Third place on his debut race in the American Le Mans Series bodes well for Steven Kane’s future as a long distance sports car driver.
The Ballynahinch racer, who first tasted success in Formula Ford at Kirkistown a decade ago has been a front runner in everything from Formule Renault to British Touring Cars since then but despite the patronage of no less a person than former World Champion Damon Hill, the Ulsterman has never really found his niche in motor sport. Until now.
On Saturday, on his first appearance in the American series he partnered Dubai resident Humaid Al Massaoud to third place overall at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, despite the pair being forced to start from the pit lane.
‘Gentleman Racer’ Al Massaoud drove the first stint, coping with some fairly chaotic traffic before handing over the Dyson teams Lola Mazda to Kane at the halfway point, by which time he had worked his way into a position just outside the top 10.
Steven immediately began to make inroads and, lapping faster than the leaders, forced the sleek coupe up to a podium position atv the finish, behind the identical Lola of team mates Guy Smith and Chris Dyson and the Lola Aston Martin of German pairing Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf.
Kane now looks to complete the series with the Dyson team and is hoping that this outing could be a springboard to a full Championship campaign with the Dyson team and an appearance at next years Le Mans 24 Hours.
Also in action at Lime Rock was Moville’s Damien Faulkner who fell to fourth place after a traffic incident.