Double race triumph for speedy Robertson
CHARLIE Robertson had a superb weekend winning both races at Thruxton from pole, with the fastest lap time in both Ginetta Junior Championship races.
Marking the first double-winning weekend of the 15-year-old's short car racing career, the second year competitor was unchallenged in absolutely atrocious conditions.
"This has been the perfect way to bounce back from the troubles we had at Donington," Whyteleafe-based Robertson said. "I was praying for rain after qualifying, I knew my wet pace was really good and so rain would be good for us in the races and I think I proved that with two wins out of two, my first ever double on the TOCA package. It's absolutely fantastic."
Robertson secured pole position for round five by a huge 0.8 seconds and his second quickest lap time of the session, determining starting positions for round six, was an even more impressive one second ahead of closest challenger Niall Murray.
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Immediately stamping his authority on the race, the Caterham School pupil opened up a 1.8 second lead on the first lap alone and set the fastest lap of the race the next time around before the treaded tyres started to lose performance.
With no more rain forthcoming, the levels of grip reduced on the increasingly dry track but Robertson delivered an inch-perfect drive on the way to a ten second victory.
It was quite hard to know which tyres to go on for race one, the clerk of the course said we should go on wets so that's what we all did," Robertson said. "It was quite a hard race, as the track dried more the tyres started to go off and the car was sliding around a lot more but it was a good race."
For the sixth round on Sunday, the action began under safety car conditions due to a lot of standing water on track.
Reeling off a string of fastest laps, the best of 1:35.060 (89.22mph) coming on lap six, the MSA Academy driver pushed hard to keep a good gap to title rival Murray and eventually won by two seconds. Starting the weekend fourth in the standings, Robertson now has a five-point lead.
"I realised where Niall [Murray] was and I wanted to try to keep the gap or even stretch the gap, I kept pushing until the last few laps and then concentrated on making no mistakes to make sure the win was in the bag," Robertson added. "It really has been a fantastic weekend and the perfect 48th birthday present for my dad too!"
Robertson now has a six-week break with rounds seven and eight of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship scheduled to take place on June 9-10 at Oulton Park in Cheshire.