Watson Doubles Up As Robertson Takes Title


Andrew Watson made it two wins from two races around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in the penultimate round of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, a race which saw Charlie Robertson wrap up the championship title with his second podium finish of the day.

Watson started the race from pole position thanks to his victory earlier in the day, and the Douglas Motorsport racer seized the opportunity to produce a dominant lights-to-flag victory in the fading Brands Hatch light.

While David Pittard was able to keep with the Irishman in the early stages, Watson stretched his lead over the second half of the race to take his fifth win of the year by 7.2 seconds, setting the fastest lap of the race en-route.

“I got a really good start, I learnt from this morning how to get it right,” Watson told TCF.

“David was quite quick at the start, but we were quick on different parts of the track. Once I got a gap, I put my head down and pulled away. The Douglas Motorsport car was spot on, a huge credit to the team.”

Pittard took a comfortable second, his twelfth podium finish of the season moving him just four points shy of Carl Breeze in the championship standings with one race to run, with the 2012 champion only able to take a finish of ninth after being hit into a spin by Dennis Strandberg.

For Robertson, Breeze’s trouble helped further confirm the HHC Motorsport racer as champion after he ran third throughout the race for a nineteenth podium finish of the season that makes his lead at the top of the standings unassailable in the final race of the year.

Tom Oliphant sat behind Declan Jones in fifth for the first couple of lap before finding a way past on lap three. He went on to run fourth for the remainder of the race, a position that proved to be crucial after he was drawn onto the reverse grid pole position for race three tomorrow.

Jones took fifth, while Strandberg ended up sixth despite his contact with Breeze, those two having enjoyed a superb duel for a number of laps before their incident. Post-race, Strandberg was given a twelve second penalty for the contact to put him behind Breeze in ninth in the final results.

Carl Boardley bounced back from his race one DNF to take sixth in the end, but there was no such joy for Will Burns after a dramatic engine blow-out made it four retirements in a row for the Academy Motorsport racer. Jamie Orton joined him on the retirement list with a blown head gasket.

Luke Davenport finished up seventh ahead of his United Autosports team-mate Breeze and Strandberg, with Steve Wrigley rounding out the top ten ahead of Reece Somerfield, Fergus Walkinshaw and Tom Howard. Dan Norris-Jones was next up, with AM class runners Paul McNeilly, Steve Fresle and Fraser Robertson completing the finishers.

Full race results can be found here.