Just one week after stepping off the plane from Rio de Janeiro, Kenny was back on track and lapping with the championship frontrunners, albeit on four wheels rather than two.
Qualifying sixth on the grid for the first race and eighth for the second out of a 26-strong field, Kenny was caught by the more experienced Challenge competitors off the line but fought back well to take 11th overall, just eight-tenths behind Piers Burton/Paul Batten and just ahead of SR1 Cup graduate Peter Tyler.
Kenny recorded his best finish of the weekend in race 2. From eighth on the grid Kenny had to defend from Mark Crader throughout the opening stages of the race, until a safety car at the mid-point for Jason Rishover & John Macleod’s recovery. On the restart and having overtaken Jason Redding/Paul Allen, Kenny could then increase the clear air between him and the chasing pack for a secure sixth-place finish, closing up to Mark Richards in the process.
In the final, 50-minute enduro of the weekend Kenny was heading for a podium finish, before a minor racing incident caused contact and damage that would ultimately lead to his retirement. Nonetheless, with a lap time just 0.5s off the Brands Hatch triple race-winner Bradley Smith it was clear that four years of Olympic preparation have benefitted Kenny on four wheels too… it will be fascinating to see how this huge potential plays out at the European Masters finale in Jerez on 28-30th October, when he shares an RXC Spyder with another Olympic cycling legend, Sir Chris Hoy.