Belfast Telegraph

Jonny Kane lined up for shot at success in Silverstone bid


By Sammy Hamill

It has hardly been the beginning Jonny Kane's Strakka team envisaged when the decision was taken to quit the world of prototype racing and join forces with McLaren in the Blancpain European GT3 Championship.

Of the three races so far Kane has driven in only one, fellow Ulster team-mate Andrew Watson in two, and results have been nothing to write home about.

On top of that Strakka boss Nick Leventis is sidelined after suffering knee injuries when he crashed during practice for the first race at Misano.

The Strakka team will hope to turn it around in this weekend's three-hour endurance race at a circuit they know well, Silverstone.

Comber-born Kane is teamed with British Touring Car race winner Sam Tordoff and Italian David Furmanelli while Watson, from Donaghmore, shares his McLaren 650S with Dean Stoneman and Jazeman Jaafar.

The season has not gone as expected either for another Ulster driver, Steven Kane, who leads the M-Sport Bentley team.

Rated among the favourites, Kane and team-mate Vincent Abril started strongly at Misano, finishing in second place. They were at the front of the grid, too, for the next race at Monza only for the Bentley Continental, being driven in the opening stint by Guy Smith, to be black flagged for failing to obey a stop-go penalty instruction.

Then last weekend at Brands Hatch, a puncture during the qualifying race left Kane and Abril starting from 20th and on the tight Kent circuit 13th at the finish was the best they could do.

Re-united with Smith and Ollie Jarvis for Sunday's longer race, Kane finds himself some distance adrift of the series leaders Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart who have two wins under their belts.

Meanwhile, Josh Moffett (Ford Fiesta) and Marty McCormack (Skoda Fabia) in their R5 cars head the entry list for tomorrow's Donegal Forest Rally which is based in Donegal town.

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