Charlie Robertson Wins Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Title In Style‏

Charlie Robertson made history at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 11th/12th October, by becoming the first driver to win the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup title in his rookie season as well as being the youngest ever series champion – the Scottish teenager sealing the championship in style with one race to spare before going on to end the year with a superb victory in the final round.Arriving at his ‘home’ track with a healthy lead at the top of the standings, the Whyteleafe racer secured his 18th podium finish of the season in round 25 on Saturday afternoon in tricky, slippery conditions before going on to make it 19 rostrum visits for the year in round 26 later in the day.In doing so, Charlie made sure of the title ahead of the televised finale on Sunday but in the third and final race of the weekend he signed off 2014 perfectly with a tremendous win at the wheel of his blue and white Investigo and Blackstar liveried Ginetta G55.Taking his season tally of victories to eight, the 17-year-old ends a fabulous campaign with a total of 20 podiums from 27 races. So impressive has the second half of the campaign been, Charlie won the title some 84 points clear of his closest challenger.“It’s amazing, the perfect end to a perfect season – I’m over the moon really”, said the elated HHC Motorsport driver, “It’s been a long season, we’ve worked very hard and it’s even sweeter as it’s my, and the team’s, first year in the championship. Nobody has ever won this title in their first year, so it really is fantastic.“Wrapping-up the title on Saturday was our target going into the weekend, it wasn’t really our target at the start of the season, though, as we didn’t know what to expect. It’s been an amazing year and I’ve got to say a massive thank you to everyone at HHC, they’ve given me an incredible car, and a huge thank you to my fantastic sponsors. It really has been a perfect year for all of us.”Beginning race one from sixth on the grid, Charlie made sure he stayed out of trouble through the first couple of corners – with conditions particularly slippery from earlier rain – and then started to make progress. Moving into fifth place just before the end of the opening lap, the race then took a dramatic turn when title rival Carl Breeze slowed, elevating Charlie into the top four.After a brief Safety Car period, required after an excursion for Carl Boardley, Charlie made a terrific re-start and produced a sensational pass on HHC team-mate Jamie Orton into Paddock Hill Bend to grab third position. Staying there for the remainder of the encounter, the MSA Academy driver extended his points lead to make clinching the title almost a formality in round 26.Lining-up third on the grid, as per his finishing position from the previous contest, the Scottish teenager maintained his place off the start and delivered a controlled and sensible race to claim podium number 19 and, with it, the coveted championship crown.Starting the dry final race from second on the grid, Charlie made a fantastic start to rocket into the lead. Racing fell under caution almost immediately due to an excursion for Breeze at Paddock Hill Bend but after a couple of laps the action resumed. Although under pressure throughout, Charlie produced a textbook performance to fittingly end the year back on the top step of the podium.“I said I wanted it to be dry for the final round”, reflected Charlie, “I knew, starting second on the grid, the opportunity to try and win and really end the season in style would present itself. I made a good start and then it was a case of controlling everything. It’s great to end the season with a win.“We’re looking to next year now and we’re trying to put something big, and very promising for my career, together. We can’t say anything just yet, but hopefully we can confirm what we’ll be doing next soon.”Final 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Driver Standings:CHAMPION: Charlie Robertson, 710pts

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