BRDC Rising Star Scott McKenna secured a sensational podium in his first weekend in the BTCC-supporting Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship at Donington Park last weekend (1/2 August).
The North Yorkshire youngster joined fellow North East team Redline Racing for the new Carrera Cup GB season – which had been postponed for over three months due to to global COVID-19 pandemic – and set out to prove a point with the multiple championship-winning squad.
After showing promising pace throughout the week’s official test sessions, the Eighty One Powerdrink-backed rookie put himself firmly in contention for the two races on Sunday with a lap time good enough for fourth on the grid in a tight qualifying session the previous day.
With the top three in his sights, McKenna gave chase among the leading five-car pack in the opening 23-lap race. In the closing laps, the 2019 Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion looked to grab the final podium spot from Esmee Hawkey but came just short, holding Lorcan Hanafin at bay at the final corner to seal fourth place on his debut.
Best of the Redline Racing contenders, McKenna was hungry to leave the Leicestershire circuit with silverware starting from pole position in front of the ITV4 cameras for race two as a result of a partially reversed grid.
A strong start kept the 18-year-old ahead as the field headed down Craner Curves, but he lost out to fellow former Ginetta racer Harry King at McLeans on the opening lap. McKenna kept his head as former series champion Josh Webster closed in, but could not prevent the celebrations as McKenna sealed second place by 0.5s.
A brace of top-four results leaves McKenna sitting pretty in third spot in the PCCGB standings, just seven points adrift of the series lead as the Stokesley man heads to Brands Hatch in Kent this weekend (8/9 August) for two more races.
Races will once again be broadcast LIVE on ITV4 in support of the British Touring Car Championship.
Scott McKenna (#82 Redline Racing):
“What a day! I am so happy for both myself and the team. To come away from my Carrera Cup GB debut with a podium and two rookie wins is a near perfect result.
“I’m over the moon with how race two went. Josh was closing in and closing in at the end, and I think that was just his experience of longer races compared to me. That experience will come for us, and to come away with a trophy is mega. I’m having a lot of fun in these cars already, and it’s a dream come true to start that way.”
Photo Credits: Dan Bathie/Porsche Motorsport GB