16-year-old Codey Keogh to tackle Monoposto in 2023
16-year-old Codey Keogh announced today that he would tackle the 2023 Monoposto Championship with Leastone Racing. The teenager, who hails from the Glen of Imaal, will make the transition to single seaters following a successful debut season in the new for 2022 Junior Mini Challenge, in which he scored several podiums, including 4 wins, on his way to the runner up spot.
Keogh began racing in 2014, where he would cut his teeth in the popular cadet class over the next 4 years. His last year in cadets would see him finish in the top 3 of the TKC championship before moving on to Junior X30. Prior to graduating to cars, Codey won the 2021 TKC Junior X30 championship, also adding the 2021 Leinster winter series to his list of accolades.
He would make the step up to cars for the 2022 season thanks to Mondellos Junior Mini Challenge initiative, which offered a path for drivers aged 14-17 to make the early jump into cars. With father Pat on the spanners, the father-son combo had a successful debut season, winning 4 races, along with the Ann Stevens trophy, on his way to second in the championship.
Keogh connected with Leastone boss Paul Heavey at the end of the season, about a potential move to single seaters and that discussion led to a successful test at Kirkistown in the teams Leastone 1000. He has since decided to commit to the full UK Monoposto Championship for 2023, where he will tackle the MonoMoto 1000 class.
Codey Keogh: ‘It’s great to get our plans for 2023 nailed down, I’m really excited for this next step into single seaters. Monoposto is an accessible route into England, as it visits all the major tracks and has some impressive machinery on the grid. While the jump from the Mini may seem like a big one on paper, I felt really comfortable during my first test. I’ve plenty homework to do over the winter but hopefully we can hit the ground running in the New Year!’
Paul Heavey: ‘Codey was very impressive. Obviously, I knew from his results in the Mini that he could drive, but he listened, didn’t make any mistakes and built up his confidence over the course of the day. Despite the lairy conditions and relative lack of running, he managed to lay down some decent laptimes. It’s great to continue to have young blood in the team and I really look forward to seeing what he can do next year!’
The Monoposto season kicks off with a double header at Snetterton on April 22/23rd. To add to the learning curve for Codey, they have decided to switch between the 200 and 300 layouts on each day! Codey is supported by Kevin O'Rourke, Pat Deegan Engineering, Leinster Pallets and Greenwood Timber and will continue the eternal search for additional sponsors during the off season. The full Monoposto calendar can be found below:
- Snetterton 200 & 300 – April 22/23rd
- Silverstone GP – May 27/28th
- Donington Park National – June 24/25th
- Brands Hatch GP – July 8th
- Oulton Park International – Aug 12th
- Anglesey – Sept 16/17th
L-R: Codey's mentor and rally legend Kevin O'Rourke, Codey Keogh and Paul Heavey