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Kane gearing up for 24-hour test

By Sammy Hamill

Back-to-back victories for Steven Kane and his Bentley team-mates Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick have taken them to the top of the Blancpain European Endurance Championship standings.

But this weekend they face their biggest test of the series – 24 hours of racing on the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

"Spa will be a race like no other this season," says Ballynahinch-born Kane who had the responsibility of steering the Bentley Continental GT home to victories at Silverstone and Paul Ricard in France.

"It is the only 24-hour marathon on the calendar, which is a challenge in itself. But there are also huge points at stake which will be crucial in the championship."

Meanwhile, Kirkistown, where Kane began his racing career, tomorrow hosts a 10-race programme featuring a mix of single-seaters, saloons, GTs, roadsports and Strykers.

The battle for honours in the Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 championship, which Niall Murray leads comfortably, continues with a double-header.

The low-budget Ford Fiestas have been providing close racing but the man to beat this season is Andrew Blair who will be chasing his fifth win.

Practice and qualifying take place in the morning with racing scheduled to start at 1pm.

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