Race To Win by Derek Daly

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Motorbooks 978-0-7603-3185-9 £16.99 256 pages

Former Formula 1, Indycar and Sportscar racer Derek Daly has become quite successful off track through his race commentary on US TV Sports Channels, testing Formula 1 and various US based race cars, as well as running the race school at Las Vegas Speedway.

The Dubliner’s (whose mother hails from Westport) latest work is in writing a step-by-step manual for drivers, mechanics, team managers and parents to follow if they wish to become successful in motorsports. “Race to Win” – How to become a complete Champion driver (with forward by legendary racer Mario Andretti) analyses what made the likes of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt Sr plus others successful, and how these Champion drivers adopted to their task.

Derek reveals his Champion’s Pyramid, the six qualities that a driver needs to master a balance to succeed in racing and in life. Anyone with even a passing interest in motor racing will find this a fascinating read. Co-incidentally Tommy Byrne’s and Derek Daly’s paths crossed during their time in Formula 1 in that Daly’s move from Theodore to Williams made way for Byrne to move in and take his seat there.

jarlath sweeney