Charlie Robertson continued his hugely impressive debut season in the Ginetta Junior Championship by securing a hard fought third victory of the season at Brands Hatch, moving the 14 year old into a clear second place in the championship standings.
At a baking hot Kent circuit, Robertson had a tough start to Round Seventeen. The HHC Motorsport driver got forced wide at Druids on the opening lap, before being tagged by a rival at Graham Hill Bend. Recovering at the bottom of the top ten, a superb fightback saw Charlie work his way into fourth place, just 0.2s shy of a podium finish.
Starting third for Round Eighteen, Charlie's hopes were given a boost when George Gamble, his rival for second in the championship, was unable to take the start. Bundled back to fourth at the start, Robertson swapped places with Jake Giddings in third a couple of times before making the place stick.
On lap seven, a mistake by team-mate Myles Collins saw him spin off and with Brad Bailey slowed in second, Surrey-based Robertston slid past both into the lead. It wouldn't be an easy run to the line though, with newly crowned 2011 champion Seb Morris pushing him hard, but he held on for the win, his eighth podium of the season.
Robertson said: “I think that could be my best win yet. I dropped back at the start and really had to work for it. I've never been in a situation on the last lap where someone has been so close to me and pressuring me so much, that definitely makes the win so much sweeter.
“It was really hot in the car and such hard work but really good too, it's a great result for us. We've made second in the championship more secure, especially with George (Gamble) not finishing today, and I think this win shows I can be a real contender for next year.”