Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Kane more than able in dramatic race finish

Steven Kane has snatched fourth place in the final seconds of the three-hour Blancpain European GT Endurance race at Silverstone.

Driving for the JRM Nissan team, Kane took over from team-mates Peter Dumbreck and Lucas Luhr in sixth place for the final hour, the Ballynahinch driver closing in on the BMW of Markus Paltalla and Daniele Zampieri's Ferrari in fourth and fifth places ahead of him.

And when the duelling pair briefly collided at Brooklands corner on the last lap, Kane seized his opportunity, overtaking both of them to squeeze home by a tenth of a second.

"It was so close at the end and I could see the two in front were really going for it," said a relieved Kane.

"Then they touched going into Brooklands and I saw the chance to get past both of them.

"It was great to be in a position to do that – it was a massive step forward for the team from Monza and much more where we should be."

Adam Carroll, who had produced a similar dramatic finish to grab third place for the Gulf McLaren team in the first round at Monza, finished in 11th place, on a day when all the McLarens were off the pace at what is effectively their home circuit.

Victory went to the Aston Martin of Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Frederic Makowiecki, with Turner becoming the first British driver to win a round of the series.

Meanwhile, Daniel McKenna produced an outstanding performance on the Jim Clark Memorial Rally, finishing seventh overall and first in the R2 category in his 1600cc Ford Fiesta.

He was awarded the Pirelli Star Driver nomination and will take part in the end of season shoot-out for the top prize in British rallying.

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