Huge progress and race wins for Alex Dunne in UAE Formula 4

Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year, Alex Dunne, prepared for his 2022 European Car Racing season with an impressive, confidence building, challenge for the UAE Formula 4 Championship during January and February. The sixteen year old Irish star made huge progress as he took his first two car racing wins and established himself as a consistent front runner in a championship which featured the top young racers from around the world.

Dunne headed to the UAE in Early January to meet up with his new team, Hitech GP and get acquainted with the all new Formula 4 car which has been introduced for 2022. With new tracks to learn and the entire championship condensed into five consecutive weekends the Harris Group and Motorsport Ireland backed driver new he had a major challenge ahead.

With limited testing available, the opening race weekends were used to try a range of different set-ups on the unfamiliar car, but this did not hold Alex back as he just missed out on a podium by finishing fourth in race one at the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit. Two more top tens were achieved over the remaining three races to complete a solid opening weekend.

Moving to Dubai Autodrome for the second round, the team continued to gather data on the new car by trying a range of setups, resulting in a string of top ten finishes. Staying at Dubai Autodrome for round three, Alex’s results from the first three races of the event did not properly reflect the progress being made, but he put that right in the final race of the weekend.

Having started fifth the only Irish driver in the field showed his true potential for the first time as he led comfortably by the end of lap one. An incident behind him brought out the red flags and while Dunne followed the rules and returned to the grid every other driver in the field made their way into pit lane. The actions of the other drivers led to the bizarre situation where Alex would start the race as the only car on the grid, but with so many cars starting from pit lane it was decided to re-start the race behind as safety car while adding a five second penalty to the entire field, except Alex.

Away from the restart the Hitech car again led and pulled clear of the field apart from just one of his competitors. With his pit crew keeping him informed of his advantage the young Irish driver allowed his rival to pass, rather than getting into a battle and then maintained the gap at under five seconds to take his first Car Racing win.

With the development work on the car progressing, Dunne was at his most competitive for the final two rounds. At round 4 he qualifying on the front two rows in both sessions and then went on to add another podium finish to his record, before heading for the final weekend of the season.

Returning to Yas Marina for the first time since round one, Alex ran at the front throughout the weekend taking an impressive second race win of the year in race three along with fastest lap. With the front portion of the grid reversed for the final race, Alex’s win put him eleventh on the grid but he impressed once again as he coolly picked of his rivals to finish the championship with a fourth podium.

Speaking on his return home from the UAE, Alex expressed his satisfaction with the way things had gone. “We went to the UAE Championship to build my knowledge of the new car and to learn some new tracks and the whole experience has been extremely beneficial. I learned so much about working with a team of the calibre of Hitech, and developing a car. For all the hard work to result in my first Car Racing wins has just been phenomenal. In the end I took two wins, two more podiums and finished fifth in the standings, while competing against the best young talent in the world. I have to thank Hitech for the opportunity of racing in the UAE and all of my sponsors, Harris Group, Motorsport Ireland, VTL, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan and PDS as without them and the support of my parents I would not have been on the grid.”

Alex Dunne will continue his 2022 Formula 4 challenge in Europe. Details of his 2022 programme are still being finalised with will be announced over the coming weeks. To keep up to date with Alex’s career you can follow him on his social media channels.

 

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ADAC F4 Round 6, Nurburgring – Nov 5 to 7 – event details

You can follow Alex’s progress through Rounds 16, 17 & 18 of the German ADAC F4 Championship on November 5th – 7th, using the links below.

The event begins with practice and two qualifying sessions on Friday followed by Race 1 on Saturday and Races 2 & 3 on Sunday.

TIMETABLE FRIDAY
Free Practice: 08:45 – 09:15
Qualifying 1: 12:25 – 12:40
Qualifying 2: 12:45 – 13:00

TIMETABLE SATURDAY
Race 1: 10:15 – 10:45

TIMETABLE SUNDAY
Race 2: 08:45 – 09:15
Race 3: 13:00 – 13:30

LIVE TIMING

RESULTS

LIVESTREAM – Available Saturday & Sunday

 

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Alex Dunne looking for more German Formula 4 success

Fifteen year old Alex Dunne from Clonbullogue, County Offaly, completes his 2021 German Formula 4 season this coming weekend (November 5th – 7th) as he looks to add to his 2021 achievements on his first visit to the historic Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit.

Despite having competed in just two ADAC Formula 4 Championship weekends, Alex is already seen as one of the stars of the series as he has picked up an impressive list of achievements. The young Irish driver raced to two debut second place finishes at Hockenheim in September and then took his Harris Group and Maxus backed Car to two pole positions on his return to the track two weeks ago. An impressive four rookie wins from six starts, as well as being the only rookie to have started from pole position, have marked the young Irish driver out as one to watch for the future.

This weekend the German Formula 4 series finishes off its season with its first trip of the year to the former German Formula One venue, The Nurburgring. The ADAC Formula 4 series will race on a slightly shortened version of the Grand Prix track and with no previous experience of the circuit and no pre-event testing available, Alex will be on a steep learning curve from the start.

Having shown on his previous appearances that he is quick to learn a circuit, Alex will be aiming to use the two thirty minute practice sessions to prepare himself and his US Racing car, before heading into the all important qualifying sessions on Friday afternoon. Friday’s qualifying will decide the starting positions for Saturday’s race and the first race on Sunday, while the Sunday morning race result will be reversed to give the starting positions for the afternoons’ final race.

“From what I’ve seen of the track, I’m expecting it to be a big challenge”, said Alex before heading for Germany. “There’s a lot of elevation changes and a good mixture of slow and fast sections so I need to wait and see how practice goes before I know where we sit. Following the successes of Hockenheim, I have high expectations for the weekend and will be aiming to get back on the podium, hopefully take some more Rookie wins and maybe even my first outright Car Racing victory. As this will be my final event of the season I’m aiming to put in a strong performance for all of my backers, Harris Group, Maxus, VTL, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan Marble, PDS Associates, Xpress Health and Motorsport Ireland.”

Alex’s progress in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship at the Nurburgring this weekend can be followed by clicking the links to the live stream and live timing on his web site, www.alexdunneracing.com.

 

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Alex Dunne impresses once again with double pole position and two rookie wins

Alex Dunne returned to the ADAC Formula 4 Championship last weekend (October 22nd – 24th) to contest three more rounds of the German based series and impressed once again. The fifteen year old topped both qualifying sessions before picking up two Rookie class wins on his way to fourth place in races two and three.

Returning to the Hockenheim track for a second visit, Alex went into the weekend full of confidence, having battled his way to two second place finishes on the same circuit back in September. A clutch problem in Friday’s wet opening practice session limited the Offaly teenagers’ track time, leaving him seventh fastest at the end of the session. With the clutch replaced the Harris Group and Maxus backed driver was back on form in session two to end up third quickest overall, well clear of his nearest Rookie class rival.

Qualifying for races one and two took place in quick succession on Friday afternoon and right from the start the young Irish driver was amongst the quickest. With five minutes left in session one Alex moved to the top of the time sheets and his time was quick enough to remain there until the chequered flag. By securing pole for race one Dunne became the first Rookie in the series to take a front row start. Following a five minute break the cars were back on track for session two and once again it was Dunne who emerged from the pack to top the time sheets and take an incredible double pole position.

The Irish driver was back on track for race one on Saturday, but an issue with his new clutch saw him make a slow getaway leaving him down in sixth place. After a long safety car period Dunne was getting back up to speed when one of his rivals, while attempting to overtake, ran wide and knocked Alex’s front wing off leading to him crashing out.

Starting from pole again in race two on Sunday, the clutch issues continued and this time the Rookie found himself down in seventh place by the end of lap one. Having worked his way back to fourth, Alex was able to match the pace of the leaders as he consolidated another Rookie class win and fourth place overall.

Starting fifth for Sunday’s race three, another problematic start put Dunne down to ninth place but once again he was able to battle back through the field. Having made it up to fourth by the end of lap three he was once again as quick as the drivers ahead of him but was unable to close the gap as he finished off his weekend with another Rookie win and fourth place.

Speaking after this second weekend in the German series Alex said “I’m really happy with the progress I’m making and speed I’ve shown. Taking two pole positions is a really good achievement, especially as I am a rookie up against much more experienced drivers. I was a bit disappointed with races one and two, but I know that we’ll get the starting issues sorted and I’ll be back even stronger at the next event at the Nurburgring. I have to be happy with two Rookie wins and I’m very grateful to all of my backers, Harris Group, Maxus, VTL, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan Marble, PDS Associates, Xpress Health and Motorsport Ireland whose support has made this possible”.

Alex Dunne will make his final appearance of the year when the German Formula 4 championship reaches its climax at the Nurburgring, from November 5th to 7th.

 

 

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ADAC F4 Round 5, Hockenheim – Oct 22 to 24 – event details

You can follow Alex’s progress through Rounds 13, 14 & 15 of the German ADAC F4 Championship on October 22nd – 24th, using the links below.

The event begins with two practice and two qualifying sessions on Friday followed by Race 1 on Saturday and Races 2 & 3 on Sunday.

TIMETABLE FRIDAY
Free Practice 1: 08:00 – 08:30
Free Practice 2: 11:05 – 11:35
Qualifying 1: 15:45 – 16:00
Qualifying 2: 16:05 – 16:20

TIMETABLE SATURDAY
Race 1: 11:00 – 11:30

TIMETABLE SUNDAY
Race 2: 09:25 – 09:45
Race 3: 13:15 – 13:45

LIVE TIMING

RESULTS

LIVESTREAM – Available Saturday & Sunday

 

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Alex Dunne back in German Formula 4 action

Rising Irish Motor Racing star, Alex Dunne, heads for Germany once again this weekend (October 22nd – 24th), as he continues his season in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. The Offaly based youngster returns to the Hockenheim circuit where he made a sensational debut back in September, picking up two podiums along with one fastest lap and finishing best rookie.

Alex returns to the German based championship with increased backing from the Harris Group, who have committed to supporting him for the next two seasons. Driving for the US Racing team run by Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Unger, the fifteen year old will be out to go one better than his previous best finishes and take his first Car Racing victory.

Speaking before his second weekend in the German series, Alex was upbeat about his chances for the weekend. “I’m looking forward to getting back out in the car, The team have done a good job and I look forward to having another positive weekend.

I’ll be on track for free practice one and two, followed by two qualifying sessions on Friday and I’ll then have three races over Saturday and Sunday. Once again I’d like to say a huge thanks to all my sponsors for the on-going support.”

Alex’s progress in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship can be followed on the championship web site, with all of the weekends’ races live streamed. Alex can also be followed on his social media pages and his web site www.alexdunneracing.com.


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Harris Group backs rising young racing driver, Alex Dunne

Ireland’s leading commercial vehicle distributor announces two-year sponsorship of Alex Dunne

The future of Irish motorsport is looking very promising; Alex Dunne (15) is making a big impression on his new team US Racing, headed up by Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Ungar. And supporting him on his ambitions are the Harris Group, who has committed to sponsoring Alex.

The teenager from Offaly made his debut for US Racing in ADAC Formula 4 at the famous German racing circuit, Hockenheim. Finishing second in two of his races, Alex also posted the fastest lap to finish the weekend as the number one rookie.

At the sponsorship announcement, Denise Harris, CEO of Harris Group said: “For such a young man, Alex has the composure and confidence of someone with much more experience. We have been closely following Alex’s racing career over the past few years and are delighted to be part of his success. However, we know the best is yet to come and we are committed to supporting Alex in his endeavours to reach Formula 1. We are really looking forward to watching him race over the next few seasons as he continues to make his mark in international motorsport”.

In his short career, Alex has already made a name for himself, since his debut in the Irish Karting Championship in 2014. Since then, he has been no stranger to the podium with several wins in Ireland, UK and across Europe. 2021 has seen Alex take on Formula 4, initially racing in Spain and now Germany with US Racing.

Commenting on what the backing from Harris Group means, Alex said: “Joining a team like US Racing wouldn’t be possible without support like this from sponsors such as the Harris Group and I really appreciate their belief in me. Motor racing is something that I love and is in my blood. I’ve been driving karts since I was nine and really enjoy competing. Being able to race with a team like US Racing is a fantastic opportunity. I’ve got a great team behind me and I am learning every time I sit in the car.”

Alex’s next race weekends take place on October 22nd to 24th, at Hockenheim and November 5th to 7th at the Nürburgring. Following that, Alex will begin testing and preparation for the 2022 season.

ABOUT HARRIS GROUP

Harris Group is Ireland’s pre-eminent importer and distributor of commercial vehicles. Founded in 1961 by Pino Harris, it is best known for its commercial vehicle brands that include Isuzu, Maxus, Hino and Higer. The company relocated in 2019 to a significant new business campus on Dublin’s Naas Rd. featuring a training school, offices and extensive parts, workshop and after-sales facilities.

Harris Group has an ever-expanding range of electric vehicles from LCVs to buses. The current offering includes the road-ready Maxus e DELIVER 3 and Maxus e DELIVER 9 electric vans and the Higer STEED, a 100% electric and metro-ready bus. The newest arrival is the Higer Azure. This 12-metre, 100% electric bus has ground-breaking technology that makes it even greener than ever before, with an industry leading range of over 375km on a single charge.

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Alex Dunne produces an excellent debut performance in Germany

Offaly teenager Alex Dunne made an excellent German Formula 4 debut at Hockenheim last weekend as he got back on track following a two month break. Impressing his new team, US Racing, the youngster took two second place finishes, along with fastest lap in race two, to finish the weekend as top rookie.

Despite his lack of experience in the series, the Harris Group and Maxus backed driver stunned the championship regulars with his pace as he took top spot in both of Friday’s practice sessions. Alex continued to show his pace in Saturday’s qualifying, as he topped the time sheets for much of both sessions before narrowly missing out on a pair of front row starts.

The opening race saw Alex make a good getaway to maintain his third starting position but he was immediately looking for an opportunity to move up a place. The battle over second allowed the leader to open up an early advantage and by the time Alex had grabbed the place the leader had a significant gap which the fifteen year old Irish driver was unable to close. At the end of the long thirty minute race Dunne was secure in second, impressively beating his more experienced US Racing teammates and finishing well clear of the other rookies in the race.

Starting third again in race two, Dunne once again got away well but got pushed back to fourth place at the end of lap one. The Clonbullogue resident was in determined form and moved back into third on lap three, before closing in on the lead battle. At one third distance Alex pulled off a brilliant passing manoeuvre to take second and then set off after the leader. As in race one the closeness of the competition meant that, despite setting fastest lap, Alex was not able to close enough on the leader and had to settle for another impressive runner-up spot.

With the top eight reversed for race three Dunne lined up seventh and was looking forward to another fight back, until disaster struck at the start of the warm-up lap. As the US Racing driver got moving, another driver swept across from the opposite side of the grid and hit his front wheel, causing enough damage to put the rookie out of the race.

Speaking after his debut German F4 weekend Alex Dunne said, “I’m extremely happy with my weekend’s work. It was my first race weekend with US Racing and my first at Hockenheim, so I was delighted to be quickest in free practice. But for a couple of small errors in qualifying, I would have also had two pole positions, but that just goes to show how competitive the series is. To come away with two second places, two rookie class wins and fastest lap in race two is a great result it’s just a pity I did not make the grid in race three due to a bad error by another driver. I have to thank the team and my engineer, we worked really well together and I really enjoyed it. Thanks also have to go to the Harris Group, Maxus, VTL, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan Marble, PDS Associates, Xpress Health and Motorsport Ireland who have all stuck with me while I was unable to race.”

Alex Dunne will be back in action in the German F4 Championship, once again at Hockenheim, on October 22nd to 24th.

 

 

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ADAC F4 Round 3, Hockenheim – Sept 17 to 19 – event details

You can follow Alex’s progress through Rounds 7, 8 & 9 of the German ADAC F4 Championship on Sept 17th – 19th, using the links below.

The event begins with two practice and two qualifying sessions on Friday followed by Race 1 on Saturday and Races 2 & 3 on Sunday.

TIMETABLE FRIDAY
Free Practice 1: 08:00 – 08:30
Free Practice 2: 10:35 – 11:05
Qualifying 1: 14:40 – 14:55
Qualifying 2: 15:00 – 15:15

TIMETABLE SATURDAY
Race 1: 11:45 – 12:15

TIMETABLE SUNDAY
Race 2: 10:50 – 11:20
Race 3: 14:50 – 15:20

LIVE TIMING

LIVESTREAM – Available Saturday & Sunday

RESULTS

 

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Alex Dunne joins US Racing in Germany’s ADAC Formula 4 Championship

Irish teenager Alex Dunne will join US Racing at the next round of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in Hockenheim, Germany, on September 17th to 19th.

After making the step from Karting to Car Racing this year, the 15 year old from County Offaly completed several Formula 4 races in the Spanish F4 Championship and now joins with US Racing in Germany’s ADAC Formula 4 Championship for selected races of the series.

“Having gained some experience in single seaters, I am happy to be able to confirm that I will be racing for US Racing in the upcoming rounds of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship at Hockenheim.” said Alex on the announcement of his deal with US Racing. “US Racing is a very successful team with lots of experience. We’ve already had a successful test and some simulator sessions and I feel very comfortable in the team and can’t wait to finally start a race weekend with them.”

“Alex has a very concentrated and exemplary attitude towards racing and being a race driver. His attitude and approach impressed me right at our first test in Formula 4 together. The first test already showed that he has a really good speed, so I think Alex has a big potential for a successful race weekend in Hockenheim”, explained Gerhard Ungar.

Ralf Schumacher is also pleased to have the new US Racing Team member on board, “Alex is still very young but very focused and ambitious, he already showed his potential during our test in the Formula 4 car. I am very happy to have him in the Team.”

The upcoming ADAC Formula 4 event will run from the 17th to the 19th of September with three rounds set to be contested.

 

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