Florida Racing News
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Alex Hornborg Claims Podium And Top Five in FKCS Action
Alex Hornborg Racing
Heading to round three of the six race Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS), Ocala Gran Prix and Tony Kart driver Alex Hornborg would look to carry the momentum gained in the previous month. Taking place at the short but technical RaceComplex facility in Fort Myers, Florida, Hornborg scored a fourth place result in the TaG Junior category and improved his finishing position in the Rotax Junior class on Sunday to stand on the second step of the podium.
Feeling slightly under the weather throughout the unofficial Friday test sessions, Hornborg lacked the speed to challenge for the weekend podiums. Working hard with tuner Tony Loniewski, Hornborg improved greatly on Saturday as he entered the first of the two days of wheel-to-wheel action.
"Friday was a tough day for me as I wasn't feeling the greatest," explained Alex. "With that, as well as the heat and the physical demand of the twisty race track, I was a little off. I had good nights rest on Friday night and came back Saturday fresh and ready to go."
In Saturday's four lap qualifying effort, Hornborg tuned the quickest time of the first group of drivers but would fall to fifth by the time the second group had concluded. Setting himself up for an inside row three starting position, Hornborg would race hard with a variety of different chassis and engine combinations but managed to hold station in the short heat race to claim another fifth place result. Gaining one position at the drop of the green flag in the final, Hornborg drove a consistent race and was uncontested for his position. Unable to challenge for a podium result, the Ocala Gran Prix driver drove a smart race to come home in the fourth position.
Back to the track on Sunday, Hornborg would see battle in the single engine Rotax Junior category and showed his speed from the very first session as he topped the warm-up times of the drivers utilizing the spec Mojo tires. Hoping to continue his momentum throughout the day, Hornborg turned the second quickest lap in the morning qualifying session and continued his second place run with an outstanding drive in the heat race.
Battling with a trio of drivers, Hornborg showed that he has the skills and experience to make bold and late braking moves as he and a pair of competitors swapped positions throughout the event. When the final checkered flag had flown, Hornborg would cross the stripe in second.
Hoping to get a good start in the main event, Hornborg quickly slotted into the second position and chased the leader for the opening few laps. Falling back slightly by lap five, Hornborg had gained enough of a gap on his fellow rivals to settle into a rhythm. Never challenged throughout the race, the Tony Kart pilot would claim the second step of the podium as well as the second fastest lap of the race.
Hornborg continued, "It was great to come back on Sunday and have a solid run. This helps me a lot in the overall point standings and I am looking forward to the next round in three weeks."
While younger brother Mikey was trackside, he has yet to receive clearance to race after suffering a broken wrist at the second round of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. Hoping to be back behind the wheel in two weeks at the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge event at Ocala Gran Prix, Mikey is eager and ready to compete.
For more information on Team Hornborg Racing, please contact Mike Hornborg at 813.220.5993 or via e-mail to MikeHornborg@Verizon.net.
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