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Richard Lyons wins but misses out on another Super GT300 title in Japan

By Sammy Hamill

Published 14/11/2016

Big in Japan: Richard Lyons
Big in Japan: Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons came up just short in his bid to add the Super GT300 title to the other major championships he has won in Japan.

A former Formula Nippon and Super GT500 champion, Lyons, who commutes from his home to Lisburn to race in the Far East, set up a final round showdown at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit yesterday after he and his Japanese team-mate Tomonobu Fujii won the penultimate race on Saturday.

It brought them to within nine points of top place but, needing another win in their Audi Hitotsuyama Audi R8, they had to settle for third place in the series after finishing fourth in the finale yesterday.

Daniel Harper ended a memorable first season in the UK Ginetta junior championship with two podium places in the four-race Winter series at Brands Hatch.

The 16-year-old Dromore High School student won the rookie title in the Ginetta championship proper during the summer and started the Winter series impressively by qualifying on pole position for race one.

Harper led the race twice but got squeezed on to the grass at mid-point, dropping to seventh before fighting back to finish fourth. He also had to show his fighting qualities in race two, climbing back from seventh again to grab third place.

In race three yesterday he went one place better, finishing second, but lost out in the final round yesterday, finishing fourth after a fierce battle for second with Dave Wooder who won the first two races.

Overall victory went to Seb Priaulx, son of former World Touring Car champion Andy, won the final two races. Wooder was second and Harper a creditable third.

Meanwhile, round two of the FIA Formula E championship in Marrakech proved disappointing for Adam Carroll and the Jaguar team. Carroll finished 14th and team-mate Mitch Evans 17th in the all-electric series as Sebastien Buemi took the victory.

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