HHC Motorsport celebrates second win of Ginetta Junior season
Robertson wins for HHC MotorsportHHC Motorsport is celebrating a second win of the Ginetta Junior season after Charlie Robertson took a mighty win at Rockingham, Northamptonshire, yesterday.Caterham-based Charlie, one of the three drivers in the HHC Motorsport team, qualified on pole position for both races but suffered early contact with rival Brad Bailey in race one that caused him to drop to last place in the 15-car field. Charlie charged through the pack and was ninth at the end of the 11-lap race with the consolation of having taken the fastest lap of the race, proof of his pace. Not only did Charlie set the best lap of the race, but it was a new lap record, his fourth of the season. Better news came post-race, however, as Bailey was penalised one second for gaining an unfair advantage and Robertson was promoted to eighth place.Charlie ran second in race two behind reigning Irish Ginetta Junior Champion Niall Murray, but a superb move at Brook on lap three put Charlie into a lead he was never to lose. Despite Murray retaliating, Charlie soaked up the pressure for his second win of the season.“It’s a really good result for me and the team,” said Charlie. “I just managed to hold Niall off over the last few laps. That was the biggest thing on my mind as he was pretty close. We had the pace to win though, the car felt really good and I really like the track as Rockingham is one of my favourites.”Team-mates Myles Collins and Patrick McClughan also took solid results. Myles qualified seventh for both races while Patrick took 13th for both grids. In race one, Myles was a victim of early contact, which caused his bonnet to flap and in turn restrict his visibility. A remarkable effort allowed Myles to secure fifth place, just eight-tenths of a second behind Max Coates. Patrick, meanwhile, battled hard to move up to seventh place and proved his ability to work his way through traffic.Myles ran third for much of the second race, but was then muscled aside on the last lap by Sennan Fielding. As Myles tried to recover, he lost momentum and was passed by Seb Morris and George Gamble as well, but he battled to the line in sixth place. Patrick, meanwhile, fought his way up into 10th place as he proved to be one of the drivers to watch in his efforts to gain places.HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Kemp said: “We’ve had a really good weekend and a win is the icing on the cake. Charlie was unlucky in race one, but two poles, a win and a fastest lap make it a really good weekend on his Rockingham debut. That also helps Charlie In the championship and we are all working hard to ensure he is runner-up with just four races to go. Myles underlined his pace once more and it is pleasing to see that his decision to switch teams and to join HHC is paying dividends. Race two disappointed him, I know, but he has showed his speed and this means a podium is not a case of if, but a case of when. Patrick also did a cracking job of wriggling through the mid-field battles to gain places and keep out of trouble at the same time which isn’t easy in one-make racing.”The next stop for HHC Motorsport is Donington Park this weekend in the Ginetta Challenge.