Rising motor racing star Charlie Robertson delivered a strong account of himself at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Tuesday, 23rd April, by posting the fifth fastest time overall during officially timed BRDC Formula 4 Championship testing – a great boost just days away from the start of the 2013 season.
The 16-year-old, from Whyteleafe in Surrey, is making the move into ‘slicks and wings’ single-seater racing for the first time this year and after a consistently competitive showing in Norfolk yesterday, Charlie is feeling rightly confident ahead of this weekend’s opening three rounds at Silverstone.
“I’m happy with the pace we ran yesterday, we had the full race ballast in the car and we know there’s more to come at the weekend”, said the Investigo-backed youngster, “I made a mistake on my fastest lap, which I was pretty annoyed about, otherwise I think we would have been second or third for the day.”
Lapping seventh fastest during a morning of exploratory work on older Yokohama tyres, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion posted his quickest time of 1m51.740 seconds (95.65mph) during the afternoon run to move into the top five and end the test as the best of the single-seater newcomers.
After a winter of positive running in his HHC Motorsport-run MSV F4-013 car, Charlie is now relishing the prospect of getting back to actual on-track competition and cannot wait for the first three races of the inaugural BRDC F4 season at Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, 27th/28th April.
“We’re really looking forward to Silverstone now, it’ll be very tight if yesterday’s test was anything to go by as the top six were close all day”, said the Scottish teenager, “I’m feeling quite confident and we’re going into the weekend with no pressure at all, it’s a whole new experience for us coming from Ginetta Junior so the main thing is to learn as much as possible in our first year.
“We won’t really know where everyone is until the test on Friday at Silverstone, probably even until qualifying really, but I expect to be up there in the mix though. It’ll be great to be back racing, if we can come away from the weekend with three good points finishes I’ll be happy.”
Having returned to his GCSE studies at Caterham School, Charlie will be back behind the wheel of his Formula 4 car on Friday, 26th April, for general testing at Silverstone. Qualifying and the first round of the season will take place at 10.40 and 14.40 respectively on Saturday, 27th April, with rounds two and three following on Sunday, 28th April, at 11.55 and 15.05.
Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.