Racing driver Andrew Watson, from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, finished the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Championship in fourth place, after another action packed weekend of racing at Brands Hatch brought the season to a close.
Putting in his performance of the season on Saturday, Watson, racing for Douglas Motorsport, secured back-to-back wins on the opening day of the weekend. However, a tricky third race for the 19 year old Northern Irishman on Sunday saw Watson cross the line in 7th, meaning a fourth place finish overall.Fellow driver, Charlie Robertson, had done enough by race two on Saturday – securing podium finishes in the first and second race of the weekend – to secure the Championship title. Carl Breeze ended the season in second, followed by David Pittard in third.
At the start of the weekend, Watson qualified second for the first race, behind David Pittard in pole. Watson then overtook Pittard on lap 8 of race one. From there he held the lead to the finish, taking his first win of the weekend by a comfortable 2.81 seconds.
Watson then started race two from pole. Leading from the off, he reached the chequered flag an impressive 7.26 seconds ahead of Pittard in second place.
For the final race of the weekend Watson was fourth on the grid. However, after moving up to third at the start, he was then pushed out wide as a result of a driving error from Pittard. Dropping back in to 13th, he managed to climb back to 7th before crossing the finish line. Pittard was given a penalty, but not enough to change things on the leader board.
Watson, whose sponsors include Woking Shopping Centre, Westland, Donnelly Group and Adoreboard, said on Sunday afternoon; “We dominated the weekend and of course Saturday was incredible for us. But in race three I was completely taken out by Pittard on the third lap. He took me off the track as a result of really poor driving, which hugely effected my race. I clawed back up to 7th, but I should have finished that race higher up, which would have meant finishing third in the Championship overall. Myself and the team feel a bit robbed, but we can also take away a lot of positives from this weekend, and the Championship as a whole, too.”