Kyle Hornby has told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk that he didn’t expect to be in podium contention at Croft this past weekend, but that he is delighted to have secured his maiden outright Ginetta Junior Championship top three finish.
The R&J Motorsport man has been one of the top rookies in the series throughout the season, notching overall top six finishes at Donington Park and Thruxton before the trip north to Yorkshire.
With no testing at the circuit prior to the race meeting, Hornby was expecting it to be a tough ask to feature near the top of the grid again, but he went on to surpass his own expectations with sixth and second place finishes.
“I can’t really describe it, it feels really good,” said Hornby after his podium celebrations.
“It’s my first podium in the Juniors and its come at a circuit I hadn’t tested at. I came into the weekend not really expecting that much – I certainly never thought I would get a podium.”
A quick start to race two had seen Hornby climb from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, before he benefitted from contact ahead at the hairpin on lap four to slot into second place.
From there, the Stockport-based racer produced some superb defensive driving to hold off a queue of cars behind, headed by former race-winner Sophia Floersch.
“There were so many cars in my mirrors in the last few laps I couldn’t count them all,” he reflected. “I just had to focus on holding them back to the end and I managed to get second.”
Following a mixed start to the year, the podium has filled Hornby with confidence heading into the summer break and he hopes to be in contention for more as the season progresses.
“It’s been an up and down first half of the season, we’ve got some Rookie podiums but also had some bad meetings like Oulton Park,” he concluded.
“We’re going to look ahead to the future now though and hopefully get some more results like this. We’ve got second now, so we naturally want to be looking to challenge for wins.”