FORMER Newbridge College student John Greaney made history back in March when he became the first winner of the ‘Race2Race’ competition and now he looks set to be crowned Irish Touring Car Series, writes Ruth Chambers.
The Race 2 Race is a nationwide competition to find a talented race driver and the Greaney claimed a fully funded season in the Irish Touring Car Championship behind the wheel of the Race 2 Race Honda. The prize was valued at approximately e30,000 and included entry fees, tyres, race suit, race team charges and fuel.
Greaney, from Brittas, was always a motor sport fan and decided to enter the 2012 Race2Race competition and indeed went on to win it and claimed twelve race entries in the 2012 Irish Touring Car Series. A meager e240 investment made Greaney a massive return it transpires.
Now, as the Irish Touring Car Series draw to a close, the 21-year-old, finds himself in first place some 40 points clear of his nearest competitor. His story is really the stuff dreams are made of.
In his first ever competitive race in the series in Mondello he qualified in an impressive fourth place. At present Greaney sits at the top of the table with 197 points, ahead of David Bailey with 154.
Greaney only recently reached the summit of the series after two victories at events in Anglesey in Wales. Then series leader Keith Rabbitt was involved in an incident with Super Touring driver Norman Fawcett and was controversially deducted points. Rabbitt’s loss was Greaney’s gain.
All Greaney now needs is two podium finishes or a win in his next race in Mondello.
Speaking to the Leinster Leader John said that entering and winning the Race2Race event really has turned his life around.
“Before I entered I was thinking about moving to England to get work and maybe do a bit of racing over there. I was always in to racing but to it full time was a dream more than anything,” said Greaney, who’s uncle owns a butcher shop in Athy.
“Now that I’m doing well and in second place my goal is to go on and win it. I’m not taking anything for granted though because there are some serious talented drivers in the championship. Either way I’m going to stick with racing now and give it a go full time so sponsorship is vital to me now,” said the amiable youngster.
You can keep up to date with John’s progress over the coming weeks at www.itcc.ie and possible sponsors can contact him on 085-7279802.