Kenney Caps Vegas Visit with Podium Sterling, Virginia (October 15, 2007) -- Liam Kenney captured his eleventh podium finish of the season as Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship played out at the Las Vegas ...
Kenney Caps Vegas Visit with Podium
Sterling, Virginia (October 15, 2007) -- Liam Kenney captured his eleventh podium finish of the season as Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship played out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, 13th-14th October.
The 15-year-old Virginia-native was again relishing the opportunity to race in Las Vegas having started his motor racing career there in karting and picked up his first ever open-wheel racing victory at the Motor Speedway a year ago in the Formula TR Pro Series 1600 class. Capturing a third place finish in Round 17 this time round, Kenney followed that up with fifth at the flag in Round 18 having earlier sealed his sixth front-row start of the year.
Qualifying for Round 17 proved to be an event-free affair with Liam steering the #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports entry onto the second row of the grid with a fourth place effort. With four race winners locking out the front two rows, Saturday's race was guaranteed to provide some tight racing and so it proved as they took the start.
Kenney enjoyed a good run on the outside to the first turn, briefly seizing the lead but he would drop back and become embroiled in a fantastic battle with the #16 car of Christian Franck. The duo engaged in several drag races down the Speedway's straight-aways while snaking back and forth through the hairpin turns. Ultimately it was Liam who emerged ahead of his rival, scoring the third and final podium placing behind race winner and pole-sitter, John Knudsen and runner-up Billy Goshen.
Sunday's Round 18 qualifying outing saw Kenney set some consistent lap times but a mid-session set-up change brought dramatic results. Improving his previous best lap time by half a second, the teenage stand-out lapped in 1m23.774s to share the front-row alongside Vegas in-form racer Knudsen, who set a best of 1m23.479s to capture his second straight pole position.
Kenney tucked up behind Knudsen in the early stages of Sunday afternoon's race, the rookie looking for the veteran to make a mistake which would allow him to make a pass for the lead. Knudsen duly held his own at the head of the pack and it was Kenney who suffered a mid-race spin, the result of which dropped him down to fifth. While he kept his composure and successfully kept the car on-track, Kenney's hopes of a second podium were dashed and he was left to close the gap to Christian Franck in fourth through to the checkered. Knudsen triumphed again, his seventh win of the season, followed by Luis Martinez Jr. and series points leader Billy Goshen.
"Well the weekend was successful in that I continued to learn more about myself and the car," reflected Kenney. "Our results were okay, it's always good to score a podium in Las Vegas! There was lots of encouragement from all the friends and family I had watching here and now we head off to Buttonwillow for the season finale. I won there earlier in the season so it should be a good weekend!"
Buttonwillow Raceway Park, California hosts Rounds 19 and 20 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship, Saturday 10th November 2007 -- www.formulatr.com