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?
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!