Charlie Robertson dominated proceedings in the Ginetta Junior Championship at Croft, taking his first ever pole positions, before securing his maiden car racing win in Round Ten. Robertson, who is now widely believed to be the youngest ever winner of a car race in the UK, is now up to third in the championship standings after the most successful weekend so far of his short career.
A comfortable top five performance in Friday testing set HHC Motorsport's Robertson up for a stunning performance on Saturday. Dominating the wet free practice session by almost 0.7 seconds, the Caterham School pupil went on to claim pole positions for both races.
Race one saw Charlie have to settle for second place heading into the first corner, with slight contact slowing him down and allowing the leader George Gamble to pull 1.6 seconds clear. The Surrey teenager got his head down and closed up Gamble, while also shaking off a challenge from championship leader Seb Morris. On the final lap, a stunning move at the Jim Clark Esses saw Charlie take the lead, but an unfortunate spin at the next bend saw him drop back to second. His pace was proved as he came away with a new circuit record for the Ginetta G40's.
Charlie produced a good start again in race two, but once again had to settle for second place as Tom Howard swept past on the outside. Pressuring the leader over the first half of the race, Charlie made his move on lap five at Tower Bend to steal the lead. From them on, he controlled the race and held his nerve to record his maiden Ginetta Junior win.
Charlie concluded: “I didn't think Tom (Howard) would be there at the start, I thought I had the lead into the first corner and then I saw he was there coming round the outside.I decided to just tuck in behind him and try and catch him throughout the race which we did, it all worked out perfectly.
“This has been my ultimate goal as the year has gone on. We've been building up to it, we've had a few second places, but now we've taken the first win so I'm really happy. The car has been really, really good all weekend so a big thank you to the team for that.”