"Alex moves to the Senior ranks while Mikey becomes a Junior"
Article By: Race Tech Development
September 11, 2012 - Looking to make waves in their new racing
divisions, Alex and Mikey Hornborg would each
move up a class after the recently completed United States Rotax Grand Nationals in South Bend, Indiana. Wanting to get acquainted to their new class, speeds, drivers and competition right away, the Hornborg duo wasted no time as Alex would see action in Rotax Senior and Mikey in Rotax Junior, only two weeks after arriving home from Indiana.
Debuting in their new classes at the Ocala Gran Prix Fall Series Race #1, Alex instantly made an impact in the Rotax Senior ranks by taking the pole position against a stout field of drivers. Working with tuner Gary Carlton, Hornborg completed a few days of testing before taking his talents to the track in wheel-to-wheel action.
Qualifying on the pole position in his debut, Alex quickly showed his speed by taking the win in the prefinal and scoring the pole position for the main event. Looking to sweep the day's action, Alex would succumb to the aggressiveness of the Senior drivers in his first event in the class as he was shoved out wide in the opening circuits. Battling hard throughout the main event, the eldest Hornborg would cross the line in the seventh position.
Younger brother Mikey would also see action in a new class, as he would make the big jump from Mini Max to the Rotax Junior ranks. Now on a full-size chassis and competing in one of the most competitive classes in North America, Mikey would look to gain experience as he gets up to speed in the latter half of 2012.
With a field of twenty competitors, Mikey performed well by running mid-pack throughout the race weekend. With contact at the start of the prefinal, Mikey would finish well down the running order but proved that he had the necessary speed, running times comparative to drivers inside the top ten. Starting the main event near the tail of the field, Mikey would work hard to get past some slower competitors but would lose touch of the front of the field.
"This was a great debut weekend for my brother and me," explained Alex. "Even though we both didn't get the results that we had hoped for, it was good to get some experience in the new classes. We will work hard for the remainder of the 2012 racing season to ensure that we are ready for the start of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour."
With no time off, Alex and Mikey would be back at the track less than five days later to do battle during the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS) charity race weekend. With a day of testing on Friday complete, a fun day on Saturday with charity activities, rental kart races in the annual series awards banquet, Sunday would see the drivers return to the seats of their race karts for the final FKCS event of the weekend.
Progressing through the morning warm-ups and qualifying sessions, Alex would have a decent Rotax Senior prefinal race running with the lead quartet and finishing fifth after qualifying in the second position. With the main event all that was left, Alex would vie for a podium result but would run into trouble during the Le Mans style start when his engine would not fire. After fixing the issue and finally getting up to speed, Alex would go to work to come home tenth. In his first two events as a Rotax Senior driver, the eldest Hornborg has begun to show what it takes to be a contender for race wins and championships in the very near future.
Mikey would struggle slightly in his morning qualifying effort but turned up the wick in the afternoon when wheel-to-wheel action commenced. After falling victim to a first lap incident in the prefinal and finishing well down the running order, the heavens would open Sunday afternoon bringing heavy rain to the Ocala area before the start of the Rotax Junior main event. Excited about another race in the rain, Mikey would keep all four wheels on the track and move forward throughout the event. Taking the checkers in the ninth position en route to the fifth fastest lap of the race, the up and coming driver will now set his sights on the next race in the schedule.
"Both Alex and Mikey are off to great starts in their new classes," expressed Mike Hornborg, a proud father to the pair. "I am confident that both of them will challenge for race wins and podiums at the remaining events in 2012 and onwards into 2013."
With one weekend off from official competition, both Alex and Mikey will return back to their seats for the next Ocala Gran Prix local race on September 22, 2012. With the second and fourth races in the five event series running under the lights in Ocala, the Hornborg duo is excited about the opportunity for night races in the coming weeks.
For more information on Team Hornborg Racing, please contact Mike Hornborg at 813.220.5993 or via e-mail to MikeHornborg@Verizon.net . Please 'Like' the Alex Hornborg Racing and Mikey Hornborg Racing Facebook fan pages to stay up-to-date with news, information and media releases on these upcoming drivers.
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