Crash and Burn
- Original title
Crash and Burnaka
- Running time
- 85 min.
Seán Ó Cualáin
Dot TV, Film
Documentary | Sports. Car Movies. 1980s
- Synopsis / Plot
- 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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