Flynn Mullany finishes 15th and Faine Kahia slipped off track after impressive Qualifying at FIA Motorsport Games

Flynn Mullany finishes 15th and Faine Kahia slipped off track after impressive Qualifying at FIA Motorsport Games

NZ’s Flynn Godfrey Mullany finished 15th at 2019 FIA Motorsport Games F4 Cup category with Touring Cup driver Kiwi Faine Kahia unable to sustain traction on the slippery track after pulling impressive 6th in Qualifying on Saturday.

Flynn Godfrey Mullany FIA Motorsport Games F4 Cup Photo Credit: KVN Racing

Flynn states: ‘The FIA Motorsport Games has been a real testing ground for me over the practice and qualifying sessions. I managed to keep up with the pack and qualify myself P16 for the main race. It was difficult to get the car controlled in the wet but I managed to keep it on track’.

Up against world-class F4 competition in first edition of the inaugural event, Mullany posted best lap time of 137.3 kph relative to F4 Cup winner Andrea Rosso at 140.3 kph. Flynn finished total of 14 laps at 27:45.810 seconds to Italy’s winner at 27:30.528 seconds.

Solid performance for NZ’s 17 year old first taste of F4 racing in Europe.

Motorsport NZ selected Touring Cup driver Faine Kahia took brilliant 6th result in Qualifying Race on Saturday, only to succumb to wet, slippery track conditions ending what could-of-been high-class result.

Faine Kahia FIA Motorsport Games Touring Cup Photo Credit: Faine

Faine Kahia: ‘Unfortunately it wasn’t our day today. After a strong start getting to P4 in the first lap we then started fighting straight away for podium position P3. Felt good enough for even higher as well’.

‘Safety car came out then on the restart I had a great run, made a move to the outside to take P3 and on a wet track on slicks in these cars at 200km/h I was unfortunately caught out’.

‘The car snapped, I hit the grass then it was all over after that. I was told to push so I did. I’m just very disappointed for my team and supporters back home, I apologise to you all as we definitely could have come home with a podium’.

Very happy that in my debut first time driving this car and running with this team I proved myself as a threat to some of the best in Europe and the world, to be competitive against seasoned pros’.

Awesome experience for NZ’s promising young talented drivers up against the world’s best at an amazing event: 2019 FIA Motorsport Games, Rome, Italy.

Words: Sharon Cox.

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