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Hotshot Andrew Watson storms to victory at International GT Open in Barcelona

By Staff Reporter

Andrew Watson added an International GT Open victory to his burgeoning CV in Barcelona at the weekend.

A member of McLaren's Young Driver squad, Watson was drafted into the Teo Martin team to support Miguel Ramos and Alvaro Parente in their bid to win the GT championship in the final two rounds at the Spanish circuit.

But the 20-year-old Donaghmore driver did better than that, he won the first of the two races, taking over from team-mate Fernando Monji in third place and making up a 18 second deficit to claim his first victory in the European series.

Third place for the Ramos/Parente duo was good enough to ensure they took the GT title.

Meanwhile, Wayne Boyd's bid for back-to-back wins in the big end-of-season Formula Ford races ended in retirement from the Walter Hayes Trophy final at Silverstone. Boyd was in fourth place when he was caught in a crash and couldn't get it repaired in time.

In Switzerland, Craig Breen was left devastated after being stripped of his Rally du Valais victory. The Irish driver led from start to finish but hours later he was handed a two minute penalty, dropping him to second place, after it emerged his French Sainteloc team had fitted the car with 20 tyres rather than the permitted 18.

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