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BAVARIA CITY RACING - GOING DUTCH IN DUBLIN! By Brian Foley

There were mixed reactions to the Bavaria City Racing on a cold and damp June Bank Holiday Sunday. There was lots of noise and the smell of burning rubber in downtown Dublin what was basically a glorified stunt show rather than an actual motor racing event, sponsored by a Dutch beer brand. Apart from the weather, the crowds in the free viewing areas certainly had nothing to complain about. Although there was quite a large crowd the figure of 110,000 spectators does sound rather exaggerated, The Gardai did not issue any attendance figures, estimated or otherwise. Formula One cars are not exactly new to Dublin, as Grand Prix cars have actually been raced in the past in the Phoenix Park as well as a more recent number of demo runs by a F.1 William-Renault and an ex-schumacher Ferrari. Star performer in the city was of course Jenson Button, World Champion in 2009 in the F1 Vodafone Mclaren-Mercedes. The British ace commented, “The main thing for us was putting on a show so the weather didn't really make much of a difference. It was great to see such a big crowd despite the weather. This event is great for motorsports fans in Ireland, they get to hear and see a F1 car and just went crazy.". Jenson only got up to speeds of 100mph/160kph on the streets of Dublin, due to the varied street surfaces and conditions not being suitable for a low slung Formula One racing car to be driven at full racing speeds.