Ginetta Junior

Watson ‘Shocked And Delighted’ After First Win

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Andrew Watson was left in shock after securing his first ever victory in the Ginetta Junior Championship in Round 17 at Silverstone.

Speaking to thecheckeredflag.co.uk shortly after his win, Watson expressed his delight in securing the win, his first since joining the UK series at Silverstone in late 2011.

“I’m a little bit in shock at the minute,” he said. “I’m delighted to be honest, my mum and dad are here, the teams put a lot of effort in this weekend and it’s great for everyone.”

After working his way through from fifth on the grid to second early on, Watson closed down a 2.8 second gap to race leader Charlie Robertson before passing him on the penultimate lap to take the win.

“As I tried to form a gap to those behind, I found myself catching Charlie [Robertson] every lap, bit by bit, so I decided to go for it. I was giving it everything I had, I was on the limit everywhere and I caught him up,” he explained.

“I knew he wasn’t going to put up too much of a fight as I’m not exactly his main championship rival and I snuck past at the final corner. He caught me back up on the final lap and stuck it around the outside into the complex. It was hairy, I nearly spun off, but I held on.”

The result had added significance after a tough recent spell for Watson and his Douglas Motorsport team, where strong pace hasn’t brought the results they arguably deserved.

“I’ve been quick at circuits during testing and free practice, but it hasn’t completely transformed into race results, so it’s brilliant it has today,” he added. “I’m full of confidence and am looking to do the same tomorrow.”

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