Crowds brave weather as Dublin streets become F1 track

An estimated 110,000 people attended the Bavaria City Racing Dublin motorsport demonstration today, despite an unseasonably cold downpour.

The event transformed Dublin City centre into a spectacular race track.

More than 70 vehicles were involved in the demonstration, including former F1 world champion Jenson Button who wowed the crowds in his Vodafone McLaren F1 car.

Dublin city’s iconic landmarks witnessed an array of motorsport action never seen within the city limits before including Formula 1, WRC, Superbikes, SuperCars, GP2, drifters and stunt vehicles.

Performing at the event were Button (Vodafone McLaren F1) Giedo van der Garde (Caterham F1), Eugene Laverty (Aprilia), Adam Carroll (Le Mans Spyker), Aron Smith (Motorbase Performance), Eugene Donnelly (Mini WRC), Terry Grant (Monster Street Mania) and a host of others.

Jenson Button, Vodafone McLaren F1 driver, 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."

Button reached to speeds of 100mph/160kph on the streets of Dublin today.

Peer Swinkels, board member of Bavaria N.V., explains: "We're extremely proud of having been able to bring the top in motor sport to Dublin.

"After Rotterdam and Moscow, the city centre of Dublin and its remarkable locations offer a magnificent new décor to treat the crowd to a true Formula One spectacle."

Gavin Collins, Event Director for Bavaria City Racing Dublin commented: "Today’s event has been a phenomenal success.

"The people of Dublin have turned up in their thousands and created a real festival atmosphere in the city.

"Bavaria City Racing has given every spectator a unique Formula 1 experience and shown that Bavaria City Racing has a huge future in Ireland."

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