Solid Miller Outing Moves Kenney Up To Third Sterling, Virginia (July 16, 2007) -- Liam Kenney improved to third overall in the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship Driver Standings following a solid pair of back-to-back second place...
Solid Miller Outing Moves Kenney Up To Third
Sterling, Virginia (July 16, 2007) -- Liam Kenney improved to third overall in the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship Driver Standings following a solid pair of back-to-back second place finishes in Rounds 11 and 12 of the series hosted last weekend at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park, Friday 13th -- Saturday 14th July.
Kenney, driver of the #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports entry, climbed from fourth to third in the points chase courtesy of his sixth and seventh podium finishes to-date, the 15-year-old rookie from Virginia having improved his championship standing after all six double-header race meetings this season. One of only three drivers to have scored a victory this year in the class for the 200bhp, 2-litre Formula Renault open-wheel race cars, Liam, winner of three races, is only headed by fellow winners, series leader John Knudsen and second placed Billy Goshen -- victor of both races at the weekend in Utah.
Liam kept his impressive qualifying run firmly intact during Friday's timed session on the 3.06-mile Outer Circuit at Miller Motorsports Park. Picking up his eleventh straight top-five starting slot, placing third on the grid thanks to a hot lap of 1m52.170s, Kenney ensured he'd be in the thick of the action when the afternoon's race got underway.
Admitting a slightly sluggish start, Liam quickly made amends as the pack shuffled towards the first turn. Dicing breathtakingly close to John Knudsen's #7 entry, Kenney's bold move on the veteran worked out cleanly and he found himself up into second and ready to chase down pole-winner Billy Goshen. While he was forced to battle with a challenging car in the first half of the race, and therefore lose ground to the leader, the second half saw Liam more comfortable with the set-up and he got to work closing the gap to Goshen ahead. Holding second place at the checkered, Kenney's efforts had narrowed his fellow rookie's lead to just two seconds by the end of the sprint.
Saturday's qualifying session was simply a thriller with the #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports entry planted firmly at the top of the timesheets until a last gasp flier from John Knudsen deposed the teenager from the top spot. Taking his third front-row start of the season, Liam survived being boxed in at the start but dropped back to third. In the melee Goshen took the lead leaving Knudsen and Kenny to fight for second. Liam eventually triumphed to place second with Goshen posting another Miller victory.
"I'm excited to be up to third in the championship," commented Kenney. "I'm just focusing on one race at a time but hopefully with continued success that will lead to being directly involved in the title fight soon. It goes without saying I was hoping for a bit more from the weekend at Miller but two second places aren't all that bad when all's said and done. It's an improvement on last year's results here in the 1600 class when I scored a second and a third. We're coming back here in a couple of months time so hopefully we'll be able to put all we've learned from this weekend and return with a shot at the top step of the podium."
Willow Springs Raceway, California hosts Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship, Saturday 11th -- Sunday 12th August 2007 -- www.formulatr.com
Liam Kenney enjoys backing from Network Solutions, Mobil 1, Piloti Shoes, Mothers Waxes and Polishes, OG Racing and Ristorante Zeffirelli.
Formula TR 2000 Top-10 -- R12/20: 1st Knudsen (328), 2nd Goshen (324), 3rd KENNEY (278), 4th Martinez Jr. (272), 5th Franck (266), 6th Booth (222), 7th Lynch (206), 8th Bruno (201), 9th Braun (179), 10th Siska (153)