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Kenneally becomes eighth winner of Winter Cup!

Kenneally becomes eighth winner of Winter Cup!

Fin Kenneally took victory at the 21st South Garda Winter Cup in front of a sell out crowd on Sunday to make it Great Britain’s 10th victory at the event. He is the eighth Brit to win the coveted race and joins the likes of Enaam Ahmed, George Russell, Ben Hanley and Gary Catt in doing so.

Fin, who recently switched to the Ricky Flynn Motorsport Team, was having only his second race in the new OK Junior category but seems just as comfortable as he did in Rotax towards the back end of last year.

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Fin started the weekend by qualifying 3rd out of the 65 competitors before going on to take a 2nd, two 3rd’s and a 12th in the heats after a ten second penalty.

This put him 3rd on the grid for Pre-Final A where he went to finish 2nd behind his team mate Timothy Peisselon. This was job done as far as Fin was concerned as he would put him on the much favoured inside row for the main Final, where starts had been an issue all weekend.

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As the Final got underway Fin made the perfect getaway by tucking in behind his team mate Peisselon. The two quickly built up a gap with the rest of the field scrapping behind, but that soon started to change. Peisselon seemed to be struggling for pace in front of Kenneally and Ivan Shvetsov in 3rd was quickly catching.

Fin realised the danger behind so passed his team mate on lap 7 as we now had three for the lead! The Swede, Shvetsov in 3rd, despite the fact Fin was unable to pull away out front was looking more eager to go through to 2nd and when he tried a move on Peisselon on lap 10 he was unable to execute it probably which heavily delayed the two handing victory to Kenneally.

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Fin now 1.7 seconds up the road was able to take his foot off the gas slightly and cruise home to win by 1.3 seconds. Peisselon was eventually handed 2nd after Shvetsov was given a penalty dropping him to 3rd.

On the victory Fin commented: “I was so happy to be on the top step at Lonato. I overtook my team mate Timothy Peisselon for the lead at the halfway point and an unfortunate incident shortly after between him and another driver gave me the opportunity to break away and maintain my lead.”

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On the season ahead he commented: “I’m now fully committed to my karting career. I began schooling at home with a tutor in October 2015 in order to maintain a high quality education whilst being fully committed to my racing. I train twice a week with a personal trainer and follow a healthy nutrition plan. I love the professional approach RFM take to the sport and I have settled in very quickly. I believe with them I have the best chance at winning major championships this year and I can’t wait for the first round of the WSK Super Master Series at Casteletto next week.”

Reports on the OK and KZ2 classes to follow


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