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. His rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular. This is the story of Irishman Tommy Byrne, the greatest racing driver you never saw.
Byrne was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots in Blackrock and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Eddie Jordan the former team-owner, who worked with both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, will tell you: ‘Forget Schuey and Senna – Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.’ From troubling Ayrton Senna and making it to F1 in the ’80s to driving for gun-toting Mexicans in the ’90s, it’s the antithesis of a fairytale and it’s all true.
(1hr 36min) HD