Fassbender on pole for today’s 4-hour Spa race – plus a preview of all Kerry competitors in action across the world – from the USA to Belgium

Fassbender on pole for today’s 4-hour Spa race  

By Sean Moriarty

European Le Mans Series

Michael Fassbender’s team (and car) will start from pole position for today’s 4 Hours of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, the second round of the European Le Mans Series.

The Fossa man is contesting this year’s championship as part of his plan to fulfil a dream to race at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour Race in France next June.

He is sharing a Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 GT with Felipe Laser and former World Endurance Championship LMGTE Pro World Champion Richard Lietz, an unchanged driver line-up since their last outing in France on July 26.

Their number 93 Porsche 911 RSR will start from pole position for today’s LMGTE race which gets underway at 10.00hrs Irish time,

Lietz will drive the car from the start with Fassbender and Laser taking over at various intervals through the four-hour race.

The race will be broadcast live on https://www.europeanlemansseries.com.

Click in image to watch the race live

US Rallying

Kenneth Quirk is eight overall after day one of the Raven Rock Rallysprint in Kentucky. The West Kerry man is co-driving for New York-based Monaghan man Liam McNeilus in a Ford Fiesta. It is just Quirke’s second event stateside.

Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Lorcan Hanifan will start from the second row of the grid in the first of his two Porsche Carrera Cup GB races later today. Hanifan qualified fourth in a tight session at Brands Hatch on Saturday – just over half a second separated the top eight qualifiers.

His first race is scheduled for 11.30hrs today. The grid for race two (set for 15.55hrs) is based on results for race one. Both races will be broadcast live on IVT4 as part of the overall British Touring Car Championship TV package.

Motorcycle Racing

Kevin Coyne has realised his ambition of qualifying for a British Superbike support race.

He will start from row nine of the grid in his first HEL Performance Supersport race – a feeder series of the British Superbike Championship. The race gets underway at 10.20hrs at Donington Park.

Coyne reported some minor suspension issues ahead of his qualifying session on Saturday. His second race will get underway at 17.20hrs.


Ryan Stryker’s hopes of contesting Sunday’s Rallycross meeting in Mondello Park were scuppered when the Government announced localised lockdowns in three counties, including County Kildare, where the circuit is based.

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