Robertson Crowns Champion Year With Final Win


Charlie Robertson sealed his 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship in style with victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch, while David Pittard snatched the vice-champion spot from Carl Breeze.

The key talking point of the race was the battle for second in the championship, with Breeze having seen his advantage to Pittard slip to just five points heading into race three.

Breeze started the race five places behind his adversary, meaning it would be a tough ask from the off, but his challenge only lasted one corner as contact at Paddock Hill Bend sent him spinning into the gravel trap and out of the race.

This meant Pittard only needed a competitive finish to take the spot, but the SV Racing ace was still determined to end his year with a win, as it showed when a forceful move on Andrew Watson at Surtees on lap one gave him third.

After passing pole-sitter Tom Oliphant for second at Paddock Hill on lap five, Pittard briefly closed on race-leader Robertson, who himself had taken the lead from Oliphant thanks to a quick start off the line.

Robertson was able to maintain his gap though and went on to take his eighth victory of the season by over half a second, with Pittard crossing the line second on the road. Post-race he was handed a twenty second penalty though for his contact with Watson to demote him seventh, but it was still enough to take the runners-up spot in the points.

“It was a massively tall ask heading into the weekend to take second in the points, but we put ourselves in the position to do it and I’m ecstatic,” Pittard told TCF.

Oliphant therefore took second, having had a relatively lonely run to third at the flag, while Pittard’s penalty gave his SV Racing team-mate for the weekend Declan Jones a podium finish on his first outing in the category for nearly two years.

Carl Boardley had run in the top four for the first half of the race until a spin into the gravel at Sheene ended his race, promoting Luke Davenport into an eventual fourth place finish ahead of Dennis Strandberg, with Watson rounding out the top six ahead of Pittard.

Tom Wrigley capped off a strong debut outing with eighth, while a good battle between Fergus Walkinshaw and Tom Howard eventually went the way of the latter after Walkinshaw was handed a five second penalty for exceeding the track limits, those two completing the top ten.

Dan Norris-Jones finished up eleventh ahead of AM class winners Steve Fresle and Fraser Robertson, Fresle taking the class win for the first time on his debut weekend after Paul McNeilly pulled off on the opening lap with mechanical problems.

Full race results can be found here.