Crash & Burn

 

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The story of the greatest F1 driver never to emerge.

Crash and Burn

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Release Date: 2nd December 2016
 

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Length: 85 minutes
 
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Crash & Burn tells the story of Dundalk-born Tommy Byrne, who for a fleeting moment in the early 80s was the world’s greatest driver.  The motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one, Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stock-car racing to the big-time in Formula One in a little over four years and was a serious rival of Ayrton Senna’s.

Eddie Jordan the former team-owner, who worked with both Senna and Michael Schumacher has said: ‘Forget Schumacher and Senna. Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.’

Tommy’s rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.  He was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin, the documentary shines a light on one of professional racing’s most dashing and charismatic talents and a glittering career that was doomed before it ever began.  It is the story of the greatest F1 driver never to emerge.

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5 stars – Sunday Independent

“Essential viewing for Motorsport fans. 5 Stars.” Motorsport.ie

“Extraordinary” Film Ireland

“Unmissable” Motor Sport Magazine

“An extraordinary insight into the life and career of Tommy Byrne, the Irish F1 driver that got away. You couldn’t make it up”. 4 stars The Herald

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