Known around the paddock for his dry sense of humour and passion/admiration for anything with four wheels, this week we highlight the 2017 recipient of the MK Technologies Sportsmanship Award: Kieran Murphy. A sportsman both on and off the track and a person held in the highest esteem by his fellow racers, few take the joy of piloting a race car as he does. Now, if he could just harness a little more luck of the Irish…


How long have you been racing?

2008 I started in Spec. Miata at Summit Point, West Virginia, with Meathead motor racing, run by a great group of Marines.

How long have you raced F1600?

2009 -2017

How many race cars have you owned?

3: An ancient Van Diemen, Ivan Graham’s lovely Crossle 62, and my Current Van Diemen RF91 – I am the slowest part of it.

What is your # and why did you choose it?

My number is 6. Brian Graham got it for me when I was racing under his tent. I think that’s the age I was when my parents gave me a Matchbox model of shark nose Ferrari and I wanted to race cars.

What other classes have you raced?

SCCA ITB and Spec Miata, NASA long distance 4-6 hour races including night time races with deer on the track.

What track raced has been your favourite?

The short track at Calabogie. Turn 1 is wicked.

What track would you love to race around?
Spa-Francorchamps and Laguna Seca

What is your greatest racing memory?

Either the VARAC F1600 race in 2015, or out-qualifying Steve Adams last year. I framed the results!

Favourite driver from any generation?

Tough one. I like multi-talented drivers. Mario Andretti has an amazing life story of immigration, success and talent. I saw Robert Kubica on the street in Budapest last month. You have to admire his perseverance. Jean-Pierre Beltoise raced with one good arm so it can be done.

Do you plan to be on the grid in 2018?

Absolutely, but don’t tell my wife!


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Feature photo by Michael Haley
Driver/Car photo by Richard Coburn