Charlie Robertson Seals 3rd Win Of Year

Racecar customer at 14 years old scores his 3rd win of the year at Brands GP round of Ginetta Juniors - safe to say he looks like a very promising prospect for the future...

Charlie Robertson took his most hard-fought victory of the Ginetta Junior Championship season at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit this afternoon, Sunday, 2nd October, with a superb performance on his first ever race weekend at the demanding 2.3-mile track.In absolutely baking hot conditions, the 14-year-old chalked up his third win of the campaign in round 18 thanks to an outstanding final lap where he soaked up immense pressure from second year driver, and newly crowned champion, Seb Morris.Serving up a sensational grandstand finish for the tens of thousands of spectators in attendance, and the live ITV4 television audience, Charlie took his podium tally for the season to eight and also moved into a clear second position in the championship standings with just two rounds remaining.“I think that could be my best win yet”, said the Caterham School pupil, “I dropped back at the start and really had to work for it. I’ve never been in a situation on the last lap where someone has been so close to me and pressuring me so much, that definitely makes the win so much sweeter. “It was really hot in the car and such hard work but really good too, it’s a great result for us. We’ve made second in the championship more secure, especially with George (Gamble) not finishing today, and I think this win shows I can be a real contender for next year.”Lining-up for round 18 in third position, Charlie’s hopes were given a boost just prior to the start when pole-sitter George Gamble was unable to take up his position. Unfortunately bundled back to fourth place at the start, Charlie did at least manage to avoid problems on a chaotic first lap which saw contact for several of the front-running cars.Entering lap two still in fourth position, the HHC Motorsport driver moved into third ahead of Jake Giddings at Druids Hairpin before pressuring Brad Bailey for second. On lap three though, again at Druids, Charlie was hung out to dry by Giddings who re-took third place, although he did manage to fend off Morris to keep fourth.Getting a great run out of Paddock Hill Bend to retake third from Giddings on lap four, Charlie set about closing down the top two and by the sixth tour he was right with them. Then came the game changing moment for the Surrey teenager on lap seven – team-mate Myles Collins spun on the exit of Paddock Hill while under pressure from Bailey and Charlie surged past both to grab the lead.With Morris having moved through to second, into the eighth and final lap there was nothing between the two leaders – just 0.1 seconds to be precise. Placed under incredible pressure, Charlie drove perfectly to withstand the attention and didn’t offer any opening as he held his line and raced to the chequered flag 0.181 seconds clear to notch-up victory number three.Round 17 on Saturday, 1st October, wasn’t quite as fruitful for the HHC driver but fourth place after a fantastic recovery did bag a very healthy haul of championship points. Having qualified on the second row of the grid, Charlie was unable to get away with the lead bunch when he was forced wide out of Druids on the opening lap and then tagged by Declan Jones at Graham Hill Bend.Recovering at the tail of the top 10, he mounted a strong fightback and by lap five he was into the top six. Rapidly closing down the cars ahead, on lap eight Charlie moved into fourth and piled on the pressure to Max Coates over the final lap and a half before taking the flag less than 0.2 seconds shy of the podium to cap a superb drive.Although having made his car racing debut at Brands Hatch’s shorter Indy Circuit configuration earlier in the year, Charlie hadn’t competed on the full GP track prior to this weekend’s action so his performance was all the more noteworthy.The youngster’s debut season of car racing will come to a conclusion a fortnight from now, over the weekend 15th/16th October, at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire. Provisional 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd18 – inc. drop scores):Champion: Seb Morris, 515pts; 2nd Charlie Robertson, 393pts

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