Belfast Telegraph

Laverty at the double in Le Mans


By Roy Harris

The Le Mans 24-hour race finished yesterday with the German Wepol Racing by BMW team of Michael Laverty, Christian Iddon and Danny Webb taking a terrific third position in one of most gruelling motorcycle races in the world - a first for team and riders.

Even more remarkably, Laverty and Iddon were forced to ride double stints after Webb suffered a dislocated shoulder in a crash.

Taking time off from their Tyco BMW BSB duties, this is a real boost for Laverty and Iddon, with the Toomebridge man taking the controls for the final stint and bringing the machine home behind winners FCC TSR Honda and Endurance Racing.

Incidentally, this was the first time a Japanese Team had ever won this prestigious race and an event first time win for Bridgestone Tyres.

The winners completed 843 laps, one clear of the runners up and three clear of Laverty's team.

Michael Dunlop's R2CL Suzuki team finished in 12th position, 28 laps behind the winners.

Off road at the weekend saw the opening round of the British Quadcross and Sidecarcross championships at Desertmartin where the best of the local three-wheel runners was Gary Moulds and passenger Nikki Adair who emerged fifth overall after three races having taken third, fourth and seventh in the three races.

Neil Campbell and Craig Parmenter were seventh overall following two fifths and a sixth in the three races dominated by English pairings Stuart Brown/Joe Millard and Brett Wilkinson/Dan Chamberlin.

In the Quads, Navan rider Leon Rogers beat off the challenge of defending champion Paul Holmes to take the overall win with two wins and a second to Holmes win, a second and fourth. 2016 champion Mark McLernon was third overall with second, third and fourth place finishes.

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