Kane hopes to hop clear of the kangaroos in Bathurst race bid
Steven Kane had his first encounter with a kangaroo yesterday but fortunately he was walking and not driving his 180mph Bentley Continental GT3 around the Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales at the time.
Ballynahinch-born Kane has tackled Australia's greatest race, the Bathurst 12 Hours, twice before, finishing fourth and third in the past two years, but he still walked the five-mile track which climbs to nearly 3000 feet up and over the mountain with team-mates Guy Smith and ex-Audi LMP1 driver Olly Jarvis to refresh his memory.
"The track seems more impressive every time you come here - and we met our first kangaroo of the weekend," said Kane. "Kangaroos can be a problem but there are rangers positioned around the circuit to scare them away so hopefully we won't see any of them during the race."
Mount Panorama is one of Kane's favourite circuits but he admits it is one of the most challenging they face all season.
"You have to be incredibly precise over the top of the mountain, but the Bentley is so poised that we should be able to attack and I think we stand a good chance of another podium - maybe the top step!"