Lewis Brown’s impressive spell in the Ginetta Junior Championship continued yesterday (6th September) as he returned to the podium at Rockingham for his fourth top three finish of the campaign so far, a result that moves him up to third in the championship standings.
Brown, who had enjoyed a season’s best outing at Knockhill two weeks prior with a double podium, fought hard in the second race of the weekend in Corby to maintain fifth place until the final lap, when an incident ahead allowed him to slot through into third.
“I started fifth and I knew I had the pace to keep on the back of the top three,” Brown told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk after the race.
“I made sure I stayed with them, and then on the last lap I just knew something was going to kick off and I was able to pick up the pieces to get third. I’m delighted.”
Those results mean Brown is now on a run of ten consecutive top six finishes in the championship, the only driver on the grid to reach that milestone this season, and he feels the key is putting yourself in a strong position on the grid.
“It’s all about getting your qualifying right in this championship, as it’s so close across the field,” he commented, having qualified in the top five in the last three meetings.
“As soon as you qualifying with the front pack, they drag you along in the races and gives you a chance to get good results.”
While the next milestone for Brown is a first Junior race win in his R&J Motorsport G40J, the 16 year old says his focus is on continuing his run of consistent results to maintain his newly acquired third place in the championship.
“At the moment we’re battling for third places, as it feels like the top two have got a bit of a gap over the rest of us,” he concluded.
“Never say never in Ginetta’s though as anything can happen, but we’re looking to keep getting regular podiums. We’re third in the championship now and we want to hold onto that till the end of the season.”