26 AUG 2012
ROBERTSON CLAIMS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT KNOCKHILL Separated by just a handful of points ahead of the race, Charlie Robertson (HHC Motorsport) and Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) lined up on the grid side-by-side, with Niall Murray (Douglas Motorsport) sitting behind them in third; each eager to score maximum points and claim the championship lead as we leave Scotland.

As the lights went out, the trio kept their order for the first half of the lap, until a spin for Fielding left him falling down the order, collecting Harry Woodhead (BOMAG Racing) along the way, who in turn, gathers an advertising board which glues itself to the front bumper of his car.

The chaos allowed Robertson to pull out a 2.3 second lead over the newly promoted Murray, who found himself being chased down by his teammate Andrew Watson. Behind them however, championship newbie Freddie Lee (Hillspeed) ended up in the gravel on lap three, whilst contact for his teammate Pepe Massot a lap later, leaves him stranded atop a grassy hill, sending him tumbling down the order before he finally rejoined the action two laps down – a far cry from his maiden win at Snetterton.

Elsewhere, Oliver Basey-Fisher (Tollbar Racing with WIRED) and the recovering Fielding brought the fight to Keith Donegan (Hillspeed) for sixth place on lap six, with Fielding finding a way past a lap later, leaving the pair of drivers to run side-by-side for a few corners until Basey-Fisher claimed the position for himself.

On lap eight, the king of comebacks, Fielding passes Woodhead in an attempt to salvage his title bid from the ever advancing cars of Murray and Robertson out front, with Murray having to find 1.117 seconds to catch Robertson.

A drift-esque move around a corner for Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Basey-Fisher sees him lose control of the G40J and fly into the barrier, putting a sad end to his show in Scotland on lap ten, gifting Donegan to reclaim his spot.

By the last lap, Woodhead’s advertising board seems to be having an impact on his speed as he is passed by Donegan for sixth place and the lead in the Rookie class, although there’s no questioning that Woodhead has driven an excellent race considering the complete obstruction to the front end of his car.

As the flag dropped, it was Robertson who brought home his second lights-to flag victory of the weekend making it six wins out of 14 rounds, whilst Niall Murray’s second place finish and 12th podium of the year and promoted him to second overall in the standings as he crossed the line.