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Kenny bounces back from practice crash to take two podiums at Road America

After a two day test at Road America Aidan was confident going into free practice 1 on Friday Morning. After 9 laps Aidan was top of the time sheets and whilst approaching the braking zone at turn 5 at 162 mph Aidan hit coolant that had been dropped by another car and the car turned right into the wall then into the tyre barriers at the end of the straight. Luckily Aidan walked away from the high-speed impact but unfortunately the car was too badly damaged to be repaired at the track. Fortunately, the team were able to borrow a spare car from another team allowing Aidan to continue with the race weekend.

With virtually no time to acclimatise to the new car Aidan qualified in an amazing P3 for race 1 on Saturday.

As the field of 23 cars took the green flag Aidan immediately attacked for P2 and by turn two he was through into second place. For the remainder of the lap he was under attack from the following cars but by lap two he had built a gap of 2.5 seconds and set about closing the gap to the leader. With 7 minutes to go Aidan had built a 4 second gap to P3 and was slowly closing in on the leader but a full course yellow was required to recover a damaged car. With the field now bunched up again hopes were high that he could attack the leader at the restart but unfortunately the race would finish under yellow with Aidan crossing the line in P2.

Starting again from P3 for race 2 on Sunday Aidan was nudged back to P4 at turn 1 and was under pressure from a three-car battle behind. Over the next few laps Aidan pulled clear of the chasing pack and began chasing down P3 and by lap 5 Aidan was on the bumper of P3 and dived up the inside at turn 5 to take the position. For the remainder of the race Aidan continued to post personal best lap times and was closing in on the car ahead but had to settle for P2 at the flag.

Aidan Kenny

Overall it was a great weekend for the championship, especially as I could’ve been watching both races from home after the incident I had in FP1. Two second place finishes was the best I could do in an unfamiliar car but we took home some great points. We still have a bit more pace to find to continue the championship fight, but I have full confidence in the ACI Motorsports crew that we will be able to get the job done at COTA in two weeks.


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