Mixed Brands Weekend For Robertson

by Simon Paice

Brands Hatch Produced A Mixed Set Of Results For Charlie Robertson - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography


Charlie Robertson made a winning start to the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship with victory in Round Two, however the teenager was left to rue what might have been in Round One after getting a puncture whilst leading.

The 15 year old showed great pace throughout the weekend, starting with a brace of front-row starts in qualifying, with Robertson putting himself second for round one and on pole position for race two. A great start the opening encounter saw the Investigo-backed driver outdrag the pole-sitter and take the lead around the outside at Paddock Hill.

Maintaing the lead brilliantly despite being under serious pressure, Robertson stayed in front until a safety car period, during which the MSA Academy racer picked up a puncture. Forced to pit and change the wheel, Robertson returned to the track a lap down and ended up twelfth, though he showcased his pace with a new lap record of 54.320 seconds.

The second race saw the Whyteleafe-based racer lead away from pole and was relatively untroubled throughout, leading from lights to flag to take his first win of the campaign and with it put himself third in the championship standings despite his race one disappointment.

Robertson said: “Winning the second race was the perfect way to bounce back from the puncture in race one. It's always great to win, we should have had the double here this weekend but I'm just focused now on getting some more wins over the next few races.

“The car was brilliant, it didn't go off at all and the guys at HHC did a great job for me – I'd really like to thank Charlie and Jody at the team for their hard work. It's also great to start the year with a win for Investigo and Ria Capital Markets, without their support I wouldn't be here.”

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