My first visit to Mondello Park came in 1987 where I witnessed one Mika Hakkinen win the Formula Opel Euro series as he step-laddered his way to become Formula One world champion.

The following year, I took on the role of Motorsport Columnist at the newly formed Irish Daily Star newspaper. Since then, I have been the Columnist with 'Is Fearr on Star ' and that ignited a three-decade long association with motorsport, both as a competitor and as a journalist.

My first stint behind the wheel came in 1992 driving in a 'Celebrity' saloon car race at Mondello Park. The following year, Godfrey Kirby and I won the 'Spirit of the Cork 20' rally in a Mark 2 Escort. Since then, I have competed in many races including Formula Vee, Rallycross, Rallying, twice in the 24-hour race at Mondello, four times in the Fiesta 6 hour and twice in the British Rallycross series.

My first real love though, was and remains Circuit Racing, and Mondello Park is a second home at times, a place where I have met now lifelong friends. Motorsport has taken me around the world following the exploits of the Jordan F1 team and I have attended every British Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch since 1988.

For the last number of years, I have been MC at the Motorsport Ireland Annual awards as well as being part of their selection panel. I am truly passionate about Motorsport and I would encourage anyone to get involved in this fantastic and incomparable sport.

John Kenny
Motorsport Journalist & Broadcaster