Belfast Telegraph

McMullan in top spot after pair of victories

By Sammy Hamill

Jonny McMullan shot to the top of the UK National Formula Ford Championship with back-to-back victories at Brands Hatch in what was a tremendous weekend for the youngster.

The Motorsport Ireland Young driver of the Year from Newtownabbey called it "a perfect weekend" after a dominant performance in which he was fastest in practice, qualified on pole position with a lap record time and went on to win both races in his Van Diemen at the Kent circuit.

McMullan edged out Luke Williams in a close finish to win race one but broke clear of the field in race two to take the chequered flag, four seconds clear of Chris Middlehurst with fellow Irish driver Stephen Daly in third position.

Patrick Dussault, who led the series ahead of the Brands Hatch rounds, had a bad day being excluded and then being reinstated in eighth place in race one.

He also suffered a 10 second penalty in race two, dropping him to sixth.

Meanwhile Steven Kane had to settle for second place in the Blancpain European six-hour race at Paul Ricard in the south of France.

Ballynahinch-born Kane drove the final stint in the Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick and closed to within two seconds of the leading Nissan in the final 10 minutes of the race, but as he moved to challenge Alex Buncombe he spun the Bentley, the car grazing the barriers but emerging unscathed.

The chance of victory had gone but Kane hung on to take second ahead of the BMW Z4 of Maxime Martin.

In Thailand, Richard Lyons endured a tough day in third round of the Japanese Super GT300 series, he and his Hitotsuyama Audi team-mate Tomonobu Fujii finishing a distant 17th, four laps down.

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