Saturday 16 December 2017

Motorsport: Kechele and Zonta trump rivals to get Lamborghini up and running

the Reiter Lamborghini of Ricardo Zonta and Frank Kechele won a thrilling race in the FIA GT1 World Championship at Spa.

Starting from second on the grid, the Brazilian/German pair ran at the front throughout the hour-long main event to claim Lamborghini's first win of the season.

Altfrid Heger and Alex Muller produced a stunning drive from 12th place in the Triple H Maserati to finish second.

Reiter chief Hans Reiter said: "It was a great victory and it has been a long time coming. We've never had the budget to do a full season before and it feels really good."

Zonta said: "It's great to be back in this championship, especially winning. It's a great feeling. I was talking to Hans (Reiter) and he said that this victory is so important for the team.

"I feel very connected with the team now. I think after this win now that it will get better.

"At the end of my stint, I had a little problem with the balance, so we decided to stop early. Frank drove brilliantly and we won."

Curran scores clean sweep at Whiteriver

Michael Curran dominated yesterday's inaugural Kart Race meeting at the new Whiteriver Park circuit, near Collon, Louth, winning all four of his heats to clinch the 125 Gearbox class, also setting the first lap record for the track.

His nearest rival was James O'Keeffe, with second place each time.

In the Rotax Max class, Richie Faulkner won three of the four heats to beat Shane Crosbie into second place, with Conor Shaw taking the well supported Cadet class and Ross Graham the best of the Mini Max drivers.

Waterford's Craig Breen, the current Young Rally Driver of the Year, brought his Kick Energy Fiesta to 19th place overall in Neste Rally Finland, a round of the World Rally Championship.

Dubliner Patrick McKenna, the Young Racing Driver title holder, scored second and third places at Joliet, Illinois, to keep him in runner-up position in the US F2000 National Championship, also scoring fastest lap in the second race.

Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow took his first-ever World Superbike wins at Silverstone.

Crutchlow delivered in front of a home crowd with a fantastic double win aboard his Sterilgarda Yamaha. He was joined on the podium by fellow Britons Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam.

Crutchlow again beat Rea to victory with Leon Camier third in an all-British top five -- although Italian Max Biaggi remains in control of the overall standings.

Irish Independent

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