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Nigerian racing driver aims higher in motorsport

13 April 2015, 16:42Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigerian Racing driver Ovie Iroro is looking forward to an improved and better year in motorsport.

The 21-year-old is a UK-based Nigerian race car driver who competed in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain which took place on April 19th-20th 2014 at Donington Park in the UK.

He did not make it to the podium but hope to better his past performance in the sport.

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“I was selected for the FIAN academy last year to represent Nigeria due to my good performances abroad and I had some good results in some championships I raced in last year, I got quiet close but didn’t make it to the podium, my aim for this year is to make it to the podium and possibly win one or two races before the end of the season,” he told News24 Nigeria.

“With the right funding, I’ll make it to Formula One, which is my main target.”

Abdulraheem Oluwagunbiade, who is the President of Automobile Sport club of Nigeria representing Federation of International Automobile in Nigeria, stressed the need for continued support for the 21 year-old.

“Ovie is very strong and discipline, he has all it takes and I call on every Nigerian to support him, we need to at least have one Formula One driver in Nigeria,” he said.

“We’ve made name in football and athletics, let’s shift attention to motorsport.”

In pursuit of his passion, he entered the world of racing in Lagos where he competed and went on to win the first Go-Kart championship he ever entered in December 2010. From then on, he has set his sights on higher and made a smooth transition into Single Seater racing cars as part of his plan to work his way towards the highest levels of Motorsport.

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