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Drivers race Porsche and BMW at 140kph

TWO men who were sentenced to two months in jail for drag racing a Porshe and BMW on a country road on Christmas Day are to appeal their sentences.

BOTH young men had returned home to Rathkeale, Co Limerick, from the UK to spend the holidays with their families.

Brian Gammell (20) from Pound Lane, Rathkeale, Co Limerick, and Roger Boswell (19) of Setchel Grove, Cambridge, England, both pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Ballinlyny, Rathkeale, on Christmas Day.

The two men appeared before Judge Aeneas McCarthy at a special sitting of Limerick District Court last week.

The court heard that motorists travelling on the N21 had to take evasive action when the two motorists -- driving a red Porshe and silver BMW -- raced each other between Newcastle West and Rathkeale, Co Limerick, shortly after 3pm on December 25 last.

The race began at the Reens Pike junction on the N21 and the two high-powered cars sped off in the direction of Rathkeale reaching speeds of more than 140kph along the busy road.

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Gardai followed the cars and arrested the two men near Rathkeale.

The judge said it was a very serious matter which could have put the lives of other road users at risk. He said it was a miracle nobody was killed during the incident. Both men were jailed for two months and banned from driving for five years.

Bail on independent sureties was fixed at €1,000 each and the Herald has learned that both men, who have since been released, are appealing the severity of their sentences.

The cases will be heard at a sitting of Limerick Circuit Court where district court appeals are dealt with.

Brian Gammell's father, Patrick, was also fined €350 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening and abusive behaviour to a garda officer following the drag race.

Cllr Stephen Keary said the reckless actions of the two men could have resulted in a serious road accident.

"It is something similar to Russian roulette where you have two people going out on a single lane carriageway with two high-powered vehicles and doing a head to head from A to B," he said.

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