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Young Mountfield driver nominated for Coleman award

Patrick O'Brien and Aine McGuigan celebrate

Patrick O’Brien and Aine McGuigan celebrate

A TALENTED young rally driver from Mountfield has been shortlisted for a prestigious award worth a whopping £50, 000 after winning the Irish Junior Forestry Championship at the first attempt.

At the weekend teenager Patrick O’Brien stormed to victory in the final round by winning all six stages in the Glens of Antrim Rally to clinch the championship outright.

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That sensational triumph now means the 18-year-old student mechanic has netted a nomination for the Billy Coleman Award and with it the chance to win a financial bonanza towards his rally career.

On Tuesday Patrick, who is managed and sponsored by DJ Motorsport, travels to Dublin along with eight other hopefuls to be interviewed by representatives of Motorsport Ireland and the Irish Sports Council.

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