OAMPS INSURANCE ENDURANCE CLASSIC - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 SANDOWN INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RACEWAY WEDNESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 1998 GRANT KENNY CHASING CHEQUERED FLAGS Iron man legend Grant Kenny is set to swap the ocean waves for the sweeping turns...
OAMPS INSURANCE ENDURANCE CLASSIC - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 SANDOWN INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RACEWAY
WEDNESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 1998
GRANT KENNY CHASING CHEQUERED FLAGS
Iron man legend Grant Kenny is set to swap the ocean waves for the sweeping turns of Sandown International Motor Raceway to make his national motorsports debut this weekend in the OAMPS Insurance Endurance Classic.
A former front runner in celebrity motorsport events at the Grand Prix and Indycar events, Kenny will drive a Class B Subaru Impreza WRX with Gold Coast racer Scott Jacob.
With testing miles under his belt and recent races behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla club car, Kenny is set to transfer his intense competitive spirit to the racetrack.
"I really got the bug for this while doing celebrity races and have wanted to get more involved for a long time," Kenny said.
"Things have come up before, but I've never really had the time to get involved.
"I've got my time a little more organised these days and when Scott rang me with the opportunity, I jumped at it.
"We're going to do Sandown and Bathurst this year with a view to doing the whole GTP championship in 1999."
A highly successful iron man and olympic kayaker, Kenny is confident of a strong showing in the 1-hour endurance event this weekend.
"Obviously that competitive nature is going to come out once I climb aboard the racecar," Kenny said.
"While doing the club car races, the plan was to go at things pretty conservatively but the team were a bit surprised when that competitive instinct came out.
"We will certainly be out these chasing 10ths of a second, but at least in the racecar you are not going to finish the event puffing and panting.
"I've always been pretty self critical, and working on my technique will be my main aim in the initial races."
Kenny and Jacob have been working on fine tuning the Subaru Impreza WRX at Lakeside Raceway in Brisbane in preparation for the Sandown event.
"The car really is a joy to drive and totally different to anything I've ever raced before," Kenny said.
"I suppose most of the other celebrity cars were basically road cars, whereas the GTP specs with the slick tyres and suspension improvements is a whole new experience for me.
"I've still got a lot to learn but I am really looking forward to it."
Kenny's co-driver and team owner Scott Jacob is a former winner of the Queensland Gemini series which launched the career of other leading Queensland racers Tony Longhurst and Paul Morris.
Jacob is highly impressed with his co-driver's efforts to date.
"I've been really impressed with his progress so far and I think he's going to be quite competitive," Jacob said.
"Our testing was delayed a little while waiting for new parts, but the overall, its gone extremely well.
"Sandown will be a bit of learning experience for all of us and an ideal warm-up for Bathurst."
The Sandown event will be televised live by Network Ten, prior to the V8 Supercar Tickford 500 on Sunday, September 13.