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

Jonny Kane
Jonny Kane Driver of Strakka Racing's Gibson 015S Nissan (27225740895) (2).jpg
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2001 - 2002, 2006 - 2013, 2015 -
TeamsMG Sport & Racing Ltd., Spyker Squadron, Embassy Racing, Speedy Racing Team Sebah, Strakka Racing
Best finish5th (2010)
Class wins1 (2010)
Kane driving the Lola B08/80 during the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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 3 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 amongst others 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]

Racing recordEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001   MG Sport & Racing Ltd.   Anthony Reid
  Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX257 LMP675 30 DNF DNF
2002   MG Sport & Racing Ltd.   Anthony Reid
  Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX257 LMP675 129 DNF DNF
2006   Spyker Squadron b.v.   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Mike Hezemans
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R GT2 202 DNF DNF
2007   Spyker Squadron b.v.   Jaroslav Janiš
  Mike Hezemans
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R GT2 70 DNF DNF
2008   Embassy Racing   Warren Hughes
  Joey Foster
Embassy WF01-Zytek LMP2 213 DNF DNF
2009   Speedy Racing Team
  Sebah Automotive
  Benjamin Leuenberger
  Xavier Pompidou
Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 343 12th 2nd
2010   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 367 5th 1st
2011   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01d LMP2 144 DNF DNF
2012   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 303 30th 8th
2013   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03c LMP1 332 6th 6th
2015   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
Strakka Dome S103-Nissan LMP2 264 DNF DNF
2016   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Danny Watts
Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 351 8th 4th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03a Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SEB
8
SPA
6
LMS
22
SIL
5
SÃO
5
BHR
3
FUJ
6
SHA
6
7th 64
2013 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03c Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SIL
Ret
SPA
7
LMS
6
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 15th 22
2015 Strakka Racing LMP2 Strakka Dome S103 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
5
LMS
Ret
NÜR
7
COA
7
FUJ
6
SHA
6
BHR
5
6th 63
2016 Strakka Racing LMP2 Gibson 015S Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
Ret
LMS
4
NÜR
4
MEX
4
COA
Ret
FUJ
6
SHA BHR 8th 66

ReferencesEdit

  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". Le Mans Series. 23 August 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.

External linksEdit

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