Ninth podium of 2012 for Robinson at challenging Croft

Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge title contender Mike Robinson managed to secure his ninth podium of the season during round 11 at Cadwell Park on Sunday, 22nd July, despite a contact-filled weekend at the wheel of his Total Control Racing prepared Ginetta G40.Arriving at the demanding Lincolnshire track second in the championship standings, the 29-year-old was on the pace from the off and should have closed-up on series leader Sean Huyton but he was robbed of an almost guaranteed victory in round 10 when punted out of the lead on the last lap.Even so, Robinson still managed to conclude the event within 25 points of the top of the table thanks to fifth place in round 10, second position in round 11 and a very hard-earned seventh place in round 12having battled through from stone last when shunted wide at the first corner.Mike had the pace all weekend, he was really quick in qualifying and the win was his in the first race until he was taken out at the last corner, said the Wednesbury teams boss Lee Brookes, Second in race two was a good result, Mike was all over [Sean] Huyton, but the third race was a frustrating one as he was shoved off on the grass at the first corner. He did a great job to come through though.Missing out on the round 10 pole position by a mere 0.053 seconds, so good was Robinsons consistency in qualifying he secured top spot on the grid for round 11 with a second best time 0.1 seconds faster than title rival Huyton.Running in second place initially in the first of Sundays outings, Robinson grabbed the lead on lap nine and was all set for win number four of 2012 when Ryan Ratcliffe made contact at the final turn and pitched the TCR car into a spin. Recovering to fifth place, Robinson was later promoted to fourth after a penalty was applied to Ratcliffe for gaining an unfair advantage.Starting round 11 from pole position, the Effingham driver unfortunately slipped to second but harried race leader Huyton for the duration with never more than a fraction between them. Posting the fastest lap of the race on the eighth tour, Robinson tried everything he could but had to settle for the runner-up spot just 0.3 seconds shy at the finish.Beginning the third of the weekends races, round 12, from second place as per his finishing position in the previous encounter, the TCR racer was unceremoniously shunted off the track and across the grass at the first corner. Rejoining the circuit in last place, Robinson mounted a sensational recovery and worked his way into seventh place to salvage some important championship points.Already up into seventh at the halfway point of the race, the Surrey driver had almost 20 seconds to make up to the top six but over the final six laps he halved the gap with some sensational lapsjust missing out on the fastest of the race by less than 0.1 seconds.Total Control Racing will be back in action just a fortnight from now, on 4th/5th August, at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge. One week later, the team will return to the East Anglia track for the resumption of its AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup and Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup campaigns.Provisional 2012 Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 ChallengeG40 Challenge Standings (after Rd12):1st Sean Huyton, 367pts; 2nd Mike Robinson, 342pt

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