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Lyons anger as ruling proves hugely costly

By Sammy Hamill

A driving infringement by his young Thai team-mate Pasin Lathouras cost Richard Lyons third place in the British GT championship after the third race of the series at Rockingham.

Lyons finished third in the AF Corse Ferrari in the two hour race but was later relegated to seventh when it was ruled that Lathouras had breached safety regulations when he collided with a Porsche during his stint at the wheel.

Lyons, who is splitting his time between the UK and Japan, where he drives for the Hitotsuyama Audi team, was unhappy with the decision, adding that he felt some other judgements by the stewards were questionable too and possibly cost them second place.

The race was won by the Ferrari of Gary Eastwood and Rob Barff ahead of the Ecurie Ecosse BMW of Marco Attard and Alex Sims who now lead the series.

But another Northern Ireland driver, Andrew Watson, leads the Ginetta SuperCup championship after his second win of the season at Thruxton.

Meanwhile, Eugene Donnelly won the May Day Rally at St Angelo airport for the second year in a row.

Driving the McKinstry Motorsport Subaru S14, Donnelly finished 14 seconds ahead of the Mitsubishi of Gareth Sayers with James Gillen taking third in his Subaru.

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