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Andrew Watson's challenge falls short


Battling effort: Two wins wasn’t enough for Andrew Watson

Battling effort: Two wins wasn’t enough for Andrew Watson

Battling effort: Two wins wasn’t enough for Andrew Watson

It was always a long shot but Andrew Watson did everything he could to drag himself back to the top of the Ginetta Supercup championship in the final round of races at Brands Hatch.

But even back-to-back victories for the 19-year-old Donaghmore student wasn't enough to prevent Scottish rival Charlie Robertson winning the Ginetta title for a second time.

As Colin Turkington celebrated his second BTCC title at the Kent circuit, fellow Ulsterman Watson could also reflect on an outstanding season in which he won five times and scored 12 podium finishes.

He won two of the final three races but, with a healthy points lead, Robertson's two third places ensured he remained No.1.

Watson found himself being elbowed off the track and out of third place in race three. He dropped to 13th and recovered to finish seventh as Robertson sealed his eighth win of the season.

In China there were podium finishes, too, for Richard Lyons in the Asia GT championship.

Brought in to help Frank Yu's title challenge, Lyons and the Hong Kong man finished third in their Bamboo Racing Aston Martin in both races at the Shanghai Grand Prix circuit.

Meanwhile, Declan Boyle dominated his home Donegal Harvest Rally to wrap up his second successive Irish national rally championship. His victory, his fifth of this year's series, saw Boyle and his co-driver cousin Brian climb from third in the points table to overhaul Roy White by a point.

And in an outstanding season in which Boyle won the Galway International, Circuit of Ireland National and the Donegal International to become Irish Tarmac champion, he becomes only the second driver to hold both titles in the same year.

Belfast Telegraph