Jonny Kane

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Jonny Kane
Embassy Racing Le Mans 2008.jpg
Embassy Racing garage at Le Mans 2008 with Warren Hughes in the car and Jonny Kane looking on.
Nationality United Kingdom British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2001 - 2002, 2006 - 2013
Teams MG Sport & Racing Ltd., Spyker Squadron, Embassy Racing, Speedy Racing Team Sebah, Strakka Racing
Best finish 5th (2010)
Class wins 1 (2010)
Kane driving the Lola B08/80 during the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jonny Kane (born May 14, 1973) is a racing driver who has competed at various levels of motorsport. He currently drives for Strakka Racing in the Le Mans Series.

Kane, who was born in Comber, Northern Ireland, began his career in karting and Formula Ford. In 1994 and 1995 he raced in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Opel where he was the 1994 British winter champion and the 1995 overall British champion. He then spent two years in British Formula Three driving for Paul Stewart Racing where he captured 6 wins and won the 1997 championship. He made four starts in Formula 3000 in 1998 with marginal results, then came to the United States and raced in Indy Lights in 1999 and 2000, winning two races and finishing 4th in series points in 1999 for Team KOOL Green. He was a test driver for the Arrows Formula One team in 2001, then moved to sports cars, driving in the Le Mans Series and American Le Mans Series with among other Aston Martin.[1] In 2005 he made his FIA GT debut and has driven for TVR and Spyker.[2]

Since 2006 Kane has competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a best finish of 5th overall at the 2010 event which was also a LMP2 class victory in the HPD ARX-01C for Strakka Racing. Since 2008 Kane has completed in the LMP2 class of Le Mans Series for a number of teams including Embassy Racing and Strakka. At the 2010 1000 km of Hungaroring Kane, made history by winning the race outright in a LMP2 car co-driven by Danny Watts and Nick Leventis. This was the first time that a LMP2 car has taken first, both in qualifying (pole position) and the race.[3]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001 United Kingdom MG Sport & Racing Ltd. United Kingdom Anthony Reid
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX257 LMP675 30 DNF DNF
2002 United Kingdom MG Sport & Racing Ltd. United Kingdom Anthony Reid
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX257 LMP675 129 DNF DNF
2006 Netherlands Spyker Squadron b.v. Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R GT2 202 DNF DNF
2007 Netherlands Spyker Squadron b.v. Czech Republic Jaroslav Janiš
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R GT2 70 DNF DNF
2008 United Kingdom Embassy Racing United Kingdom Warren Hughes
United Kingdom Joey Foster
Embassy WF01-Zytek LMP2 213 DNF DNF
2009 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
France Xavier Pompidou
Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 343 12th 2nd
2010 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 367 5th 1st
2011 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01d LMP2 144 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 303 30th 8th
2013 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03c LMP1 332 6th 6th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kane Completes Aston Line-Up Autosport Website 2006-09-20 Retrieved 2010-02-16
  2. ^ Dumbreck set to join Spyker team Autosport Website 2006-05-04 Retrieved 2010-02-16
  3. ^ "LMS Hungaroring" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ralph Firman
British Formula Three Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Mario Haberfeld
Awards
Preceded by
Jamie Davies
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
1995
Succeeded by
Darren Turner