JAMES Roe Jnr, a runner up in 2018, went one better this year by winning the Young Racing Driver of the Year award, while Josh McErlean was named Young Rally Driver of the Year at the event in the Citywest Hotel. Both drivers will receive support worth a total of €150,000 for the development of their careers during the 2020 season.
The event, which celebrates the success of the most talented drivers in Irish motorsport in 2019, was attended by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin; Graham Stoker, FIA Deputy President of Sport; John Naylor, President of Motorsport Ireland; Leo Hassett, CEO Motorsport Ireland; members of the media, award recipients and their guests.
More than 30 trophies were presented at the MIS Motorsport Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards to Irish drivers competing both domestically and internationally. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the prestigious Billy Coleman Award, the Sexton Trophy and the International Driver of the Year award.
The Sexton Trophy for Young Racing Driver of the Year was awarded to James Roe Jnr, from Sallins in Co Kildare. He was selected as the fifth nominee for the 2019 Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Award for his performances in the month of August.
Roe has been carving out a career in the United States in recent years and has been focusing on the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda this year, where he picked up a win in Road America on his way to claiming fifth place in the championship. Roe’s results also helped his Global Racing Group team win the Team Championship.
As part of the award, James will receive support to the value of €50,000 for the 2020 season.
James Roe Jnr said: “I am honoured to win this award. When you think about previous winners and what they have gone on to achieve on the international stage there is an overwhelming obligation on me to perform and follow in their footsteps. This award carries a lot of weight in the USA where I am based at the moment and with it I can accelerate my plans to compete in Indy Car with some of the best drivers in the World.
“I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years and it is a credit to the Team Ireland program and all at CJJ Motorsports and my sponsors and partners.”