The 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship’s enthralling three-way title battle will come to a conclusion this weekend in the final rounds at Brands Hatch.
Charlie Robertson holds the advantage heading to Brands, with the young Scotsman enjoying a 25 point cushion to his nearest rival Sennan Fielding when dropped scores and penalty points are taken into consideration, with Niall Murray 15 points further behind.
Robertson is without doubt the man in form in the series, having taken the six pole positions in a row and six podiums, including three wins, in the last seven races, meaning he is the clear favourite to secure the title at Brands.
The last race gave hope to his rivals though, with the 15 year old suffering an untimely retirement after contact. Both Murray and Fielding capitalised on it to claw back some points with third and fourth place finishes respectively, however contact between them in the opening race proved to be a setback for both in their hunt for the title.
With a 25 point lead heading into the meeting, a pair of thirds will be enough to secure Robertson the title no matter what. If Fielding can win both races, he’d need Robertson to finish outside the top four in both to take the crown, while Murray realistically needs Robertson to hit trouble if he is to secure a now unlikely title win.
Benefitting from the title rivals troubles at Silverstone to secure the race wins were Andrew Watson and Pepe Massot. For Irishman Watson, it was a first ever victory in the championship, while it was Spaniard Massot’s second of the season, with both now heading to Brands desperate to add to their tally before the season ends.
Three other drivers looking to challenge for the final race wins of the year are three rookies who have enjoyed strong maiden campaigns. Harry Woodhead will be looking to add a race win to his four podiums so far as he looks to challenge for a top five championship finish, Keith Donegan will be looking to cap off a consistent first season with a second ever podium, while Oliver Basey-Fisher will be hoping a return to Brands will see a return to the podium, having secured his only top three finish to date on the opening weekend in Kent.
There’s one new addition to the grid for the final rounds, with Scotsman Aiden Moffat joining the RPM squad alongside Elliot Paterson for the weekend.