Some great documentaries have come out of Ireland in recent years – and one of the oddest tells the tale of an Irishman who was briefly the world's greatest racing car driver.

Crash and Burn tells the tale of Tommy Byrne, a Drogheda native who, in the early 1980s, experienced a meteoric rise and spectacular fall. In a little over four years he went from stock car racing to Formula One.

Eddie Jordan the former F1 team-owner, who worked with both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, recalls: "Forget Schuey and Senna. Tommy Byrne was the best of them all."

Featuring tomorrow (July 10) at the Galway Film Fleadh, Byrne's story is remarkable, not least the long hard battle he faced to come to terms with being so close to greatness before losing it all.

Here's a flavour of Crash and Burn: