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Adam Carroll makes it a trio of Ulster GT drivers

By Sammy Hamill

Ulster drivers are already figuring strongly in the British GT championship and this weekend Richard Lyons and Steven Kane will be joined by Adam Carroll for round four at Snetterton.

The former A1GP champion from Portadown is partnering England's Gary Eastwood in the FF Corse team's race-winning Ferrari for the two one-hour races at the East Anglian circuit where he will be up against Lyons and Kane.

Lyons, fresh from a victory in the Asian GT series in Japan, drives a similar 458 GT3 Ferrari for the AF Corse team and Kane, winner of the Blancpain European endurance round at Silverstone last month, will again be in an M-Sport Bentley Continental.

Carroll, who is also driving for the Gulf Porsche team in the European Le Mans series, replaces Rob Barff in the FF Corse Ferrari which won round two at Rockingham.

Meanwhile, there is action today at Kirkistown, the circuit where all three drivers began their careers, with double headers for Formula Ford 1600, Saloon/GTs, Ginetta Juniors, Irish Formula Vee and Irish Formula Sheane.

The Formula Fords come north following their Festival at Mondello where the leading championship contenders were upstaged by rally star Robert Barrable. He won't be racing today but the line-up includes Niall Murray and Noel Dunne who have three race victories each at Kirkistown this season. The leading local points scorer is Adrian Pollock.

Connaire Finn has been the driver to beat in GTs this year while Stephen Traub with his Honda and record breaker Mike Johnston in a BMW M3 have been the saloon pace-setters.

Other drivers to watch include Donal O'Neill in his Seat Cupra and Tony Traub (Honda).

Ginetta Juniors, a class for aspiring young racers, are back for a second appearance at the Co Down circuit where Jack Finlay and Wilson Thompson have produced race wins.

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