Belfast Telegraph

Ulster's finest are primed for fierce Euro GT series

By Sammy Hamill

There will be a distinctively Ulster feel when the Blancpain European GT championship kicks off at Misano this weekend as, for the first time, three of the province's finest will go up against one another around the Italian circuit.

The vastly experienced duo of Jonny Kane and Steven Kane - they are not related - and rising star Andrew Watson will be in action in one of Europe's most competitive championships.

Jonny Kane, whose career has spanned everything from F3 to Indy Lights in America and an LMP2 victory at Le Mans, makes the switch to GTs in a new tie-up between his regular Strakka team and McLaren. He will share a McLaren 650S with Frenchman Loris Hezemans for the first of the year's sprint races.

Joining him in the new team is Watson, who has been part of the McLaren Young Driver Academy for the past three years and is already a European GT winner. The recent graduate from Trinity College has been chosen to partner reigning Blancpain endurance champion Rob Bell in a Strakka/McLaren squad of eight.

Steven Kane continues to lead the two-car Bentley team in both the endurance and sprint championships, being joined in the latter competition this weekend by another Frenchman, Vincent Abril, the 2015 sprint champion.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday with the 60-minute race on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, fellow Ulsterman Adam Carroll is in Mexico City with Jaguar for round three of the all-electric FIA Formula E championship. He is hoping to score their first points of the season after disappointing races in Marrakesh and Buenos Aires.

New to the championship, the Jaguars of Carroll and Mitch Evans have been struggling to match the front-running cars.

Usually staged on street circuits, Mexico is the only round held on a permanent track, the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, once the home of the Mexican Grand Prix.

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