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Richard Lyons looks to continue his success on Japan return

By Sammy Hamill

Such has been the globe-trotting career of Richard Lyons that he regards Fuji in Japan as his home circuit. Lyons spent more than a decade living in Japan but now commutes to the Far East from his Hillsborough base.

He will be back at the track which is overlooked by Mount Fuji this weekend for rounds five and six of the GT Asia series, teaming up with Hong Kong driver Frank Yu in their Craft Bamboo Aston Martin.

The former Formula Nippon champion is excited about going 'home' and is optimistic he and Yu can be on top of the podium this weekend.

"I consider Fuji my home circuit as I have raced there more times - and with the most success," said Lyons.

"I took my first win here with Nismo in 2003 (GT 500, Skyline GTR), my first pole in Super Formula (Formula Nippon) and my last win in GT 500 with Lexus in 2010 as well as scoring numerous other podiums.

"We are currently fourth in the championship with plenty in the pocket and at this time of year it is the rainy season so I expect mixed and unpredictable weather conditions meaning experience could be important, and I have plenty of that."

Meanwhile, Jonny McMullan carries a 37-point lead into rounds nine and 10 of the British National Formula Ford championship at Castle Combe.

The Newtownabbey driver dominated the previous two rounds at Brands Hatch in his Van Diemen, picking up a double victory from two pole position starts before topping his weekend off with the fastest lap in the final race.

"The car was perfect all day and we came away with a great lead in the championship," said McMullan, who has done only one day's testing at Castle Combe.

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