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Olympic hero Jason Kenny soars to sixth place on racing return

Saturday, August 27 2016

British Olympic Cycling hero Jason Kenny returned to the track, this time on four wheels at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), taking an excellent sixth place in a Radical sports prototype race.

Just over a week after equalling Sir Chris Hoy's UK record of six Gold Medals, Jason emulated his former Team GB colleague again by taking to the wheel of a Radical racer, however unlike Hoy, he's not looking for a change of career just yet.

After qualifying a fine sixth amongst a grid of regular racers, Jason finished 11th in the opening encounter, before fighting back in the second race to claim a top six finish.

"I'm just doing this because I want to do it," Jason said. "Radical helped me out, they've been really good and it's made it good fun. I'm just doing it for a laugh, so I just take it one race at a time."

Jason said there are some similarities between motor racing and competitive cycling, but he's not planning podium celebrations just yet. "A lot of it crosses over," he said. "But I think you don't have to change your mindset, but your expectations. Where I'm used to being at the front on bikes, in cars I'm a novice, which is why I enjoy it as I can get better, and I enjoy that rate of improvement.

"I want to get used to being in the car and being on track and just going fast. I did a good lap in qualifying, which is good, but I just need to keep churning them out and get used to someone in my mirrors, which is going to be interesting!"

This isn't Jason's first time on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, for he competed in a Ginetta in a British GT Championship-supporting race back in 2013, before training commitments took priority once again. "Last time I came I really struggled," he said. "I've only been once and it was a good few years ago. It's such a challenging circuit, but it's good. I'd like to come back more often and do a bit of practice, and I think it's the kind of circuit you'd really love the more you do it."

Jason will return much sooner next time, but it will be back on two wheels and under his own steam. "We're doing the Revolve 24 hours," he said. "We rode round the circuit last night and it was hard work to be fair! That will be a laugh - it's just with my dad and uncle. We'll do the full thing, just because we want to; it's a good challenge, so we'll see how we go.

"Rio was amazing and the speed of change after it all; you have such a definite plan for so long and you take that plan away and you're left not really knowing what to do with yourself, so things like this are a good distraction, it's still competing and just having a laugh as well."

Jason will take part in a third Radical Challenge Championship race at 2:15pm tomorrow. The race is part of the support bill for the Lotus Festival, with Lotus racing headlining action on the Grand Prix circuit, displays, rally rides and a huge trade village.

Tickets for the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch are available for £24 on Sunday 28 August, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click   here.

Brands Hatch fans will also receive a 15% discount off their entry fee by using the promo code BRANDS15 until midnight 2 September. For more information, visitwww.revolve24.com