Graduate Cup win for Hornby at Oulton Park

Kyle Hornby, Renault UK Clio Cup, Oulton Park

It was yet another eventful outing for Kyle Hornby in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Oulton Park, but following more improvements the Stockport racer left his ‘home’ track with a Graduate Cup win in the second race of the weekend.

Qualifying in the wet for the first time at the wheel of his PKW Properties sponsored Clio Renault Sport, Hornby placed his car disappointingly 15th and 17th on the grid for the double-header at the Cheshire track.

As the 19-car grid set off on the opening lap, Hornby stayed out of the ensuing trouble ahead, benefiting by no less than six places, the Hazel Grove youngster holding off race winner James Dorlin, despite being hampered by damaged suspension, until lap six.

Hornby eventually brought his Ryley Wealth Management-backed Clio home in tenth.

Kyle Hornby, Renault UK Clio Cup, Oulton Park
Kyle Hornby with his Graduate Cup winners trophy (

A much shortened affair for race two, following an incident involving Dorlin and Nathan Harrison at Oulton’s first corner, meant the red flags flew so that marshals and circuit staff could repair the barriers and clear debris.

After a lengthy delay, they got under way once more, Hornby promoted to 11th from 15th after just one tour.

One lap later and with Kyle chasing down Luke Reade, the red flags were out once more, this time it was Jack McCarthy who had rolled at the fast Druids corner.

The result provisionally handed Kyle second in the Graduate Cup, behind Shayne Deegan, and ninth overall.

Later on that evening the stewards chose to exclude Deegan for his part in the Druids incident, handing Hornby his first Graduate Cup win in the UK Clio Cup.

Kyle Hornby, Renault UK Clio Cup, Oulton Park
Kyle Hornby in action at Oulton Park (

Hornby said: “We’re constantly aiming for top ten, and we got two top-ten finishes. And to top it off we got the Graduates Cup too.

“I’m still learning how the car feels and it’s also my first time in the wet in qualifying. It’s probably the best weekend for experience in different weather conditions, I’m starting to get used to the warming up of the car and the tyres at the start, and also my starts as I’ve not been great off the line.”


The Renault UK Clio Cup continues as they head to Croft in North Yorkshire on the June 10 and 11.

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