Eamonn Kelly has won the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year award for 2022 at today’s ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin.
The Frosses man also received support to the value of €50,000 from Sport Ireland and Motorsport Ireland for the 2023 season as part of the award, as well as a further €50,000 has been pledged by the Team Ireland Foundation thanks to support from John Coyne.
The 23-year-old, who lives in Dublin, was nominated for his performances in the first third of this year and went on to further successes throughout the season, securing the 2022 Junior British Rally Championship title behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta Rally4.
Eamonn faced stiff competition during the selection process for the award as he fended off a number of other great young drivers to take top spot in what has been described as one of the closest decisions in recent years.
He now joins a list of illustrious winners of the Billy Coleman Award, which includes World Rally Championship driver, Craig Breen, and four-time British Rally champion Keith Cronin.