Another Win Keeps Caleb Kenney In Championship Lead After reclaiming the overall championship lead in last month's SCCA Formula Russell Championship Rounds 9 & 10, Caleb Kenney went into the weekend looking to defend the top spot...
Another Win Keeps Caleb Kenney In Championship Lead
After reclaiming the overall championship lead in last month's SCCA Formula Russell Championship Rounds 9 & 10, Caleb Kenney went into the weekend looking to defend the top spot in points. Kenney did just that by posting two podium finishes and secured his spot on top of the championship standings. Race fans were not disappointed with the display of action set during the Formula Russell Rounds 11 & 12 as both races were packed with excitement.
In Round 11 qualifying, Kenney was the man to beat all session. As soon as he hit the track, Kenney ran quick and consistent laps and posted his fast lap late in the 20 minute session. The lap was good enough to hold onto the top spot, earning Kenney his 8th pole in only 11 races. In the Round 11 race, Kenney dominated the start by taking the lead into turn 1. Feeling no serious pressure throughout the race, Kenney went flag to flag, winning by 2.342 seconds over series rival Nic LeDuc.
In Round 12 qualifying, Kenney would just miss out on his 9th pole of the year by just 0.249 seconds. Kenney's lap of 1:40.123 seconds put him starting in the off pole position for the Round 12 race. Kenney felt confident of another great performance in Round 12, but at the start of the race, Kenney's high hopes were hampered by a troublesome gear linkage that forced him to start in 3rd gear. As a result when the green flag came out, Kenney dropped back to 5th position on the first lap. Kenney did not panic and drove a smart race, passing drivers one by one. Kenney soon found himself on the gearbox of the leader at the halfway mark. Using the draft, Kenney would slingshot around the leader in the fast turn 1 and would hold that spot for 2 laps. Kenney, having more troubles with the gear linkage, would miss shift and allow LeDuc to slip by for the lead. Kenney lost a lot of ground due to the lack of momentum and would catch back up the leader at the checkered flag, finishing just 0.479 seconds behind LeDuc.
"I knew I had a real shot to win the race when I saw that it was just half way to go and that I had already caught LeDuc," said Caleb Kenney just after the Round 12 race. "I thought once I got by LeDuc that the hard work was over, but the same gear problem I had on the start cost me the race. The start was a bit scary, because by the time I realized what happened I was already slipping back. Those two mistakes cost me the race. I just need to have all the pieces fall into place and the results will come."
Caleb Kenney will race next in Rounds 13 & 14 of the SCCA Formula Russell Championship held on August 11th and 12th at the picturesque Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.