Charlie RobertsonOnly four races now stand between Charlie Robertson and his bid to claim the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship title and ahead of rounds 17 and 18 of the season at Silverstone next weekend, 6th/7th October, the series leader is focusing on maintaining his excellent run of consistency.

With five straight podium finishes from the last five races, including three victories, the 15-year-old has opened-up a 23 point advantage at the top of the driver standings and as the championship fight reaches crunch-time, Charlie knows continuing the recent momentum will be crucial.

“So far, the second half of the season has been really strong for us and we’ve scored a lot of points but it’s still pretty close in the championship and one bad result could change everything”, said the Whyteleafe-based youngster, “I still intend to go out there at Silverstone and try and win both races but the main thing is to keep finishing on the podium and picking-up as many points as we can.”

At Silverstone’s 1.64-mile National Circuit last year, which hosted the final event of the 2011 season, the HHC Motorsport driver enjoyed podium success on his way to securing the Vice-Champion’s spot in the title standings at the tender age of 14.

One year on, the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-backed youngster has his sights set one place higher and two more podiums next weekend would go a long way to putting him in a strong position ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on 20th/21st October.

One important factor going into the final four rounds of the campaign will be the impact of ‘drop scores’ with each driver having to deduct their weakest two results from their final totals. Charlie currently has 28 points to subtract which means his ‘net’ lead is slightly reduced to 17 points.

“Silverstone is going to be so important”, added the Caterham School pupil, “We need to try and maintain the lead we’ve got and if we can increase it then that’ll be even better. I’m sure the championship will go down to the final race of the season and with drop scores as well you’re never sure what’ll happen.

“We know we’ve got a good car and we were competitive at Silverstone last year so I’m feeling confident and really looking forward to it – it’s always one of the biggest race meetings of the year with great crowds. Hopefully we can keep our good momentum going.”

Following officially timed testing on Friday, 5th October, free practice will take place at 10.25 on Saturday, 6th October, with qualifying at 14.45 and round 17 scheduled to start at 17.05. Round 18, which will be screened live on ITV4, in High Definition on ITV4 HD and streamed live online at the website, will take place on Sunday, 7th October, at 13.45.

2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd16):
1st Charlie Robertson, 432pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.