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Unlucky Lyons has to settle for third places

By Sammy Hamill

Richard Lyons took two podium places in rounds seven and eight of the GT Asia race series at Mount Fuji in Japan.

The former Formula Nippon champion from Hillsborough earned the first pole position of the season for the Hong Kong-owned Craft Bamboo team, but he and partner Frank Yu were unable to convert it into victory.

Lyons led for the first half of race one before handing their GT3 Porsche over to Yu with a six second advantage. However, Yu was caught out on oil spread from the engine failure of a Ferrari, the Porsche spinning and falling back to third place.

In race two, they started from seventh place with Lyons coming through to take their second third place of the weekend.

There was disappointment again for Wayne Boyd in round three of the European Le Mans sportscar series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria despite qualifying the United Autosport Ligier-Nissan on the front row of the LMP3 grid for the second race in a succession.

Team-mate Mark Patterson led during the opening stint of the four-hour race but then suffered a puncture and the rear bodywork was damaged as he drove back to the pits. Four laps were lost while repairs were carried out, leaving Boyd and Matt Bell well out of contention. They eventually finished 14th.

The other United Autosport Ligier of Christian England, Alex Brundle and Mike Gausch finished second to retain their championship lead.

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