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Fassbender finishes Le Mans despite two race crashes

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Hollywood A-lister and Fossa man Michael Fassbender gave a good account of himself during his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend.

FANDOM: Michael Fassbender's appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours was a firm favourite with fans. Photo: Porsche Media

SELFIE: One lucky fan gets a selfie with Michael Fassbender during the Le Mans 24 Hours race weekend. Photo: Porsche Media

Fassbender was tackling the world's toughest endurance race for the first time and the legendary event threw everything at him.

He still managed to finish 17th in class, just 14 laps behind the class winner after 24 hours of driving.

Fassbender shared driving duties with professional drivers Matt Campbell and Zach Robichon.

After three years racing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) – the recognised feeder series ahead of any Le Mans debut – Fassbender endured all sorts of calamities on his way to the finish.

Even before the race started on Saturday afternoon he was in trouble,.

On Wednesday evening he was involved in a high-speed crash during qualifying after a brake disc failed in his Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR.

His team worked around the clock to ensure the car he shared with Campbell and Robichon was ready for the start.

His inexperience in the race itself showed. ELMS events do not include night time driving.

Just before midnight, during his first stint under the cover of darkness he was punted off the track by another driver.

The crew were running well inside the top 20 of the Amateur class at the time.

Fassbender returned to the pits where his Proton Competition mechanics were able to repair the car. However, they lost several laps during the repair works and they re-joined in 22nd place in class.

He was in trouble again, shortly after 2am on Sunday morning, during his second turn at the wheel at night time.

This time it was all his own fault as he lost control of the Porsche on the approach to Dunlop Curves and got stuck in a gravel trap. He had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for help to arrive and return him to the track.

He and his two teammates recovered to finish 16th in class. The crew completed 329 laps of the 13km course over the 24 hours.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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