“The rise and fall of Drogheda’s Tommy Byrne, who, for a fleeting moment in the early 80s, was the world’s greatest driver.”
For a fleeting moment in the early 80s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest driver – the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one. Byrne was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Driving was a route out from a future of toil and drudgery he saw stretching out before him.
In a little over four years Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stockcar racing, to the big-time in Formula One. His rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.
Official selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016
Director Seán Ó Cualáin will attend.
Director Seán Ó Cualáin
Cast Tommy Byrne, Eddie Jordan, Martin Brundle, David Kennedy, Mark Hughes
Script David Burke, Seán Ó Cualáin
Producer David Burke