Kenney Adds To Podium Tally at Willow Springs Sterling, Virginia (August 14, 2007) -- Liam Kenney collected a pair of second place podium finishes in California at the weekend, twice finishing runner-up to new series leader Billy Goshen in ...
Kenney Adds To Podium Tally at Willow Springs
Sterling, Virginia (August 14, 2007) -- Liam Kenney collected a pair of second place podium finishes in California at the weekend, twice finishing runner-up to new series leader Billy Goshen in Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2007 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship at Willow Springs Raceway.
Consistency has proved key to both drivers of-late with Goshen and Kenney locking out the top two steps of the podium for four straight races dating back to July's double-header meeting at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah. While Goshen claimed the series lead at Willow Springs, taking over from veteran racer John Knudsen, Kenney solidified third in the Driver Standings. The 15-year-old Virginia rookie, who led most of Saturday's race at Willow Springs, trails Knudsen in second by just 34 points (426-392) with six rounds remaining.
Arriving at Willow Springs Raceway as the defending champion, having dominated May's previous meeting with his first and second victories of the season in Rounds 5 and 6, Kenney was immediately faced with set-up issues in Saturday's Round 13 qualifying session. Struggling to match the pace of eventual pole-sitter, Kenney settled for a solid second on the grid.
With the pack running four-wide into the first turn at the start of the afternoon's race, it was Liam who emerged in the lead behind the wheel of the #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports entry having out-braked his rivals into the corner. The rookie went on to head the field for the majority of the race, maintaining P1 despite the later disruption of a full-course caution and another re-start. Fate would intervene however with the handling on Kenney's car washing out in the closing stages. Goshen passed for the lead, taking his third straight win with Liam coming home comfortably in second place.
Kenney quickly put the disappointment of losing the win behind him and again showcased his speed in Sunday morning's warm-up, the open-wheel standout topping the timesheets. Still lacking straight-line speed in qualifying, Kenney once again found himself second on the grid to pole-winner Billy Goshen, the gap between the two chargers significantly less this time around as Liam secured his fifth front-row start of the season.
Round 14 started with Liam again seizing the lead but it proved short lived as the field was forced to abort and take a re-start due to the late waiving of the green flag. Kenney held on to second but a lengthy full-course caution period in the second-half of the race denied him a crack at the lead as the race ended under yellows, Goshen hanging on for the win with Liam scoring his ninth podium to-date.
"I'm a little disappointed not to have picked up a win this weekend," reflected Kenney. "We just had to work so hard here on set-up and I guess it didn't really work out as we'd hoped but I'm satisfied with how we went about things. I'm happy with two more second places, we showed consistency through what was nothing less than an eventful weekend. We've got another month before our next meeting so we're going to test again and keep work away on our package for the rest of the year."