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Motor Racing: O'Leary's an F1 dreamer.

DAVID O'LEARY could be forgiven for being bleary-eyed for today's derby encounter with Bradford City - thanks to his passion for Formula One motor racing.

This afternoon the Leeds United manager will be focused on his team's pursuit of Manchester United for the title.

But at 3am today he sat up in his bed watching the Australian Grand Prix and supporting fellow Irishman Eddie Jordan's team.

Just as O'Leary is hounding United on the pitch, Jordan aims to put pressure on the red champions of the track, Ferrari.

"If I am a bit bleary eyed at Bradford you'll know why?" O'Leary said. "But I think it is more likely the adrenaline will be pumping."

O'Leary's obsession with Grand Prix men and machines has bemused his wife, daugh ter and players.

But he believes the surreal world of Formula One provides a healthy escape from the intensity of the Premiership contest.

O'Leary has even told Sky he doesn't want them switching Leeds' away match against Newcastle United on April 22 to the following day.

He has other plans for that Easter Sunday - he and his teenage son John are off to the British Grand Prix.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Derby, Michael
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2000
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