Title Challenger Robertson Eyeing Thruxton Ginetta Junior Success

Teenage motor racing star Charlie Robertson is aiming to kick-start his season with his second win of the year when rounds five and six of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship take place at Thruxton in Hampshire this coming weekend, 28th/29th April.Arriving at the fastest track on the calendar fourth in the driver standings after a robust and highly contentious event at Donington Park last time out, the 15-year-old from Whyteleafe in Surrey is determined to secure two podium finishes at least as he bids to close the championship gap.So far this year, Ginetta Junior has certainly seen some close action but it has also been a little too close for comfort on several occasions – not least round four at Donington where Charlie was fired-off the circuit and into an unceremonious retirement at the foot of Craner Curves.The resulting non-score, added to a problematic opening round at Brands Hatch where a puncture robbed the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-backed racer of a potential victory, means Charlie is more focused than ever to repair the damage and assert himself as the driver to beat at Thruxton.“I can’t wait to be back in the car at Thruxton”, said the MSA Academy youngster, “After the way the weekend at Donington ended, I’m determined to get two podiums at least next weekend but I’m hoping we’ll be able to try and fight for both wins. I know I’m driving well and the car has been great, we’ve just been really unlucky with the puncture at Brands and then being taken off at Donington.”Bouncing back from the round one tyre troubles to salvage a top 12 finish and to also secure a bonus point for breaking his own Brands Hatch Indy Circuit lap record, Charlie went on to deliver a faultless lights-to-flag victory in round two at the wheel of his HHC Motorsport Ginetta G40.At Donington Park, the Caterham School pupil thankfully avoided being involved in a serious, multi-car collision at Coppice in round three and was actually leading the race when the action was rightfully red flagged due to the incident. On count-back though, Charlie was actually classified in second place so frustratingly missed out on win number two of the season.In the battle for a podium finish in the second Donington encounter, Charlie was bundled back to the lower order of the top 10 on lap four at the chicane following contact with Niall Murray. Four laps later, the Irish driver piled into the back of Charlie’s car under braking for the Old Hairpin – sending the HHC star into an immediate, high-speed retirement in the gravel trap.“I was really angry and quite shaken-up after the second race at Donington”, said Charlie, “There was no need for what happened at all but that’s in the past now, I’m just focusing 100 per cent on being quick in qualifying at Thruxton and then trying to win both races. We’ve got 32 points to make up in the championship so I really need a consistently strong weekend. I know we can achieve that.”Thruxton free practice for the Ginetta Junior drivers will take place at 11.00 on Saturday, 28th April, with qualifying set to follow at 14.00 and round five scheduled to get underway at 17.10. On Sunday, 29th April, round six of the campaign will start at 13.35 and will be screened live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4, on ITV4 HD and with online streaming at itv.com/btcc2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd4):4th Charlie Robertson, 70pts

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