Dream day at Thruxton for HHC Motorsport
HHC Motorsport is celebrating a perfect weekend at Thruxton with Charlie Robertson taking two wins, two pole positions and two fastest laps in the pair of Ginetta Junior Championship races.Robertson qualified on pole for the opening race and shone as he pulled clear to win the 11-lap race by a massive margin of over 10 seconds from his nearest rival, Niall Murray. Robertson also took the fastest lap of the race. Team-mate Will Palmer qualified seventh, but was one of the stars of the race as he battled his way up to fourth on his debut at the fastest circuit on the Ginetta Junior calendar, while Thruxton rookie Tom Jackson qualified 12th and battled up to 10th at the end of the opening race. Race two was hugely challenging for the drivers, as it ran in appallingly wet conditions. From a safety car start, Charlie bolted away from the pack to lead throughout and never gave up trying, as he attacked the kerbs in his quest to build a gap over Niall Murray. Never headed in the nine-lap race, Charlie set the fastest lap as he maintained his advantage over the Irishman to take his third win of the season and to be the only driver in the championship to win both races at one event in 2012. Will slithered into the side of Sennan Fielding’s car on the opening lap for which he was penalised two seconds for gaining an unfair advantage and dropped the Southwater-based driver to seventh place, while Tom Jackson kept a cool head in his first wet race to take 12th place and gain valuable experience. HHC Motorsport boss Charlie Kemp said: “This is a great way to bounce back from our disappointments at Donington. The weather today was horrible and all the guys brought back their cars without drama. Charlie drove really well and never let his concentration slip. To master the conditions as well as he did shows real star quality. Will was unlucky to be penalised for tagging another car on the opening lap which was inevitable in the wet and slippery conditions, but again he proved his pace is good and it won’t be long before he is a podium finisher. Tom did a solid job, learning about a daunting circuit and ghastly weather and he did what we needed, which was to bring home the car and gain experience.”Robertson’s wins give him a five-point championship lead heading to Oulton Park on June 9/10, while Tom lies 11th in the title race and Will 13th after the first six rounds.