Steven Kane

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Steven Kane
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1980-06-05) 5 June 1980 (age 33)
NewtownardsBallynahinch (N. Ireland)
2014 American Le Mans Series, Rolex Sports Car Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Dyson Racing
Car no. 20
Starts 4
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 1st in 2011
Previous series
2008, 2010
2009
2007
2007
2006
2004
2003, 2005
2002
2001
2000
BTCC
Belgian Touring Cars – S1
Porsche Supercup
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Spanish Formula Three
British Formula Three
Formula Renault UK
British Junior Formula Ford
Irish Formula Ford
Championship titles
2001 British Junior Formula Ford
Awards
2001 McLaren Autosport Award

Steven Kane (born 5 June 1980) is a Northern Irish racing driver who currently competes in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series.

Career[edit]

Kane, who was born in Newtownards, County Down and grow up in Ballynahinch, was voted McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year in 2001 (earning a test with the McLaren Formula One team), after winning the Junior Formula Ford Zetec championship by taking 8 wins and 4 runners-up spots in 12 races. From 2003 to 2005 he competed in Formula Three; finishing as runner-up in the Scholarship class (for year-old cars) of the 2003 British Formula Three Championship, finishing 3rd overall in Spain in 2004, and in 2005 he was 9th in the main British F3 championship. That year he took 3 poles and a win, despite the deal only coming together a day before the season began. At the end of 2005 he became the first driver ever to race a Lola at the Macau Formula Three race.[1] He then raced in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, with a best result of 2nd.

For 2007 he moved into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, finishing 3rd overall and fighting for the title until the final round,[2] with a series-high seven wins, including pole position at Thruxton.[3]

In 2008 he competed in the BTCC, driving a BMW for the Motorbase Performance team.[4] He started the year strongly, finishing 8th on his debut[5] and later taking a 6th place at Rockingham Motor Speedway[6] after a tough weekend.[7] At Croft he ran 4th for a while, but dropped out with an electrical problem on the final lap.[8] His first podium finish came at the next meeting at Snetterton[1]. At the next meeting at Oulton Park, he qualified 15th before advancing to 9th in race 1, and from 9th on the grid to 4th in race 2, before being eliminated from race 3 after a first-lap hit from Tom Chilton.

He did not return to the BTCC for 2009. He is the series test driver for the new FIA Formula Two Championship, and co-commentator alongside Martin Haven on Eurosport2's coverage of the championship.

On 26 September 2009 he was a guest driver in the Kumho BMW Championship at Oulton Park. He qualified first in both qualifying sessions, and won both races. He was later punished with two points on his racing license after he was deemed by the stewards to have taken out another competitor on purpose.[9]

Kane returned to the BTCC with the Airwaves BMW team for the 2010 season, partnering Mat Jackson. Kane won his first BTCC race at Thruxton on 4 April 2010 when he completed a one-two for Airwaves BMW in race three.[10] He finished sixth overall at the end of the 2010 season with 169 points.

On 15 June 2011, it was announced that Kane would pilot a Lola-Mazda prototype for Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series, partnering with Humaid al-Masaood.[11] He and al-Masaood finished 3rd overall (and 3rd in the LMP1 class) in each of their first two ALMS events at Lime Rock Park and Mosport. Kane and al-Masaood claimed their first overall victory at the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix.

For 2012, Kane will race with Humaid al-Masaood in the Oryx Racing's Audi R8 GRAND-AM program in the Rolex Sports Car Series.[12] In addition to this, Kane will also compete at the 12 Hours of Sebring with the Dyson Racing team.[13]

Kane switched from racing in North America to Europe in 2013, joining JRM Racing to campaign a Nissan GT-R in the Blancpain Endurance Series alongside Peter Dumbreck and Lucas Luhr.[14] Kane and Dumbreck finished eighth in the series' Pro Cup standings.

Kane has joined M-Sport for 2014, driving a Bentley Continental GT3 alongside Humaid Al Masaood in the British GT Championship,[15] and with Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick in the Blancpain Endurance Series, after scoring a 4th place with the team at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Gulf 12 Hours.[16]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Pts
2007 Motorbase Performance Porsche 997 GT3 BRH
1

4
BRH
2

5
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

1
THR
1

1
THR
2

1
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

2
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
DON
1

2
DON
2

2
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

4
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

12
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
THR
1

1
THR
2

1
3rd 322

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2007 HISAQ Competition BHR1 BHR2 ESP MON FRA GBR
15
GER HUN TUR BEL ITA NC† 0†

† Guest driver – Not eligible for points.

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2008 Motorbase Performance BMW 320si BRH
1

8
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

10
ROC
3

13
DON
1

6
DON
2

12
DON
3

16
THR
1

12
THR
2

13
THR
3

9
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

6
SNE
3

2
OUL
1

9
OUL
2

4
OUL
3

Ret
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

14
KNO
3

9
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

12
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

2
11th 86
2010 Airwaves BMW BMW 320si THR
1

NC
THR
2

8
THR
3

1*
ROC
1

5
ROC
2

3
ROC
3

3
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

3
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

5
OUL
3

2
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

3
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

6
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

8
SIL
3

7
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

5
KNO
3

Ret
DON
1

6
DON
2

6
DON
3

4
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

2
6th 169

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Anthony Davidson
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2001
Succeeded by
Jamie Green