HHC Motorsport came away from the new Snetterton 300 circuit with points and podium finishes in the Ginetta Junior Championship at the weekend.
Once again, 14-year-old Charlie Robertson starred by taking pole position for the opening race and by scoring the extra bonus point for the fastest race lap. Caterham School pupil Charlie made a good start from pole position for the opening race but ran wide and was pushed down to third place by Seb Morris and George Gamble. When Gamble spun, Charlie took second spot and chased down leader Morris with the cars racing to the finish line together. Morris maintained his advantage but Charlie was a fighting second, just a tenth of a second behind at flagfall.
Race two wasn’t as kind to Charlie although a win was a real possibility. The HHC Motorsport-run car battled with Gamble and Morris for the race lead and Charlie made his move on Gamble heading into the Esses for the final time. Charlie was ahead on the inside but was forced on to the outside line for the second element and, after contact, dropped to fourth place, just over a second from race-winner Morris. It means Charlie lies third in the championship.
Team-mates Patrick McClughan and Mikey Day had mixed weekends. Paddy lost ground at the start of the first race and then found himself stuck in traffic for the duration of the six-lap race, the first time the Ginetta Junior runners had raced on the new-look circuit. Paddy went better in race two as he battled his way up to 14th, but by being involved with traffic again, the result wasn’t a true reflection of McClughan’s pace.
Mikey Day was an unfortunate victim of the Recticel barriers at Williams corner in the opening race and having glanced one, he was an early retirement. Sadly, the damage affected Mikey in race two and he valiantly battled his way to 16th place.
HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Kemp said: “Once again, it is a weekend in which we have proved how competitive we are. To win at Croft, our home circuit, was fantastic but to go to a fresh circuit and prove our pace there is a great achievement. Having one driver third in the championship in his rookie season is excellent news and we are looking forward to taking more podium finishes and race wins before the end of the season.”