Student wins Todd Leap great race car giveaway
Jan 31, 2012
A University of Ulster sports studies student, 21 year old Caoimhe Quinn from Ardgannon, Quarry Lane, Dungannon has driven away in the Todds Leap Mitsubishi Evo IV The car was the official spectator safety car in the Todds Leap Ulster rally 2011
Caoimhe was the lucky winner in the Todds Leap Ulster Rally car draw and entered the draw at the freshers fayre at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, where the car was on display.
Thousands had entered the competition, which closed on New Year’s Eve with the winner picked live on the Q Network on Wednesday, 25th January by Amy Cox, the first driver, male or female, to win the Irish Rallysport Association junior championship three years in a row.
Asked why he had decided to give away the car which he had driven in the 2011 Ulster Rally, owner and Managing Director of Todds Leap, Benny O’Hanlon, said: “At the end of the Ulster Rally someone asked me what I was going to do with the car and joked that if you couldn’t sell it, you could always give it away. I replied off the cuff, “that’s a brilliant idea” and the more I thought about it, I realized someone else could have the opportunity to own and drive this superb vehicle.
“Firstly I would like to thank the thousands of people who entered the free draw and I want to wish Caoimhe the best of luck with the car and I hope she has as much fun and enjoyment with it as I have had. She can use it as a track car or have it converted for road use, or keep it as a collector’s item, because in the future it will be worth even more than it is now.”
Speaking as the car was handed over, Caoimhe said: “I was totally shocked and completely surprised when I was told I had won. Todds Leap had checked my name, address, date of birth, phone number and email and I still couldn’t believe it was me. I thought it was a prank! I don’t know what I’m going to do with the car now as the news still hasn’t sank in.”
Amy Cox, the well known rally driver from Omagh wished Caoimhe all the best with her very own race car, saying: “It’s brilliant for Caoimhe to win the car. There are more females interested in and taking part in motorsport now than ever before and the fact that Caoimhe is into cars and is a sports studies student means she will really appreciate the prize.”