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Kane is aiming to bounce back after frustrating Euro GT debut

 

By Sammy Hamill

Jonny Kane has covered tens of thousands of miles in single-seater and prototype cars, but his first experience of European GT racing was short-lived.

It lasted less than a lap when he made his debut with the Strakka McLaren team in the opening round of the Blancpain European Sprint series at Misano, the car too badly damaged in the qualifying race to even start the main event.

Comber-born Kane, an LMP2 winner at Le Mans, was unhurt in the accident and is back in Italy again this weekend for the start of the endurance championship at Monza, no doubt hoping he will get a great deal more mileage in the three-hour race.

Kane is teamed with former British Touring Car race winner Sam Tordoff and Italian David Fumanelli in a Strakka team which also includes fellow Ulsterman Andrew Watson, one of McLaren's Young Driver Academy members.

He and Blancpain endurance champion Rob Bell finished eighth at Misano but split up for Sunday's race, Watson taking the lead role in a McLaren 650S crewed by Jazeman Jaafar and Dean Stoneman.

The opposition at Monza includes another Ulsterman, Steven Kane, who finished second at Misano in partnership with Vincent Abril. He is reunited in the Bentley team this weekend with Guy Smith and Oliver Jarvis, the combination which finished on the podium at Bathurst in Australia earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, Formula Ford drivers in tomorrow's 500 Club race meeting at Kirkistown have been given an extra incentive, another chance to qualify for the Mazda Road to Indy series in America. Driver of the Day in the Dawson/WAM FF1600 rounds will go forward to an end-of-season shoot-out at Silverstone.

Kevin O'Hara dominated the first two rounds of the NI series last month, and will be in action again tomorrow, along with reigning Kirkistown champion Alan Davidson.

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