Ovie Iroro Joins RPD Motorsport For Renault BARC Campaign


Ovie Iroro (Left) Will Race For RPD Motorsport In Formula Renault BARC


Nigerian teenager Ovie Iroro has announced his graduation into car racing with a deal to compete in the 2012 Formula Renault BARC Championship with RPD Motorsport.

18 year old Iroro began his racing career in go-karting in Nigeria, but has since moved to the UK to study at Strathallan School in Scotland, allowing him to join the BARC series and become the first Nigerian to ever compete in the championship.

Essex-based RPD Motorsport aim to run two cars in the club-level championship, but regular driver Steven Durrant won't be driving one of the cars. 2011 podium finisher Durrant has decided to step out of the driving seat so he can focus more on running the team, believing his experience as both a driver and a race engineer will benefit the team's drivers in 2012.

Iroro said: “I chose Formula Renault BARC because of its mix of close competitive racing and it’s great reputation. I also think it provides the best experience and training available at this level. Ultimately I would love to aim for an F1 seat, and I felt this is the best place to start.”

Durrant added: “We are thrilled to have Ovie on board. Even in the short time we have been working together he has been fast learning, easy to work with and shows great dedication. We have no doubt he will produce great things, and think he may prove to be a title contender in 2012.”

RPD hope to announce the identity of their second driver soon.

  • Jeremiah Otor

    Go  Ovie Go Ovie Go Ovie….. make Nigeria proud ……….we love you so much….God will continue to strengthen you and make you the best.

  • Francis Oghuma

    Impressive :) make nigerians globally proud

  • Capt’ Gambem Ntan

    OK Lets Go…Be black… be beauty…be strong… be correct… be nice… be good be right… be tight… be alright… be creative… be native… be real..have skill..and be All you can be!!!

  • Lemonandstone

    Hurray Ovie! Best of luck – we will be watching out for you at Lemon & Stone

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  • curtis123

    common ovie!

  • Yinoluwa

    OVIE!! BOSS!!!!! rep our school !!! show them wassup…goodluck man….God’s grace

  • Niyisob

    I love you man! I Really want Nigeria to lunch it own version of motor sport! This is a start!!!!!

  • Speedfreekuk

    He will need go quite a bit quicker than he was at Brands Hatch today! He will also need to try to keep it on the island and pointing in the right direction. He caused too many needless red flags for my liking and I question the wisdom of allowing a driver at this level onto the track in a General Test. He was pretty much a danger to himself as well as others! His last spin at Druids was a joke as he was only going about 10mph and then he proceeded to spark the car accross the circuit. He should have been made to call it a day at that point.