With a win on Saturday in the first of two races at the Donington Park circuit, Steven Kane was looking to pull out a strong lead over championship rivals Karun Chandhok and Ernesto Viso in the chase for overall Scholarship Class honours - but it was not to be.

Thursday's practice saw the T-Sport driver struggle with a set-up not really suited to the Donington circuit, and this problem ran into Friday's first qualifying session, with Kane off the pace somewhat, qualifying 17th overall and quite a few spots behind championship rival Ernesto Viso. Changes before second qualifying saw the Briton just 2/100ths off the pace, however, albeit rueing the fact that he was unable to hook up on one single lap.

Race one, held on Saturday to help alleviate potential congestion on Sunday when the F3 series shared top billing with the British Touring Car Championship, started badly when Kane struggled to get a good start after a clutch problem occurred. As a result, he found himself behind team-mate Chandhok and two A Class cars, which passed him on the startline straight.

However, a classy move round the outside at Redgate, the first corner, saw Kane get his lost places back and quality driving over the following few laps found him all over the back of Viso, having passed a couple of faster A Class cars in the process.

Kane took his opportunity as the safety car was called in for a second time, and took Viso with a fine manoeuvre through the chicane. After a few laps of mixing it with Carlin's A Class star Jamie Green, he thought better than to risk his championship by getting involved in a needless skirmish, and drove the rest of the race conservatively, keeping out of trouble, scoring 20 points for the win and taking fastest lap in the process.

Despite a late night for the T-Sport team while trying to fix the clutch problem that had arisen on the startline in race one, a re-occurrence of the same gremlin on Sunday meant that a promising grid position disappeared as Kane struggled to get off the line, eventually going into Redgate in last place.

Kane battled away to get to the back of Justin Sherwood, but was unable to pass him and spun whilst trying a bold move through the chicane on the last lap. Although the car started after stalling, allowing Kane to finish in fourth place in class, picking up ten points, he was left to mull over the loss of a potential win double.

"It was a good weekend, but I'm still dogged by bad luck", Kane sighed afterwards, "It's just one of those things I suppose, but it's extremely frustrating with all the hard work people have put in. I'm totally up for Brands Hatch now and can't wait for it to all start."

 

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