HHC Motorsport took a third win of the Ginetta Junior Championship season at Brands Hatch yesterday after a fine performance by Charlie Robertson. The win made up for disappointment in race one when Charlie was tagged into a lurid slide on the opening lap.
Charlie’s win came from third on the grid but he lost ground at the start and was bundled back into fourth place. He charged back into contention and moved past Jake Giddings for third at Druids on lap two and then he overtook Brad Bailey for second. A lap later, Giddings and Bailey moved back ahead of Charlie, but the Caterham-based school pupil powered back into contention and when his race-leading team-mate Myles Collins spun when under pressure from Bailey, Charlie nipped past the pair to grab the lead.
Charlie then had to withstand pressure from newly-crowned champion Seb Morris, which he did in fine style to win by 0.181 seconds.
Myles qualified fifth for the second race of the weekend and drove excellently to lead for the first time this season, but a tiny slip when under pressure for a maiden win dropped him to seventh place while Patrick McClughan was unlucky to be the victim of contact with Seb Morris. Patrick showed greatly impressive form, and was a contender for a podium finish in his most impressive performance season of the season. Sadly, the incident cost Patrick valuable places and although he fought back, his excellent pace bore little reward and he lost out due to a technical infringement. He had raced well on Saturday to secure eighth place after a typically gutsy performance from 12th on the grid.
Poor Myles was a victim of dramas on the first lap of the race and was a retirement. Charlie, meanwhile, was the victim of contact on the opening lap and had a huge slide at Graham Hill Bend and fell way down the field. His recovery to fourth was a highlight of the race, although he narrowly missed out on a podium finish by just over a tenth of a second.
HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Kemp said: “It has been a really good weekend for us where we have taken another win with Charlie and shown great speed with Myles who was unlucky in race two, while Paddy was very impressive and it was great to see all three drivers being so competitive over the weekend as all of them were genuine contenders for a podium finish in race two. The Ginetta Junior Championship is a great learning zone for young drivers and it is very rewarding to see the progress that Charlie, Myles and Paddy have all made since joining HHC Motorsport. They are all fast, all good overtakers and have all found a turn of speed compared to where they were at the start of the year.”