Donington Park was a mixed bag for racer Charlie Robertson (HHC Motorsport), who had hoped on securing himself a double-win over the weekend. The promising young driver qualified fourth, 0.176 seconds off pole position.
During round 3 Roberston managed to get past both Gamble(Hillspeed), who had started from pole, and close-rival Niall Murray(Douglas Motorsport) on the run into Redgate on lap 8 to lead the race. But after the two multi-car incidents on lap 9 which saw the race red flagged, the overall win was granted based on lap 7 positions, leaving Robertson in second behind Murray.
The Whyteleafe-based racer was able to run second at the start of round 4 during Sunday’s televised race, but was dropped down to fourth behind Murray. The rivals managed to both get past Hillspeed’s Nathan Harrison only to have contact at the chicane at the end of lap 4. Both Robertson and Murray held on, albeit much further down the pack in 7th and 8th respectively.
Unfortunately for Robertson the disappointment was not to end there, as he was shunted off into the gravel after further contact with Murray during lap 8 at the Old Hairpin. Murray was later excluded from the results, but the retirement was disappointing for Robertson leaving the MSA Academy driver fourth in the championship standings – 32 points adrift of the series lead.
“Saturday was a shambles”, said Charlie, “I really do feel I was the rightful winner of that race on the track and I don’t think the final declared result was the correct one. Race two wasn’t much better really, I got overtaken by [Niall] Murray and then I did a move on him into the chicane but he closed the door when I was down the inside for some reason. We should have had two podiums this weekend but, through no fault of our own, we lost a lot of points.”
The next chance to challenge for points is as the fastest circuit on the Ginetta Junior Championship calendar, Thruxton in Hampshire, for rounds 5 and 6 on 28th/29th April. The MSA Academy racer is keen to assert himself once more on track as a name to beat this season and is again looking for a double-podium finish.
“I can’t wait to be back in the car at Thruxton”, said Robertson, “After the way the weekend at Donington ended, I’m determined to get two podiums at least next weekend but I’m hoping we’ll be able to try and fight for both wins. I know I’m driving well and the car has been great, we’ve just been really unlucky with the puncture at Brands and then being taken off at Donington.
I’m just focusing 100 per cent on being quick in qualifying at Thruxton and then trying to win both races. We’ve got 32 points to make up in the championship so I really need a consistently strong weekend. I know we can achieve that.”
Watch Charlie return to face his rivals at Thruxton this coming weekend 28-29th April at Thruxton.
Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey