Phoenix Park weekend of Motor Racing

Updated: August 16, 2012

Upwards of 60,000 people are expected in Phoenix Park this weekend for the Phoenix Park Motor Races. The races celebrate the 110th anniversary of the very first motor racing event in the Park this weekend with the completely free event taking place all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Ireland’s oldest motorsport event returns after a break of two years with the last event taking place in 2009. This year’s Races will see competitive action on both days, with the highlight of the weekend, the Dublin Grand Prix, taking place on Sunday afternoon and contested by the Historic Formula Ford 2000’s.

The Oldtown Circuit is where the action will happen this weekend and it includes three main corners; Dublin corner, Furry Glen corner and the Mountjoy corner where people will get to see some exciting action. In action over the weekend will be the Formula Libre cars, the fastest cars in Irish racing, the Irish Touring Cars, Strykers, GT’s and Sprints. A full range of Ferrari’s and Supercars will be involved over the weekend and some classic bikes too.

The Paddock, which is located in Farmleigh, will give spectators the opportunity to get up close to the drivers and the cars over the two days. The RSA Shuttle and Roll-over Simulator will be there with Irish driver and Motorsport Ireland ambassador in attendance to brief spectators on the safety behind motorsport cars.

Ann Steven, Clerk of the Course for the Phoenix Park Motor Races, said; “This weekend is going to be a fantastic event. The Phoenix Park Motor Races are a great spectacle and gives everyone the chance to see high speed motorsport in the heart of Dublin, and completely free for spectators. Even if you have only a passing interest it is a great couple of days out where you can see all sorts of action on the track, and something for everyone. To be able to run such a huge and exciting event in the Phoenix Park is fantastic and the OPW have done so much to make this happen so let’s hope the sun shines for the weekend, although a drop of rain could make the track action even more exciting!”

Luas are the official transport partner to the Phoenix Park Motor Races. The Luas Red Line will operate to Heuston Station which is the closest station to the Phoenix Park and from there spectators can avail of a free shuttle bus to the venue from Parkgate Street, with their valid Luas ticket. There will be no official spectator car parking in Phoenix Park for the Races due to the heavy falls of rain over the summer.

Motorsport Ireland will also have wristbands on sale across the weekend to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and all attendees are encouraged to support the charity. For more information on the event log on to or

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