Cameron Roberts headed to Brands Hatch on Thursday 31st March to partake in the two Friday test sessions organized by Ginetta ahead of the race weekend in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior championship. In the first of the two test sessions the track was dry, this session took place at 13:55pm for half an hour. Throughout the test session Cameron completed ten laps of the 1.2 miles long Indy Circuit. The most laps completed within the session was a total of 27 laps, which were completed by only three drivers out of the twenty-two taking part. By the end of the thirty-minute session Cameron was third on the live timing screens, which was looking hopeful for the upcoming race weekend. His fastest lap time was 57.023 which he set on lap ten of the session.
The second session of the day took place at 17:00pm for half an hour, once again on a dry circuit. During this session Cameron completed a total of 23 laps of the Indy circuit setting a best lap time of 56.895 on lap seventeen of the session. At the end of the evening session Cameron was fifth on the live timing screens. The pace he was showing was looking good ahead of the race weekend, now all he could do was see if he could improve further in the morning test session on Saturday and in qualifying too. He was hopeful of a good weekend with top ten finishes as he knew he had more pace to get out of the car.
Picture Credit: Tilley Photography
Saturday morning saw the Ginetta Juniors head out onto the dry circuit at 10:55am for a fifteen-minute practice session ahead of the qualifying session later in the day. Cameron completed eight laps during the session and set a fastest lap of 57.351 on lap four, just 0.403 off of the fastest lap time of the session set by Charlie Fagg. Cameron was disappointed to finish the practice session in fourteenth place overall but was determined to do better in qualifying and the races.
The qualifying session took place at 15:12pm for a total of 13 minutes, allowing the drivers to put in a maximum of twelve laps. During the qualifying session Cameron struggled with the car due to a wrong set up being put on the car which caused the car to be unbalanced, this proved to be rather difficult for Cameron to deal with. The best result he could manage was 13th by the time the chequered flag came out. Cameron only completed nine of the twelve available laps and set his fastest lap time of 57.300 on lap four. His lap time was only 0.614 off of the pole position lap time set by Stuart Middleton.
After the qualifying session the team did a complete check over and reset of the steering where it had shown several problems, which allowed the team to solve them and rectify them before the first qualifying session of the 2016 season. Cameron was confident that he could get a really good start and would be able to finish inside the top ten during the races.
Race one saw Cameron get an amazing start off the line where he managed to gain three places during one lap, throughout the race he confidently fought his way through the field to finish in a highly respectable sixth position. Throughout the duration of the race Cameron had some very good battles with the other competitors. The sixth place finish ensured Cameron picked up some very valuable championship points. By finishing in sixth this meant Cameron would start the race that was shown live on ITV4 from sixth on the grid, on the third row.
Yet again in race two Cameron got a blinding start where he moved into fourth by the first corner. This allowed Cameron to break away from the rest of the field with the leading trio just ahead of him. Cameron was battling really hard throughout the race, making up places and having some really good battles on track. On the last lap Cameron squeezed himself through into third place and was looking to be finishing on the podium. However he was pushed slightly wide at the last corner which meant he had to settle for fourth place as he crossed the finish line.
Cameron Roberts running in third place but was pipped at the line, taking fourth at the flag. Picture Credit: Tilley Photography.
When leaving the circuit Cameron lies fourth in the overall championship standings after a strong weekend of points with twenty-three races still to go. Now Cameron will turn his focus to the next round of the championship which takes place at Donington Park located in Derby over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of April.
© Fay Tilley 10th April 2016