Oliver Denny, from Great Bealings, may only be 8 years old but he has already won on the international stage after taking victory at the opening round of the Florida Winter Tour. The first round of the annual championship took place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, situated directly next to the oval circuit used for Nascar racing.
Oliver was entered into the Micro ROK class which had a full grid of 32 drivers. His weekend didn’t get off to the best start in qualifying as he was only able to manage 15th after a mistake in qualifying caused his fastest time to be disallowed.
However, he quickly dusted himself off and made up for it in the heats as was able to finish in the top 10 all three times with a 5th, 8th and 4th leaving him in good shape for the Pre-Final. Denny went on to finish 4th in the Pre-Final leaving him with a very good chance to score at least a podium in the Final.
The Micro Rok drivers may be the youngest on the tour but they put on one of the most entertaining races of the day! Oliver was involved in a three kart breakaway which also included Lucas Rodriguez and Jeremy Flecther. The trio were constantly swapping positions but after Denny convincingly passed Rodriguez for the lead with two laps to go it was game over and the young Brit went on to take victory becoming the first British driver to ever win in the Micro class!
This is not Oliver’s first big win though, he’s already won 3 non MSA club championships and set 2 lap records in the UK. Off the back of that Oliver’s team (Fusion Motorsport) decided to enter him in the 2016 Florida Winter Tour.
Team Manager Dan Hazelwood commented ‘Oliver will compete the IAME British Championship, Little Green Man and Formula Kart Stars championship in the UK during 2016, the FWT offers an opportunity to compete at a high level before UK championships start’.
Chassis manufacturer Benik (Oliver’s chassis in the FWT) commented “Oliver Denny is one of the best young talents we have seen, his calmness and speed will win him many races”.
In the post-race interview Oliver said “ I love the grip, we set our pressures low so I knew my kart would be strong at the end, it’s a great win for me and Benik”.
Oliver will return to Florida in February to compete in Round 2 of the tour, hoping for continued success.