Jordan Gronkowski is relieved to have ended a long-running podium drought, only missing out on a first Scottish FF1600 win of the season at Knockhill by 0.385s to Ross Martin.
The Van Diemen driver started the opening race of the David Leslie Trophy weekend alongside eventual race winner Martin and looked to have more pace than the reigning Scottish FF1600 champion in the closing stages.
Gronkowski came into the weekend lying sixth in the points standings after two costly retirements in prior rounds, the last forcing him out of race two in the July round.
“It’s fantastic to be back on the podium again, but the main thing for me was the pace,” said Gronkowski, who claimed only his second podium of the year.
“The car was really difficult to drive in qualifying, I wasn’t happy with how it was handling.
“But we made some changes and the car is back to where it should be. It’s just nice to battling at the front, for the lead and to be back on the podium.”
Gronkowski got off the line well at the start but was no match for Martin, who leapt away to an early lead. But Gronkowski managed to keep with points leader Martin without launching a serious attack.
“At the start, I saw that Seb got a good start so I was wary of him. I didn’t push him [Martin] too hard in the early laps and just focused on getting a gap to the others,” Gronkowski added.
“Then it became obvious he was struggling more and more so I started to pressurise him.
“But he’s a great driver and he puts his car in the right places, that’s why he’s the champion. But it was a good battle.”
“You’re never going to do that unless the guy is willing to give you the place, and he wasn’t!”