Kenney Scores Second Straight Jetta TDI Victory Sterling, Virginia (October 05, 2008) -- Virginia's Liam Kenney become the only repeat winner in the inaugural 2008 VW Jetta TDI Cup Series on Saturday, 4th October, the 16-year-old powering his...
Kenney Scores Second Straight Jetta TDI Victory
Sterling, Virginia (October 05, 2008) -- Virginia's Liam Kenney become the only repeat winner in the inaugural 2008 VW Jetta TDI Cup Series on Saturday, 4th October, the 16-year-old powering his way to a second consecutive victory in Round 8, the season finale hosted at Georgia's Road Atlanta circuit.
A second place race finish by Josh Hurley however was enough to deny Kenney the championship despite the teenager's strong end-of-season form. Hurley claimed the title with Liam having to settle for runner-up honours, just five points in arrears (260-255), in a season where he totaled two wins, four podiums and seven straight top-ten finishes as the youngest competitor in the 30-strong field.
Scoring his first win behind the wheel of the #35 ViON/Trax International clean diesel-powered VW Jetta TDI last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Kenney was targeting a repeat performance heading to Road Atlanta for the eighth and final round.
He picked up his fifth top-ten qualifying slot of 2008 with a sixth place effort around the 2.54-mile permanent road course the day before, Liam's fastest lap a 1m40.358s to pole winner Mark Pombo's 1m40.049s.
Saturday's 18-lap race lived up to its billing with action throughout the field but for the first time this season, minus the introduction of a full-course caution period. Liam made a customary charge at the start and grabbed the lead of the race on lap 12 having run three wide at the chicane with Mark Pombo and Chris Holman. After that Kenney controlled the race and duly claimed his second straight victory ahead of Josh Hurley in second and Mark Pombo in third.
"I can't complain with taking the win, I really did all I could to take the title," stated Kenney post-race. "It was a great race but I knew I had to be patient to put myself into contention for the win. I wasn't happy starting sixth but I made the moves and had quite the pass to take the lead exiting the chicane.
"The season's been a good learning experience for me and I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. I can't say I'm thrilled to finish second overall but there are a lot of positives to take from the year. My Jetta TDI never let me down and I've enjoyed the challenge of competing against the other drivers and being in the series with Volkswagen."