Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Morrow now man in driving seat

Phillip Morrow has taken the outright lead in the Irish forest championship following his second place finish on the Loughran Memorial Rally.

The former UK Mitsubishi team driver from Lisburn won the opening round of the series and finished second to Mick O'Brien on round two.

Tied for the lead going into the final stage of the Carrick-on-suir based Loughran event at the weekend, Morrow was edged out by former champion Owen Murphy in a Mitsubishi one-two.

But with O'Brien, better known as British champion Keith Cronin's main sponsor, finishing back in fourth in his WRC Ford Focus, Morrow moves to first place on his own.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Jonny Kane and the Strakka team in the first round of the World Endurance championship at Silverstone.

They had to start from the back of the grid after Danny Watts spun off the track on his first flying lap of a wet qualifying session.

But Kane made rapid progress, climbing from 32nd place to sixth in the first half-dozen laps. However, shortly after handing over to Nick Leventis their Honda HPD was involved in a collision with a Ferrari and was forced to retire with broken suspension.

The race was won by the Audi of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.

Portadown man Adam Carroll took third place on his debut with the McLaren sportscar team in the opening round of the Blancpain GT endurance championship at Monza.

Teamed with Rob Bell and Nico Verdonck, Carroll drove the final stint and snatched third place on the finish line by just two-hundredths of a second.