Steven Kane helps Dyson Racing at US 'Petit Le Mans'
Last Saturday Newtownards born Steven Kane renewed his partnership with Dyson Racing for the
15th running of Petit Le Mans held at Road Atlanta USA. Kane helped Chris Dyson and Guy Smith take their no16 Mazda powered Lola to first place in ALMS P1 at the 1,000 mile/ten-hour endurance classic which was the last round of the ten-race American Le Mans Series.
Kane last raced with the pair at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, where they also won first place ALMS P1 points which has helped to cement “Kaney” as a fans favourite. The weekend started with Smith qualifying their Lola into third place, one second off pole, Smith commented “We knew that we would not have the ultimate pace in qualifying but we have done enough ten-hour races to know that anything can happen. All three of us, Chris Dyson, Steven Kane and myself, have been comfortably fast in the car and are confident of a good race tomorrow.”
During the race Kane’s car managed to avoid the myriad of accidents that happened over the length of the enduro and sidestep the electrical gremlins that effected the Dyson sister car . This race was also Kane’s first experience of Dyson’s newly-developed Flybrid KERS Hybrid system with its little bursts of power helping all three drivers work their way through the slower cars.
Kane commented “My main focus this weekend was doing the best job I could for Chris and Guy and help them in their fight for the championship. So my main battle was getting through traffic cleanly and the KERS helped make that a more confident exercise."
Dyson took the 2012 ALMS P1 championships down to the last race of the year with a mathematical chance to repeat their 2011 titles, but Pickett Racing clinched the championship by virtue of completing seventy percent of the race distance. Kane’s team mates Chris Dyson and Guy Smith finished second in the Drivers Championship. Kane still managed a fifth place given his limited number of races this season.