Belfast Telegraph

Richard Lyons' fast start counts for little as gearbox woes let Venter clinch win

By Sammy Hamill

A podium and ninth place were hardly fair reward for a dominant performance by Richard Lyons in the opening two rounds of the GT Asia championship in Korea.

Lyons, teamed with Hong Hong driver Frank Yu in the Craft Bamboo team's Aston Martin Vantage, was fastest in all pre-race practice sessions and qualified on pole position at the Korean Grand Prix circuit in Yeongam.

He drove the first stint in race one and handed over to Yu with the Aston Martin in second place before they eventually finished third behind the winning Ferrari of Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo.

In race two, Yu ran as high as fourth but dropped to sixth because of a pit stop penalty. Lyons managed to take over and quickly climbed to third with a series of record laps only for a late gearbox problem to see him fall back to ninth as team-mates Darryl O'Young and Jonathan Venter took the victory.

There was even greater disappointment for Steven Kane in the Nurburgring 24 hour race in Germany.

The Bentley Continental he shares with Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick suffered serious suspension damage when it was hit from behind and shunted into the barriers during Smith's opening stint.

It was eventually returned to the pits for extensive repairs and later re-joined the race as a testing exercise.

Meanwhile, Josh and Sam Moffett stepped up their preparations for the next round of the European rally championship in the Azores with encouraging performances in their matching RRC Ford Fiestas on the Plains Rally in Wales.

Younger brother Josh, who scored his first ERC podium on the Circuit of Ireland at Easter, finished second behind the WRC Subaru of David Weston with Sam managing to finish in sixth.

And in Belgium, Stephen Wright finished third in the Sezoens Rally in his R5 Ford Fiesta as he prepares for the ERC Ypres Rally next month.

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