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Ginetta Junior

Robertson On Top At Rockingham

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Fielding, Robertson and Murray On The Ginetta Junior Podium - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography


After being punted out of a podium finish in the weekend's earlier race, youngster Charlie Robertson was determined to take victory in Round Sixteen of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship and it showed as the Scotsman stormed his way through to take his second win of the season.

Robertson started on pole for Round Fifteen, but got taken out on the opening lap, recovering to a lowly eighth. The HHC Motorsport driver once again started on pole for Round Sixteen, virtue of his fastest second best time, though like the previous race, lost the lead heading into the first turn after a sluggish start.

Once again it was reigning Ginetta Ireland champion Niall Murray who made a lightning start, this time from the front row, to take the lead into Deene Hairpin for the first time. The Beacon Racing driver making a quick break as Robertson just held off George Gamble behind, with his team-mate Myles Collins slotting into fourth.

Robertson got on Murray's bumper on lap two and after an attempted move around the outside of Deene, finally got the lead back after a run out of Tarzan allowed him to slide up the inside at Brook. The front two began to break away, while in third, Collins had managed to get past Gamble on lap three, but appeared slower and began to back Gamble into his TJ Motorsport team-mate Sennan Fielding, with Fielding making his way by on lap six.

For championship leader Seb Morris, a tough opening lap had seen him bundled back to eleventh and the expected recovery drive didn't materialise early on. But the Hillspeed driver seemed to be biding his time and around half distance started going on the offensive. Up to eighth by lap six, Morris picked off Tom Howard and Declan Jones on consecutive laps, putting him on the back of the battle for third.

The final lap saw all the positions switch around as Fielding made a late lunge at Deene Hairpin for third, though the Ginetta Scholarship winner just proceeded to push himself and Collins wide, allowing Gamble to sneak past both for third. Fielding held fourth, before passing Gamble later in the lap, with the Nottingham-based driver also dropping behind Morris at Brook, Morris having passed Collins at Gracelands.

Ahead, Robertson was crossing the line to take victory, holding off a late charge from Murray, the Irishman taking his second podium of the weekend to leave Rockingham as the highest points scorer. Fielding held onto third for second podium of the weekend and the season. Morris took fourth, with championship rival Gamble fifth and a disappointed Collins sixth, after the Yorkshireman had look set for a maiden series podium.

Jones took seventh ahead of Howard, the 2010 Rockingham racewinner struggling for pace all weekend. Oliver Chadwick and Patrick McClughan completed the top ten, ahead of Jake Giddings and William Foster. Privateer Max Coates finished a lowly thirteenth after being spun off circuit on the opening lap by Struan Moore, who finished one place behind, with Brad Bailey rounding out the finishers.

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