Andrew Watson & Douglas Motorsport in third place after another weekend in action in the Ginetta GT 4 Supercup, this time at Croft Circuit
Nineteen year old Andrew Watson was in action again this weekend in the Ginetta GT 4 Supercup.
In what was the fifth weekend of the competition, the young racing driver faced a challenging two days of racing at Croft Circuit in Yorkshire. Watson finished the weekend in third place, 30 points behind championship leader Charlie Robertson.
The Douglas Motorsport driver began the weekend by qualifying in fourth place, just 0.524 seconds behind Robertson who took pole position: “We didn’t test the track before the official practice on Friday, unlike my other rivals, so we were pleased that on Friday we showed some real pace and were quickest on the first session. So we had felt good going into the weekend.”
In the first race of the weekend, Watson held on to fourth place for some time, before making a bold move, which didn’t go the way he had hoped, leaving him to finish the race in ninth place: “I made a clean move for third place but Davenport made contact with my left rear wheel, trying to get the spot back. That left me with a lot of damage to limp home with. We felt really hard done by, as we should have finished in third and that would certainly have set us up for a much better weekend, as it’s a really hard track to pass on.”
The young driver, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, got off to a good start on Sunday, though. Despite beginning race two down in ninth, he powered his way up into sixth place to finish the race, but was later handed a 0.5 second penalty for gaining an unfair advantage. The penalty left the driver in seventh place, where he was forced to begin the final race of the weekend.
The final race was a frustrating one for Watson, as he quickly found himself in P9. But, fighting hard, he managed to regain seventh position, where he finished up the final race of the weekend.
Watson said: “For the second and third races my tyres were very worn from the damage in the earlier race so we really just had to try and limit the damage all weekend. But there is still a long, long way to go in the championship and it’s still very tight.”
The results leave Watson in third place in the Ginetta GT Supercup championship. He, and his Douglas Motorsport team, will be looking to make up the lost ground at Snetterton Circuit, where Watson will be back in action on 2nd and 3rd August.