Challenging Croft Ginetta Junior Weekend For Jamie Caroline and Matt Chapman

inetta Junior Championship rookies Jamie Caroline and Matt Chapman each encountered varying degrees of misfortune at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend, 28th/29th June, but the Total Control Racing team-mates were still able to post some important points finishes.Lining up seventh on the grid for his first race at Croft, category race winner Caroline hoped to mount a strong challenge for the podium in round nine on Saturday afternoon but his race was over at the start when the driveshaft failed. Fortunately, the TCR racer’s Ginetta G40 wasn’t collected by the cars streaming past and was pushed into the pitlane into retirement.Chapman, starting the race in 14th position, put together a good first lap to move into the top 12 and remained there into the closing stages. Gaining another place on lap seven, when Brazilian rookie Pedro Cardoso retired, Chapman climbed into the coveted top 10 on the final tour despite having problems with straight-line speed.With his engine’s lack of power continuing to limit his pace in round 10 on Sunday, Chapman had to work double-hard to try and make gains but he was into the top 12 from 14th on the grid midway through lap two and then moved up into 10th place on lap four. Although slipping back to 13th spot on the sixth tour, Chapman made his way back into 12th position on the last lap.Caroline, meanwhile, more than made amends for the disappointment of race one with a blistering start to Sunday afternoon’s encounter. Scything his way through from seventh position into the top four, the teenager piled on the pressure to the cars ahead and grabbed third place on lap three.Bitter disappointment followed, however, costing Caroline the chance of an almost certain podium finish – after clipping the tyre stack at the Jim Clark Esses, the steering of his Ginetta G40 was pretty much ruined and he worked miracles to even get the car to the chequered flag. Somehow able to cling on to a top eight result, Caroline once again confirmed his front-running credentials.“We knew we’d be strong in the second race if we didn’t have any damage or anything like that, unfortunately though Jamie clipped the tyres round the back at the Jim Clark Esses and that completely bent the steering”, explained TCR team principal Lee Brookes, “It was unbelievable he was able to finish the race at all, the steering was all over the place – he drove a mega race.“We’ve struggled all weekend with Matt’s engine, he’s down on straight-line speed and we can see that on the data so that’s got to be looked into. Considering the problems he’s had through the weekend with that, though, he did a really good job.”Snetterton in Norfolk will host rounds 11 and 12 of the Ginetta Junior Championship some five weeks from now on 2nd/3rd August. In the meantime, TCR will be back in action with its Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge squad at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Friday, 11th July, and Saturday, 12th July.Provisional 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd10):7th Jamie Caroline, 153pts; 14th Matt Chapman, 88ptsProvisional 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship Team Standings (after Rd10):4th Total Control Racing, 241pts