Flying the Kerry flag in five different countries this weekend

It is going to be another busy weekend as Kerry racers fly the green and gold flag in at least five different countries this weekend.

European Le Mans Series 

Michael Fassbender’s European Le Mans series has been hit by pandemic related restrictions. His third race in Europe’s premiere endurance championship was due to take place in Barcelona this weekend but problems there have forced a re-think. 

Instead, the series will, on Sunday, return to the Paul Ricard Circuit in France, the venue for his first race with the Proton Competition team last month. 

With his teammates Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernandez Laser, he finished in seventh place on that occasion. 

“It took me five laps to find my rhythm [at Paul Ricard],” he said. “After that, my times got significantly better.” 

His main goal is the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year and this season’s progress will form part of his ‘Road to Le Mans’ YouTube documentary. The Fossa man is currently fourth in the GT championship standings. 

Michael Fassbender is in France

American Rallying 

Kenneth Quirke will continue his American rally adventure this weekend by contesting the Ojibew Forests Rally in Minnesota. 

The New York-based West Kerry man will co-drive for Cavan’s Gary Smith in a Ford Fiesta R2. Quirke’s hopes of contesting Rally Colorado were dashed two weeks ago when his driver for that event pulled his entry at the last minute. 

He will be hoping for better luck this weekend as Smith took fourth overall in Colorado. They are seeded 19th for the Rally America national series event. 

Kenneth Quirke is in Minnesota, USA

Porsche Carrera Cup 

Lorcan Hanafin will head to Knockhill, Scotland this weekend for rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series in fourth place in the championship after another solid performance at Oulton Park. 

He is also second in the rookie championship after taking his second podium of the season by finishing third in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup GB race at the Cheshire track on Saturday. 

With reverse grids at play for Sunday’s second race, the Leeds-based driver managed to finish sixth in a tight contest. 

This is his first season in the Porsche series and he had already taken a podium in round three at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

Lorcan Hanafin is in Scotland

World Rallycross 

Johan Kristoffersson and Richard Browne head to Finland this weekend for rounds three and four of the World Rallycross championship as series leaders. 

The FIA World Rallycross Championship got underway this weekend at the Holjes circuit in Sweden.  

The two-day event marked the return of Firies motorsport engineer Browne who is in charge of Johan Kristoffersson’s attempt to win a third world title. 

Browne is an engineer with Volkswagen Motorsport in Hanover in Germany and was in Sweden to oversee Kristoffersson who is chasing a record third world title in the discipline. 

The Volkswagen Polo driver capitalised on wet conditions to take a dominant victory on Saturday but had to settle for third on Sunday. 

“I have very good people around me and the launch in the final speaks for itself. It’s never easy, and there is always someone there trying to take you down. It’s quite a wide field now with lots of different fast drivers. It’s going to be tricky this year and we have to work hard,” said Kristoffersson.

Richard Browne, Firies, and Johan Kristoffersson are in Finland

Autocross

Mikey O’Connor Jr, his father Mikey Sr and cousin Kevin represent Kerry and Limerick Motor Club’s at the Mayo Autocross (non-spectator) event near Knock. All three will share the family Mitsubishi Lancer E4 on the event.  

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