–Nigerian born F2 driver solicits for funds to push Motorsport forward
Nigeria youngster, Ovie Iroro says he’s primed to steer a revolution of Motorsport in the country to drive its public awareness and acceptance.
The 20-year-old Mechanical Engineering Student of University College, London said in Lagos that Motorsport is just like other sports including football, adding that he has the passion for it hence his decision to get involved.
“I’m here to raise the awareness on Motor Sport so many people can appreciate and cue into it”, Ovie said.
“Its one sport I had passion for and so far I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
“Its important Nigerians get to know about Motorsport, its safe, its convenient and its fun.”
Ovie has participated in several international Motorsport tournaments and he now drives under Ford.
He made his debut at the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain in 2010.
He was at the Donington Park and also contested the rest of the season with Richardson Racing.
“My desire at the moment is to move up to Formula One. Presently I’m in formular Two category.
“I was captivated by Motorsport because of video games I watched very early in my life. I also saw some of the Formula 1 races on television and got fascinated.
“It was the TV that helped fuel my passion to take to the sport,”
Ovie spoke about his attraction to the sport, requirements, training and challenges.
He also spoke about the various tournaments he has participated including the Young Drivers Excellence in South Africa, Spain amongst others.
“Motorsport is related to Engineering so I don’t have any problems combining my academics with the sport,” he added.
Abdul Agunbiade, who has been the driving force behind Ovie’s Motorsport drive said: “We, on our part, will push him as hard as we can to see him compete in international championships and expose him to the best races in the world”, Agunbiade said.
Ovie who is the first Nigerian to compete in the British Formula Ford Championship, said he has set his sights on a higher level.
He has made a smooth transition into Single Seater racing cars as part of his plan to work his way towards the highest levels of Motorsport. He wants to move to GP 3, GP 2 and ultimately Formular 1.
Ovie who represented Nigeria in South Africa in the Young Drivers Excellence Academy competition in 2012 called for sponsors to assist him achieve glory for Nigeria. “Motor racing is capital intensive. One needs money to take care of a lot of things”.
He won the Best Rookie award at Rye-House club championship 2012. He was part of the UCL
BUKC rookie team and helped them to place 7th overall in the UK
Ovie was also part of the 2nd Rugby team with appearances for the 1st team at Strathallan
School, Scotland and showed strong pace on Formula Ford test debut.