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Donald on his bike for TT Legends challenge

By Jim Gracey

Northern Ireland-based Aussie Cameron Donald can't wait for his first taste of 24-hour bike racing, Le Mans style, this weekend.

Donald enjoys a big fan base here through his successful connection to the Derry-based Wilson Craig Racing team.

This weekend, however, he will race under the banner of the renowned Honda TT Legends team as he tackles Le Mans in partnership with two other top road racing names, Lancashire's John McGuinness and Scot Keith Amor.

The trio will aim to use their vast experience of stamina-testing road racing here as they tackle the classic endurance event on the Honda Fireblades.

McGuinness and Amor, standing in for the injured Steve Plater, have already completed one 24-hour race this year, the Bol d’Or in France in April, finishing a respectable fifth.

The aim is to improve on that with a top four finish at Le Mans with new boy Donald saying: “I’m really excited about doing my first 24-hour race. We had a positive test a couple of weeks ago, which was my first experience of the Le Mans circuit and it really is a fantastic track.

“There aren’t a lot of places to rest so it’s going to be tough but there are plenty of passing spots and it’s great to ride.

“I went to the Bol d’Or as reserve rider for the TT Legends so I didn’t race but the atmosphere there was amazing. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and racing at Le Mans.”

Keith Amor, who rode for the Honda TT Legends at last month’s Ulster Grand Prix, taking second and third in the two Superbike races, added: “I am looking forward to taking part in such a famous event — it will definitely be a tick off the list of things I have always wanted to do.

“The Bol d’Or was tougher than I ever could have imagined and I plan to approach Le Mans in a very different way to make sure I conserve my energy.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint! We’ve been working with our team physio to prepare ahead of the race and hopefully this will stand us in good stead. I can’t wait to be back with the endurance team.”

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