Charlie Robertson was in the thick of the action in Rounds Three and Four of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship at Donington Park, the 15 year old picking up a podium in the opening race when he thought he’d won, before a disappointing retirement in the second race.
The HHC Motorsport driver headed into the weekend hoping for a double victory and he started the opening race well, moving up from fourth on the grid to third on lap three. After a safety car period, Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-supported driver dived into the lead on the run into Redgate and held the lead until a red flag came out a lap later after contact with rivals behind.
Robertson had the race win on the road, but with the result declared on count-back from the end of lap seven, Robertson was classified in second place. The youngster looked to make amends in Sunday's televised race, running second initially before being bumdled back to fourth. Robertson got up to third behind Niall Murray soon after and looked to pass for second at the final chicane on lap four, however contact between the two spun Murray round and forced Robertson off track.
Robertson recovered to seventh, with Murray tenth, however by lap eight the two drivers were back together. Heading into the Old Hairpin, Murray hit Robertson from behind, spinning Robertson into the gravel trap and out of the race. Murray was later excluded from the results, but the non-score was still bad news for the MSA Academy driver, dropping him from third to fourth in the championship standings.
Robertson said: “Saturday was a shambles. I really do feel I was the rightful winner of that race on the track and I don't think the final declared result was the correct one. Race two wasn't much better really, I got overtaken by [Niall] Murray and then I did a move on him into the chicane but he closed the door when I was down the inside for some reason.
“We both ended up dropping back and then he just went straight into the back of me at the Old Hairpin and took me out of the race. That's a dangerous place to make contact with anyone, it's the fastest place on the track – I thought I was going to hit the tyres but thankfully I didn't. We should have had two podiums this weekend but, through no fault of our own, we lost a lot of points.”