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Kane is aiming to be a Bentley history boy

By Sammy Hamill

Steven Kane is hoping to make history this weekend by sharing in a Bentley victory at Silverstone.

Once an iconic name in motor racing, the Bentley brand returns to a British race circuit for the first time in 84 years on Sunday in the second round of the Blancpain European Endurance series and Ballynahinch-born Kane is part of two three-man teams taking part.

A highly experienced long-distance racer, Kane is teamed with two other British drivers, Andy Meyrick and Guy Smith, in the first of two Continental GT3s built for the Bentley company by M-Sport in Cumbria.

The new Bentley Boys made their debut in Abu Dhabi last year, finishing fourth in a 12-hour race, a preliminary outing ahead of the start of the European Endurance series at Imola in April.

Kane qualified on the second row of the grid but crashed on his final lap, the team working throughout the night to re-build the car in time for the race.

In the end they finished eighth, one place behind the second Bentley of Antoine Leclerc, Jerome D'Ambrosio and Duncan Tappy, but Kane is confident they demonstrated the potential to be on the podium at Silverstone.

"We are really pumped up to deliver a great result on home soil," says Kane.

"Ever since I was chosen by Bentley to be part of the team I have immersed myself in the Bentley way. The brand has such a distinctive place in motorsport history, dating back to the 'Bentley Boys' in the 1920s, and we all fully intend to carry on that winning tradition."

Returning to the track, too, this weekend is Adam Carroll who will be on board a Gulf McLaren GT3 for the second round of the European Le Mans Series at Imola where the Portadown driver won his first GP2 race in 2005.

The Rainbow Communications Historic Rally takes place tomorrow in the glorious surroundings of Loughgall Country Park.

The entry list is headed by last year's winner Keith White and includes Wesley Patterson, Mervyn Wedlock and David Armstrong.

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