Rob’s Driven To Win

Portmarnock driver Robert Cregan is emerging as a rising star of the Irish racing scene after a series of impressive performances in the Porsche Cup this season. The 20 year old architecture student, who is combining driving with his studies, says racing is all he ever wanted to do. “From before I can remember it has been the only thing I could think of doing. I wasn’t really into football or anything so this is a dream for me and thankfully I’ve been able to do it for seven years now,” Robert told the County Leader. Like most drivers Robert began his career on the karting circuit before making the decision to switch to touring cars. He began testing in Porsche 911’s and eventually signed for a team in Germany. “I had been racing single seaters in Ireland and England for two years and we felt it was time to go abroad to get my name out there. The team was located only two hours away from where my Dad lived in Germany so it was perfect, and they were one of the best Porsche teams in the world,” he says. The highlight of Robert’s season came with a second place in Spa, a racing track in Belgium, which was a terrific result after starting 9th on the grid. He was satisfied with his performance this season but knows there’s room for improvement. “The first half of the season I had a bit of bad luck and the results weren’t as good as I wanted, but people could still see that I was fast. The second half was better and I was very proud of the result in Spa,” he said. The biggest barrier for any young driver trying to forge a career in motor sport is sponsorship, and Robert is no different. Between seasons he is constantly trying to secure funds that will allow him to race. Even the best drivers in the world can’t compete without enough sponsorship. “The average cost for a season in small time motor racing is E50,000 to E100,000, and the Porsche Cup is even more. Luckily this season I was helped by the rare few people who do it to help, just because they love the sport. Unfortunately I haven’t a deal for this season yet but hopefully I will get to race later on in the year,” says Robert who says his main priority at the moment is improving. When asked about what the future may hold Robert is very certain about what career he would like. “I think any racing driver who loves driving will tell you they don’t care what they drive once they have something with an engine. For me it’s the buzz I get from beating someone or pushing a car to its limits. So I would love to drive or race anything for a job, it would be like winning the Lotto. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” he says.