New Winner Priaulx: “It’s An Awesome, Surreal Feeling”

Seb Priaulx says his maiden Ginetta Junior Championship win came as a surprise at Knockhill today after he initially made a poor start to the second race of the day.

A sluggish getaway saw Priaulx, who had earlier converted his first pole position into third in the opening race, shuffled back four positions to seventh heading around the first complex of corners.

Priaulx was the man on the move as the race progressed however, gaining a couple of spots on lap four before picking up two more a couple of laps later.

That put the Guernseyman on the back of a three car battle for the lead, and as those in front made contact at the first corner on the penultimate lap, an opportunistic move secured him the lead.

From there, a composed drive to the chequered flag earnt Priaulx an emotional first overall victory of the campaign, as well as a fifth Rookie Cup success.

“It’s an awesome, surreal feeling. It doesn’t feel real at the moment,” Priaulx told TCF after the podium celebrations.

“I had a rubbish start and we were seventh for part of the race and I thought it would be tough to get back near the podium, but the race came to me. People were going off into the gravel, making contact and I picked up the pieces.

“It’s a really weird feeling, but I’m so happy to get my first victory. It’s so cool and means the world to me and the family. We’ll enjoy it tonight, but I’m back starting sixth tomorrow and really looking forward to the race.”