Robertson's aiming to maintain top gear at Donington Park

Man with a plan: Charlie Robertson from Whyteleafe

Man with a plan: Charlie Robertson from Whyteleafe

First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Whyteleafe motor ace Charlie Robertson is confident of keeping his superb early season momentum rolling at Donington Park this weekend in the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup.

The 17-year-old began the opening weekend of the campaign at Brands Hatch with a podium finish in his maiden race and a victory in round two.

He said: “Brands was fantastic, we really couldn’t have hoped to make such a great start to the season.

“You always want to win but to stand on the top step of the podium on my first weekend in the championship was pretty special, and unexpected.

"We’ve still got a lot to learn about the car so that obviously bodes well for the rest of the year."

The teeanger added: “Donington is a great track and we’ve always gone well there, I was on the podium in Ginetta Junior and won two races there in Formula 4 last year with HHC so we’re feeling pretty confident.

"We won’t know where we are until qualifying, but if we can have a strong test run next Thursday I’m sure we’ll be where we need to be to fight for more podiums.”

Ahead of the Donington races, the majority of the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup contingent this week took part in an officially timed test outing at Thruxton in Hampshire - the venue for the third race meeting of the season in May.

Visiting the ultra-fast 2.35-mile track for the first time since his championship-winning Ginetta Junior season in 2012, when he claimed victory in both Thruxton races, Robertson was third fastest in session one and sixth during the afternoon run to conclude the day inside the top six overall.

“Thruxton was good, it’s really challenging in the [Ginetta] G55 – I’m pleased with the times”, he said.

“Third fastest in the morning was great, then we experimented with some different aero set-ups and I was happy with the changes we made.

"We made a huge step forward in performance, we unlocked something else in the car – we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Pre-event testing ahead of the Donington Park weekend took place on Thursday, while the racing proper takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

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