OLYMPIC STAR KENNY RE­TURNS TO RAC­ING

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Olympic gold medal hero Ja­son Kenny re­turned to the cock­pit of a Rad­i­cal SR3 af­ter an ab­sence of two years at the Brands Hatch Lo­tus Fes­ti­val last week­end.

Kenny was a podium fin­isher at the Nur­bur­gring in the Rad­i­cal Euro­pean Mas­ters in 2014 but did not fol­low this up be­cause of the de­mands of his cy­cle train­ing pro­gramme.

Rad­i­cal mar­ket­ing man­ager Roger Green of­fered to or­gan­ise the re­turn in the Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge if Kenny won gold in Rio. Three record-break­ing re­sults in South Amer­ica more than earned the op­por­tu­nity to race an SR3 RSX.

The Brands ap­pear­ance was part of the build-up to a race at Jerez in Oc­to­ber, where Kenny is due to form a dream team with co-driver Chris Hoy, an­other six­times gold medal win­ner, as well as a for­mer Rad­i­cal pi­lot and 2016 Le Mans racer. They are sched­uled to share the driv­ing du­ties in a Rad­i­cal Spy­der in Rad­i­cal’s Euro­pean fi­nale.

“Life is re­ally busy at present,” said Kenny, “so one of the things I like about this is be­ing on my own in the car and get­ting a bit of peace and quiet, even though this may sound strange.

“I’ve been on the Grand Prix cir­cuit be­fore and it’s re­ally nar­row and fast and fright­ens me a bit to be hon­est. It’s cer­tainly a real chal­lenge.

“My first tar­get this week­end is get­ting used to hav­ing other cars around me and keep­ing my nose clean. There’s no point go­ing off at the first cor­ner.”

Kenny fin­ished 11th and sixth in the first two races in Kent but col­lided with Brian Caud­well in the fi­nale when fight­ing for a podium place.

Kenny’s mo­tor­sport fu­ture be­yond Jerez is still un­de­cided. “We’re tak­ing a cou­ple of months off and I’ll de­cide if the de­sire is still there to get back into cycling train­ing. You can’t just drift into it – there has to be a full com­mit­ment.”

ex­pe­ri­ence with eight more races in the year. It would also be ben­e­fi­cial for those who come over from Ire­land – it would make it a bit more unique and de­sir­able.”

But Old­field did say that hav­ing three races would mean all Fford rounds would need to be spread over two days, which could pose a prob­lem at some cir­cuits.

Swift Cooper team boss Alan Cooper added: “Most races are over af­ter 15 min­utes any­way so it makes sense. The im­por­tant thing is that if we do that is that they [BRSCC] give us enough time be­tween each ses­sion. If they do the bud­get doesn’t re­ally go up but it is a lot bet­ter value for money.”

This is not the first pro­posal for a new Fford for­mat, with a sug­ges­tion for the se­ries to be made up of four Fes­ti­val-style events prov­ing largely un­pop­u­lar.

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