Fielding Snatches Late Win In Ginetta Finale

by Simon Paice

Sennan Fielding took victory in the final round of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch, while newly-crowned champion Charlie Robertson rounded out the year with second.

Robertson headed into the race knowing that he could only lose the title if he were to receive an exclusion or penalty points, so took a conservative approach to the encounter. The Scotsman led away at the start of the race, with Niall Murray and Pepe Massot behind.

As the field headed out onto the GP loop, contact between Murray and Massot sent them both off track, with Murray emerging in fifth behind team-mate Andrew Watson, who lost time trying to avoid them, while Massot came back on track in eighth.

Murray’s race went from bad to worse a lap later though, the Irishman running wide at Surtees. Massot meanwhile was making progress, the Spaniard benefitted from a failed overtake by Ollie Chadwick to get past him, having already passed Oliver Basey-Fisher, before getting ahead of Watson to move into fourth behind Harry Woodhead.

The pack was bunched up just after mid-distance after first William Palmer, and then Finlay Ratcliffe and Tom Jackson ended up in the Paddock Hill gravel trap. After a lengthy spell behind it, the action resumed with just one racing lap to go.

Fielding used this opportunity perfectly, forcing his way down the inside at Druids to take the race lead, controlling the remainder of the lap to secure his fifth win of the season. Robertson took second, while Woodhead rounded up his superb rookie season with a fifth podium.

Massot took fourth ahead of Murray, with Chadwick rounding out the top six. Watson was seventh ahead of Basey-Fisher, with Freddie Lee, Keith Donegan and Elliot Paterson completing the finishers.

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