Ovie Iroro made History by being the First Nigerian to compete in the British Formula Ford Championship.


About Ovie

Ovie Ross Iroro is a 22 year old Racing Driver and Mechanical Engineering graduate from University College London. He first became attracted to Motorsport by watching the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race. In pursuit of his passion, he entered the world of racing in Lagos where he competed and went on to win the first Go-Kart championship he ever entered in December 2010. From then on, he has set his sights on higher and made a smooth transition into Single Seater racing cars as part of his plan to work his way towards the highest levels of Motorsport.


From many years of experience working with young drivers Ovie certainly has a good level of natural ability, desire and determination to become a very successful driver. Ovie certainly has the ingredients required provided he puts in the effort, commitment and hard work.
— Neil Riddiford, Commercial Director, iZone Driver Performance
Ovie has showed strong pace so far in Pre-Season testing, he definitely has the potential to fight for Scholarship class podiums as the season progresses
— Gwyn Richardson, Team Principal
Not just in Nigeria, but throughout West Africa and beyond there is real passion for motor racing, as that domestic demand grows it will present opportunities for the development of home grown industries surrounding the sport, from the manufacture of parts and tyres to servicing and maintenance.
— Kola Aluko, Nigerian energy business magnate

His Achievements

  • Made history by being the First Nigerian Driver to compete in the British Formula Ford Championship
  • Won the First ever Go-Kart championship he entered in December 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Won Best Rookie award at Rye-House club championship 2012
  • Part of the UCL BUKC rookie team and helped them to place 7th overall in the UK
  • Was part of the 2nd Rugby team with appearances for the 1st team at Strathallan School, Scotland.
  • Achieved good results in debut Formula Ford season.
  • Selected to represent Nigeria in South Africa in the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy. 
  • Graduated from UCL with a MEchanical Engineering degree.

Racing Career