Scott McKenna continues to perform, but this weekend the tires let him down.
Scott was back on track this past weekend, heading to the fast Thruxton circuit to get behind the wheel of his Porsche. After completing 46 laps with an average speed of 114mph in testing, Scott was determined to grab this opportunity to do one better than his recent second place at Knockhill.Thruxton is a quick track with many drivers conscious of the abrasive nature of the high-speed tarmac. Looking for a front-row spot, Despite being a victim to a time deletion at one stage, McKenna found clear air and put in a lap narrowly short of his target, qualifying fifth and just a couple a tenths from a front-row spot.
Race 1 - Thruxton
Starting in P5 Scott knew there was work to be done, but in race 1 of the weekend Scott had slipped to P8; now was the time to put a strong performance in.
Last year’s Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion knuckled down and started picking off his rivals, moving onto the rear of a train of cars ultimately battling for third spot with the leaders slowing each other up ahead.
McKenna caught the pack but could not quite find his way around the two cars ahead of him, finishing less than a second away from a fourth podium finish and securing a rookie class podium in the process.
Race 2 - Thruxton
Another bit of luck came Scott’s way again as the partial reverse grid was drawn and Scott was once again on pole going into race 2. In a race full of battles and punctures Scott worked hard to keep off his fellow drivers and remain in the top 3.
A podium was within range with a handful of laps remaining until a spate of left-rear punctures threw the race into uncertainty. McKenna kept the car on the island but, just as he was about to grab second place from a slowing Webster, the Redline Racer’s left-rear gave way with just two laps remaining. Ice Driver experience on the frozen lakes helped him wrestle the 911 into the pitlane for repairs, but the failure sadly proved terminal.“What can you say. We gave it all we could in those races and we were so close to another podium. We can look away from that though and take the positives from our performance and come back stronger as a result with more data in our pocket.
“It’s gutting to have a good result taken away from you like that, especially when you feel like you’re so nearly there and you’re managing the car home trying to avoid the kerbs and looking after the tyre.
“We still ran at the sharp end where we should be and I’ll be coming out fighting at Silverstone. We ran well in testing there both personally and as a team, so we can hopefully hit the ground running and fight for a few more trophies.”
McKenna next heads to Silverstone’s National circuit this weekend (26/27 September) for the latest pair of races. Sunday’s races will be broadcast LIVE on ITV2 in support of the British Touring Car Championship.