Kenney Battles to Miller Podium Sterling, Virginia (September 17, 2007) -- Liam Kenney returned to Miller Motorsports Park last weekend, Friday 14th -- Saturday 15th September, and duly added his third straight podium at the stunning...
Kenney Battles to Miller Podium
Sterling, Virginia (September 17, 2007) -- Liam Kenney returned to Miller Motorsports Park last weekend, Friday 14th -- Saturday 15th September, and duly added his third straight podium at the stunning Utah track with a third place finish in Round 15 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship followed by a fifth place effort in Round 16 the next day.
With just four rounds remaining this season, split between double-header events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada in October and Buttonwillow Raceway, California in November, Kenney's latest podium finish, his tenth of the year, keeps him third overall in the Driver Standings behind fellow race-winners, Billy Goshen and John Knudsen.
Kenney, who earlier in the season wracked up back-to-back second place finishes at Miller Motorsports Park, was back on form at the weekend piloting the #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports entry after a month-long lay-off between race weekends. The 15-year-old rookie needn't have worried about blowing the cob-webs off as he launched straight into two qualifying sessions on Friday collecting a brace of third place starts, his fifth and sixth consecutive top-three grid slots.
Round 15 on Friday afternoon failed to go Liam's way at the start as he made a sluggish getaway along with pole-winner Billy Goshen. The two young chargers dropped down the field to fifth and sixth but it wasn't long before they showed their class battling it out amongst the opposition. While John Knudsen used all his experience in the class to hold the lead, Kenney doggedly picked his way back up to second initially defending his position from Goshen shadowing behind.
Despite a valiant effort to hold off his rival, Goshen's car's improved and more recent aerodynamic body kit, allowed due to a mid-season rule change, proved to be advantageous on Miller's long, high-speed straights. Kenney ultimately surrendered second to Goshen who subsequently went on to snatch the victory from Knudsen -- the race cut short due to time restraints. While unable to match the pace of the two leading cars, Liam comfortably secured third for a fifth straight podium finish and his third of the season at Miller.
Saturday's Round 16 would see Liam make the most of a first lap full-course caution, the class rookie seizing an early lead at the subsequent re-start. While he enjoyed some lead laps Kenney's luck wasn't to hold out and with some suspected engine-related issues his pace tailed off and he tumbled down to fifth at the checkered. John Knudsen picked up his first win since Round 7 leading home Christian Franck in second and series leader Billy Goshen in third.
"Well it's always good to lead laps," stated Kenney afterwards. "It's a shame they didn't translate into a win but I'm happy with the earlier podium and I'm still sitting third in the title chase. We're off to Las Vegas next and that's an important race for me given I was raised there and have family in Nevada. I'm totally committed to trying to win there this season and can't wait for next month's race meeting."
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada hosts Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship, Saturday 13th -- Sunday 14th October 2007 -- www.formulatr.com