Following on from the start of racing, Scott was keen to get behind the wheel of his Eighty-One PowerDrink Porsche Carrera Cup once more to continue to show the rest of the grid that although this is his rookie year, he is here to make an impact.
First up was Oulton Park.
Race Weekend 3 - Oulton Park
Awkward weather conditions made qualifying difficult for all drivers, however, with Scott’s Ice Driving pedigree he put his head down and cracked on with the task at hand. A P7 position for qualifying wasn’t what he hoped for, however Scott put in a hard drive to cross the line in P6, even with some damage to the car as well.
A reverse grid set up for race 2 meant that Scott was on pole as the lights went out and it was a fast start for the ice driver. He was swiftly reminded how competitive this year of Porsche Carrera Cup racing was as impressive work from his fellow drivers meant that he dropped down to P3. However, in true McKenna fashion Scott effectively held the position, crossing the line in P3 to secure another podium.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to be back on the podium again. Brands Hatch left us a bit disappointed through no fault of our own, and on Sunday we showed what we could do and got back to how we felt at Donington.
“Through my work with Ice Driver I know what it’s like to drive a Porsche in tricky conditions, and we were on the limit trying to keep in the fight towards the end when it was so greasy. We had damage on Saturday which held us back, but the reverse grid gave us the chance to recover. We showed our pace during Sunday’s race and I’m delighted with the result.
Race Weekend 4 - Knockhill
With some fantastic performances under his belt and a brilliant relationship with his team, Scott was keen to get back out there on the scenic track of Knockhill, Scotland.
A fast free practice session on Friday enabled Scott to show his pace, however a red flag at the end of qualifying left Scott in P8 for the start of race 1, far from ideal in Scott’s eyes but he is a man who performs extremely well under pressure, bring it on.
Race 1 saw a couple of drivers ahead of him come off the track and be forced to retire meaning Scott had worked his way up to P5. Throw in two safety cars and Scott comfortably crossed the line in P5 to score more crucial points and finish as second best of the rookie class drivers.
Another run of good fortune meant that Scott ended up once again on pole for race 2 and he was determined to make the most of this. This is exactly what he did, holding P1 for the majority of the race as the faster Parker car closed in, setting up a final lap shoot-out. McKenna rebuffed the series leader for a full lap, but lost grip on the dirty line and slid wide at Clark corner, hanging on for second place and another Rookie Cup win – his fourth of the season and third overall podium.
“So close and yet so far! We gave it absolutely everything we had in the cars on Sunday. I was on the limit trying to build as big a gap as I could to be sure that I had a chance when the faster car came through the field.
We’re definitely closing in now on that first Carrera Cup win though and that gives us a big boost having the experience to run up front in clear air and fight for the top spot.
We’ve got lots of work to do and improvements in our locker as our experience grows, but some good progress has been made and we made a strong recovery from qualifying to show our fight after we were hard done by with some bad timing of the red flags. On pace, we were often the closest to spoiling the party.
Next up for Scott is Thruxton on 19/20 September for the latest pair of races. Sunday races will be broadcast LIVE on ITV4 in support of the British Touring Car Championship.