Ginetta Junior

Chapman Ready To Bounce Back After Croft Disappointment

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Matt Chapman is setting his sights on a fresh start to the Ginetta Junior Championship following the summer break after a disappointing outing at Croft.

The Total Control Racing ace had been on a run of four consecutive top eight finishes before the trip to Yorkshire, but saw that run come to an end during the opening race.

As he tried to climb up the order from a lower than hoped fourteenth on the grid, Chapman saw his progress up the order halted when he was unable to avoid an incident ahead, with heavy contact leading to a broken front right tyre and suspension.

The 15 year old, who had set the sixth fastest time in pre-event testing, tried to bounce back from his retirement in race two, but during a robust encounter progress from 24th on the grid proved tough and he could only finish up in 21st to cap off a frustrating meeting.

“Race one was obviously really disappointing, qualifying didn’t go how we wanted – the car just didn’t feel like it did in testing – and there was nothing I could do to avoid the contact,” said Chapman.

“I had nothing to lose in race two starting from the back. My start was good taking three or four places off the line, but I was on the outside for the chicane, so lost out there and then it was difficult trying to get past some of the slower cars.

“The aim for Snetterton after the break is to take our testing pace into qualifying so we’re near the front where we should be.”

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