Gronkowski “felt like Valtteri Bottas” after Scottish success

Scottish Formula Ford driver Jordan Gronkowski said he “felt like Valtteri Bottas” after claiming pole position, both race wins and both fastest laps in last weekend’s season opening round.

Gronkowski was in irresistible form around a wet Knockhill, claiming pole position by nine tenths of a second and going on to win both races by over seven seconds from Jamie Thorburn.

“I felt like Valtteri Bottas, pushing for all 26 points [in the Australian Grand Prix],” Gronkowski told FF1600website.

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better weekend. I can’t thank my dad enough for the work he’s done with the car over the winter, the car felt like it was on rails it has just felt fantastic. It still hasn’t quite sunk in to be honest.”

Gronkowski’s victories were his first since 2017, with Ross Martin monopolising the top step of the podium last year on the way to the title.

The Aberdeen-based driver didn’t have it all his own way though, as he lost the lead briefly in race two and had to reclaim it with a round the outside move on Thorburn at the circuit’s hairpin.

“In the first race I actually bogged down off the line but there [in race two] I had too much wheelspin, so I lost out to Jamie [Thorburn],” he said.

“I saw a chance at the hairpin and just went for it, fair play to him for not taking me out as lesser drivers may have. It’s been fantastic to race with such quality drivers this weekend.”

Gronkowski’s maximum points haul puts him in an ever better stead for the title as Thorburn is unlikely to regularly reappear in the championship, meaning there is a 20-point gap between the championship leader and third placed man Kenny Cowie.

“Obviously it is impossible for us to have started the season any better than we have so it feels fantastic to be winning again after a year off the top step.

“Let’s see what we can do in the next rounds.”

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