Charlie Robertson is determined to add more silverware to his collection this weekend in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Rockingham following an impressive debut outing in the V de V Series at Motorland Aragon.
Robertson was called up by the works Ginetta outfit Team LNT to make his endurance racing debut in Spain this past weekend alongside Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson and factory driver Michael Simpson in their Ginetta G55 GT3.
Robertson impressed straight away whilst sharing qualifying duties with Simpson, the average of their best lap times securing the team pole position by a comfortable six tenths of a second over their nearest rival.
Tomlinson took the opening stint of the four-hour race and handed the car over to Robertson in a strong second place, and the former Ginetta Junior champion took no time in carving his way into the lead, a position he maintained until handing over to Simpson.
Unfortunately for the team, a lead of over one minute in the final hour was lost when a loss of braking, the result of excessive brake pad wear in high temperatures with heavy braking zones, forced the team into retirement.
“Obviously it’s really disappointing we couldn’t get to the finish, especially as the win was there for the taking, but the whole experience was amazing,” said Robertson.
“We were really fast from the off and to get pole and then lead so comfortably was fantastic. I’d never been to Motorland before the weekend but I adapted to the track without any problems and really enjoyed the racing. I’d love to have the opportunity to drive with Team LNT again in the future.”
The 17 year old’s focus now returns to his GT4 Supercup championship bid which resumes at Rockingham this weekend. Robertson holds a 29 point lead over Supercup veteran Carl Breeze thanks to six wins so far this season, and he’s targeting more in Corby to extend his advantage.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he added. “My aim is to get back on the top step of the podium, we need to score as heavily as we can to try and increase the championship lead a bit more but if we can take a couple of podiums, that’ll be OK.”