Tweet
 
The ACO pays tribute to Martin Birrane

The ACO pays tribute to Martin Birrane

11.06.2018: It is with great sadness that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has learned of the passing of Martin Birrane on Saturday 9 June, at the age of 82.

 
It is with great sadness that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has learned of the passing of Martin Birrane on Saturday 9 June, at the age of 82.

 



Ever the gentleman, Martin Birrane managed to integrate his keen passion for motorsport into his business activities. He competed in many disciplines in a career spanning more than forty years.



He raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans ten times between 1973 and 1988, winning the GT class at the wheel of a BMW M1 in 1985. In July 2007, his final competition saw him drive a Lola T70 MK3B.



This car was particularly dear to him as he became the boss of Lola Cars in 1997. His company was a shining light in the automotive world. He had also been the immensely proud owner of the Mondello Motor Racing Circuit in Caragh, in his country of birth – Ireland. This FIA-approved track is home to British Superbike, British Touring Car Championship and FIA Sportscars events.  
 
 


Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, paid this tribute:
“We have lost a man who worked tirelessly for fifty years in motoring and motorsport. Martin Birrane was a driver, team boss, carmaker and circuit owner.



He knew every facet of a motoring world for which he held such passion. It is a very sad day. My warmest thoughts and sincere condolences go to his family and loved ones.”
 





- ACO also photo

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/aco-tribute-martin-birrane---177219.html

11.06.2018 / MaP

More News

Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione 24h Le Mans race preview
11.06.2018
A Race Engineers' Perspective Following Le Mans Test Day Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Am No. 85:    Ben Keating (USA)                  &nbs more >>
Legendäres 24-Stunden-Rennen von Le Mans komplett live bei Eurosport 1
11.06.2018
• Eurosport überträgt den Rennklassiker am 16. und 17. Juni live im Free-TV bei Eurosport 1 und im Eurosport Player• 15 Live-Stunden zusätzliche Berichterstattung inklusive Freie Trainings und Qualifying im Vorlauf zum Rennen bereits ab Mittwoch, 13. Juni• Neunmaliger Le Mans-Gewinner Tom Kristensen erneut als Experte mit more >>
The Le Mans 24 Hours drivers are in town!
10.06.2018
Today’s scrutineering session on Place de la République kicked off 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours race week. Some 60 drivers and 22 machines underwent the mandatory checks to be cleared to race. Rain or shine, the procedures are always attended more >>
United Autosports set for two-car assault on Le Mans 24 Hours
10.06.2018
•    United Autosports to race two Ligier JS P217s in 86th Le Mans 24 Hours•    F1 stars, Juan Pablo Montoya and Paul Di Resta join driver line up•    Successful test day for reigning LMP3 Champions more >>
The 2020 regulations to be revealed on 15 June!
08.06.2018
On the eve of the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (16-17 June) and in preparation for the future of endurance racing, the ACO and the FIA will release the 2020-2024 regulations in their entirety at the official ACO Press Conference held at the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit on Friday 15 June at 10:30 a.m. That and much more! more >>
Panis-Barthez Competition is tackling its third participation in the 24H of Le Mans.
08.06.2018
A few days before embarking in this adventure, Olivier Panis, the Team manager of Panis-Barthez Competition announced his goals and presented his line up composed of: the British Will Stevens and the French Timothée Buret and Julien Canal. In the course of the 24H of Le Mans, the 3 drivers will be joined by Tristan Vautier as a reserve driver.   more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing ready for Le Mans Challenge
08.06.2018
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing takes on the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours this month with the clear aim of victory in the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).Two 1,000PS TS050 HYBRID cars are entered in the 86th edition of the classic French more >>
2018 Le Mans 24 Hours programme
07.06.2018
2018 LE MANS 24 HOURS 86th event2nd round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship 16 - 17 June 2018Tuesday 12th June10:30-10:45: Drivers’ official photograph17:00-18:30: Drivers’ officia more >>
Michael Fassbender, guest of honour at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
07.06.2018
The 24 Hours of Le Mans attracts stars from all over the world and our guest of honour this year is none other than Michael Fassbender. His passion for motoring is not role-play.Michael Fassbender, who has played roles in Alien, Inglorious Bast more >>
Productive running for LARBRE Competition at Official Le Mans 24h test day
07.06.2018
FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 team Larbre Competition enjoyed a productive day’s running at last weekend’s official Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day (3 June).The test was the only opportunity for drivers Romano Ricci, Erwin Creed and Thomas Dagone more >>
Innovative light technology on the new BMW M8 GTE turns night into day.
07.06.2018
 24 Hours of Le MansBMW’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) on 16th/17th June is fast approaching, and the BMW works drivers will be hoping to make light of the demanding night hours at the endurance classic, which forms the more >>
A host of stars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018!
05.06.2018
The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 15:00 on Saturday 16 June and as usual, a multitude of stars will be cheering alongside the crowd of motorsports fans. The long list includes Kiera Chaplin, Alain Fabien Delon, Tony Parker and Arnaud Ducret.  The pinnacle of the enduran more >>
Ford Prepared for Toughest Le Mans 24 Hours Yet
05.06.2018
•    Four Ford GTs to take on the most competitive GTE Pro class to date•    Ford Chip Ganassi Racing to fight for second Le Mans victory•    The 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours gets underway at 15:00hrs CET on Saturday, June 16•    The Ford Le Mans Livestream returns on fordperform more >>
24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day in Figure
04.06.2018
At Test Day yesterday (Sunday 3 June), teams in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans (the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship) went through a dry run ahead of the big race on 16–17 June. They all learned some valuable lessons during their time out on the track.  more >>
More than 1000 kilometers for Cetilar Villorba Corse at Le Mans
04.06.2018
In the official test day the Italian team covered a total of 78 laps with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Nasr at the wheel of the LMP2 class Dallara that now is ready for the legendary 24 Hours (June 16-17)Cetilar Villorba Corse started more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing tops Le Mans test day
04.06.2018
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing completed a positive and constructive official test day at the Circuit de la Sarthe today as its preparations for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours stepped up a gear. Following its one-two victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) se more >>
Signatech Alpine Matmut ready to battle in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
04.06.2018
•    Working hard throughout the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day, Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrão and Pierre Thiriet accumulated more than 1100km in the N°36 Alpine A470.•    While working mainly on more >>
Porsche teams fully prepared for the world’s toughest automobile race
04.06.2018
Test Day, World Endurance Championship WEC, Round 2 in Le Mans/FranceOn June 16, the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours takes off. This weekend’s official pre-test marked the start of the critical phase for the world’s toughest automobile race. more >>
BMW makes its return to Le Mans as the BMW M8 GTE completes the official test day.
04.06.2018
BMW has returned to the world-famous Circuit de la Sarthe in France, where the pair of BMW Team MTEK M8 GTEs have successfully completed testing for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. On Sunday’s one-day test, the number 81 and 82 cars covered a total more >>
24h Le Mans official test day - Classification by driver and fastest lap
03.06.2018
Official Test - 86º Edition des 24 Heures du MansFIA WECSunday, June 3rd 2018Classification by Driver And Class Fastest LapLMP11 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 - Hybr more >>
24h Le Mans official test day classification by class
03.06.2018
Official Test - 86º Edition des 24 Heures du MansFIA WECSunday, June 3rd 2018LMP11 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing S. BUEMI / K. NAKAJIMA / F. ALONSO / J. LOPEZ Toyota TS050 - Hybrid H M 3:1 more >>
24h Le Mans official test day overall classification
03.06.2018
1 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing S. BUEMI / K. NAKAJIMA / F. ALONSO / J. LOPEZ Toyota TS050 - Hybrid LMP1 H M 3:19.066 56 106 - - 246.42 3 Rebellion Racing T. LAURENT / M. BECHE / G. MENEZES Rebellion R13 - Gibson LMP1 M 3:19.680 45 74 +0.614 +0.614 more >>
A great Sunday at Le Mans for Alonso
03.06.2018
Test Day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, second round of the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), saw rookie Fernando Alonso clock the fastest time of the day at the wheel of his Toyota TS050 Hybrid prototype. The Spanish driver describes this new experience.Seated more >>
Toyota and Fernando Alonso quickest today in 24h Le Mans test day
03.06.2018
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day is an opportunity for teams entered in the race to try out their set-ups, while rookies get to grips with the iconic circuit and the organiser makes sure that the various procedures run smoothly. Today&r more >>
24h Le Mans test day standings 16h and notes
03.06.2018
 24 Hours Le Mans Test daySunday, June 3rd 2018Top of the LMP1 standings:1. #8 Toyota - Toyota Gazoo Racing - 3:19.0662. #3 Rebellion R13 - Gibson - Rebellion Racing - 3:19.6803. #7 Toyota - Toyota Gazoo Racin more >>
24h Le Mans test day news and standings at 15h
03.06.2018
Things have shifted up a gear this afternoon with an excellent lap from Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with a time of 3:20.008, putting him at the top of the standings. He didn’t stay there long, however, as Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hyb more >>
24h le Mans Test day - news after Midday
03.06.2018
24h Le Mans Test day Sunday, June 3rd 2018Top 3 general classification at 12.30hToyota #8 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - 3'21"468Rebellion R13 - Gibson #3 - Rebellion Racing - 3'21"828Toyota #7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - 3'22"187 more >>
24h Le Mans test after 3 hours
03.06.2018
24h Le Mans test Sunday, June 3rd 2018After 3 hours of racing in 24 Hours of Le Mans test day here the leader of the field:1. Toyota #8 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - 3'21"4682. Rebellion R13 - Gibson #3 - Rebellion Racing - 3'21"828 more >>
24h Le Mans test day after 2 hours
03.06.2018
General classification after 2 hours in 24h Le Mans Test day    Toyota #8 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - 3'21"468    Rebellion R13 - Gibson #3 - Rebellion Racing - 3'22"929    Toyota #7 - Toyota Gaz more >>
Here is the official photo of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans!
02.06.2018
The tension is starting to rise here at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans. On the eve of Test Day, all the cars that will compete in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans took position on the pit straight to launch the 86th running of the world’s great more >>
Two Porsche 911 RSR compete in historic livery in Le Mans
02.06.2018
World Endurance Championship WEC, Round 2 in Le Mans/FrancePorsche fields two special Porsche 911 RSR at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: The factory-run cars with the starting numbers 91 and 92 will compete sporting the traditional Le Mans liveries more >>
Jenson Button ready to take on Le Mans
02.06.2018
On the morning of Friday 1 June, Jenson Button completed his mandatory simulator session in Paris before heading to Le Mans, ready for the Test Day on Sunday 3 June.Jenson Button has cleared the first hurdle on the route to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 20 more >>
Test day 24 Hours of Le Mans - Sunday 3 June
02.06.2018
Two weeks before the start of the big race, the 60 competitors must take part in Test Day which includes several hours on the track, allowing them to get their bearings and scope out the opposition. Admission is free for General Enclosure ticket holders.Nearly every more >>
Signatech Alpine Matmut switches to Le Mans mode
01.06.2018
•    Two weeks before the race itself, the Test Day (June 3) kicks off the main event of the season. •    Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrão and Pierre Thiriet will be at the wheel of the n°36 Alpine A470 to determine the best set-ups for the legendary 13.626 km circuit. more >>
Official test day for Cetilar Villorba Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
31.05.2018
Everything is ready in the Italian team that on Sunday will practice on the legendary French track with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Nasr at the wheel of the #47 Dallara in view of the mid-June raceCetilar Villorba Corse will take part more >>
Thierry Bouvet - Understanding Equivalence of Technology
30.05.2018
With the Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day fast approaching, ACO Technical Delegate Thierry Bouvet explains what’s what when it comes to Equivalence of Technology (EoT). The rule is the result of many discussions between the ACO, the FIA, and LMP1 ch more >>
24h Le Mans - Fun for the whole family from 10-17 June
29.05.2018
In addition to the race spectators can enjoy a week of activities from Sunday 10th to Sunday 17th June. A raft of festive, convivial events will take place in addition to the race  throughout more >>
Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione 24h Le Mans test day preview
29.05.2018
Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Am No. 85:    Ben Keating (USA)                                                  &nb more >>
Calling all football and Le Mans 24 Hours fans
28.05.2018
Torn between supporting your team and watching Le Mans 24 Hours? Don’t worry! You can do both.You won’t miss any of the action, either on the pitch or on the track. You can even help the French crowd cheer on Les Bleus before the start of the more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright