The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (AMRBR) Formula 1 team are bringing one of their famous F1 cars to Marcus Square in Newry next month as part of the second City of Merchants Festival. Set to take up its podium position outside the newly opened First Derivatives building, the car will be on display between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 4 November 2018, and will add a distinct flair to the festival.

It's in celebration of Newry’s position as a leading centre of innovation and commerce and the team are being brought to Newry in partnership with Kx and Newry Business Improvement District (BID).


A Red Bull Formula 1 car will be in Newry as part of the 2018 City of Merchants Festival. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
An Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car will be in Newry as part of the 2018 City of Merchants Festival. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “This is a great high-octane addition to an already action-packed City of Merchants weekend. Unleashing the spectacle of F1 for fans across the district is fantastic, and we are thrilled that Newry is one of its pit stop destinations during its travels around Northern Ireland.

“I am delighted that the Council is working in partnership with First Derivatives and Newry BID to host the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team here and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the City of Merchants Festival weekend.”

The visit is a result of the team supplier partnership between Kx and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing which has resulted in the team using technology from Kx for the analysis of wind tunnel data; a critical element in the development of faster, more competitive F1 cars.

Speaking on the upcoming arrival of the celebrated car and its partnership with AMRBR, Louise Cunningham, Vice President of Marketing at First Derivatives said, “We are delighted to welcome Aston Martin Red Bull Racing to our hometown of Newry. Over the last year, we have been building upon our partnership and supporting the team with data analysis for off track projects helping the development of its 2019 cars. Whether you love F1 or not, to see the car up close is a fantastic opportunity.”

Newry BID Manager, Eamonn Connolly commented: “Newry BID is delighted to continue our partnership with First Derivatives; in this instance, with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team. The event epitomises First Derivatives’ cutting edge technology and commitment to Newry. We very much look forward to a family friendly event to remember, in the heart of Newry city.”

City of Merchants 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
City of Merchants 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

The City of Merchants Festival is taking place from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November and will see a whole host of activities celebrating the area’s maritime and trading heritage.

Activities on Friday include a walking tour and banquet at Bagenal’s Castle; a twilight market from 5pm to 10pm in Hill Street; free children’s art and craft workshops at the market; a sensational parade to the Fathom Line at 7.15pm ending with a magnificent fireworks display from 8pm.

On Saturday visitors can enjoy the tall ships from 12noon to 4pm; a theatrical Merchant Quest through the streets of Newry created by theatre company, Big Telly and interactive horse and trap tours. Those coming to the Festival can also enjoy a day at the museum with a guided tour of Bagenal’s Castle and there will be a comical look at trade through the years taking place in and around the city.

This year will also see the inaugural Scenic Carlingford Ferry Loop Sportive in which hundreds of keen cyclists will take on a 62km route around the shores of Carlingford Lough. More details on this event can be found at

For more information on the overall City of Merchants Festival programme and for details on how to book tickets for the events please visit:

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