Kane looking for change of fortune as Bentley faces Silverstone battle
Steven Kane switches from sprint to long-distance mode this weekend for round two of the Blancpain European GT endurance series at Silverstone.
The Ballynahinch-born driver is combining both the sprint and endurance competitions this season for the factory Bentley team and goes from the shorter form of racing at Brands Hatch last weekend to a three-hour battle on the British Grand Prix circuit on Sunday.
Despite being teamed with former Le Mans winner Guy Smith and Blancpain sprint champion Vincent Abril, Kane and co have had a disappointing start to the season and will be looking to Silverstone for a change of fortunes.
"It hasn't been the best of starts to either championship but we have been unlucky with damage to the car and various other problems including a drive-through penalty which cost us dear at Monza," said Kane, rated the No 2 GT driver in the world last year.
"But Silverstone is always special for us. It is our home race so expectations are high, especially since our first win two years ago.
Joining Kane on the grid will be fellow Ulsterman Andrew Watson, a member of McLaren's young driver squad.
The 21-year-old from Donaghmore shares a McLaren 650S GT3 with Struan Moore and Swiss driver Alex Fontana but, like Kane, he had a troubled first round at Monza, losing seven laps in the pits for repairs.
But the McLaren has the pace to win as Garage 59 team-mates took the victory at the Italian circuit.