Robertson Secures Crucial Snetterton Win

by Simon Paice

Charlie Robertson has firmly kept his 2012 Ginetta Junior championship challenge alive with victory in Round Twelve at Snetterton.

It was Oliver Chadwick who started the race from pole, but a great getaway for Robertson saw him take the lead in to the first corner. Behind, there was early contact between Robertson’s title challengers Sennan Fielding and Niall Murray which sent Fielding spinning down to fifth, with Murray emerging unscathed in second ahead of Chadwick.

Harry Woodhead ran fourth early on, but he received a drive through penalty for a false start, allowing Fielding on to the tail of his team-mate Chadwick, Fielding finding his way past on lap four, with a move behind seeing Round Nine winner Pepe Massot pass Andrew Watson for fifth.

As HHC Motorsport’s Robertson held a comfortable one second lead, Fielding closed on Murray for second and began to challenge, getting alongside at the end of the penultimate lap before making the move stick on the final lap.

Their battling allowed Robertson to pull away and take his fourth win of the season by nearly four seconds, with Fielding reclaiming his championship lead from Murray in second. Chadwick matched his seasons best finish in fourth ahead of Massot and Watson.

Keith Donegan took seventh to round off a strong weekend with new team Hillspeed, the Irishman finishing ahead of William Palmer and Oliver Basey-Fisher. Woodhead recovered to tenth ahead of Tom Jackson and Elliot Paterson, while the only driver not to finish the race was debutant Freddie Lee, after the Hillspeed driver was spun into the barriers on the opening lap.


Provisional 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Standings (After Rd. 12):

  1. Sennan Fielding – 315 points
  2. Niall Murray – 312 points
  3. Charlie Robertson – 297 points
  4. Pepe Massot – 227 points
  5. Harry Woodhead – 198 points
  6. Andrew Watson – 196 points
  7. Ollie Chadwick – 174 points
  8. Keith Donegan – 173 points

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