MOTORSPORT: Mullan agrees new deal with Ecurie Australie

Jennifer Mullan and Chris Davison.
Jennifer Mullan and Chris Davison.
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Formula Ford regular Jennifer Mullan has agreed to a new and extended partnership with the historic Australian motor racing team, Ecurie Australie.

The County Down native has spent the last two years racing in Formula Ford 1600 to great success in the Mondello Park Champion of Mondello Series and last year, the All Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship.

Having also travelled to Silverstone for the Walter Hayes Trophy event over the last two years, it was at the British Grand Prix Host venue where she came to meet Ecurie Australie’s Chris Davison in 2014 and the unique relationship began to develop.

After receiving an invitation to travel to Australia and join the team in a one-off event, Jennifer and her partner Paul Grogan made the trip in March to compete in the Historic Phillip Island Classic in the team’s Reynard FF84, and take to the grid with 50 of Australia’s finest historic Formula Ford competitors.

With a progressive gridding system over five races, Mullan overcame some initial minor technical issues to finish the weekend just outside the top 20 overall.

Following the event, Jennifer and Paul, along with Chris Davison and his family, who have re-established the team originally setup by their father Lex Davison, the former multiple Australian Grand Prix winner, began to discuss the possibility of forming some stronger links for the future.

After some detailed discussions and planning, a deal was formed, and earlier this year, Jennifer took delivery of a Van Diemen RF89, which is now in the final stages of being rebuilt by Paul Grogan’s P1: Racing outfit, in preparation for her debut in the car at the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in just over a week’s time.

Mullan will race the car under the Ecurie Australie team banner, and compete with the support of Brian Soule of Souley Motorsport.

Looking ahead to 2017, Jennifer and Paul are set to return to The Phillip Island Classic in March, with Jennifer again behind the wheel of the team’s Reynard FF84.

Following this, they will then be taking part in selected races across Ireland and the UK in the RF89 Van Diemen.