Another podium for Tetbury racer in Ginetta Junior series
2:22pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
OLLIE CHADWICK added another podium finish to his tally in Round 15 of the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship, as rookie sister and team-mate Jamie also consolidated her progress at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
There was a hint of rain in the air as Ginetta Junior qualifying got underway on Saturday, but the pace improved steadily as the session progressed.
Ollie struggled with his brake balance in the initial stages and then a drive shaft failure brought his qualifying to a premature end, forcing him to settle for fifth and sixth grid positions for Rounds 15 and 16 respectively.
In Round 15 on Saturday afternoon, another strong start saw Ollie scythe up to second on the opening lap. The young Tetbury-based racer was puzzled by a relative lack of straight-line speed which necessitated a defensive strategy He eventually had to concede second place but, despite pressure, particularly on the final lap, held on to third place to secure yet another well deserved podium finish.
Round 16 on Sunday was held on a drying track.
Despite another good start, Ollie found himself in several battles that allowed the leaders to pull away, although he gradually edged towards the pace and moved up to challenge for fourth.
Then, after a short, sharp rain shower, he struggled to maintain his momentum on a ‘dry’ set-up, eventually finishing fifth.
Ollie said: "I like this circuit and feel I drove very well in both races, but a few decisions and some on-track incidents, meant I had to work hard, which blunted the results I was hoping for."
Jamie Chadwick, the 2013 Ginetta Scholarship winner, qualified ninth and seventh for the two races A strong opening lap saw Jamie – the sole female and youngest driver in the Ginetta Junior field – climb from ninth to fifth during the initial stages of Round 15.
She continued to hold her own against more experienced rivals, eventually finishing seventh. This result was replicated in Round 16 on Sunday, starting and finishing seventh, but not without several feisty battles and position changes.
A satisfied Jamie said: "I’ve felt a lot more confident recently and Knockhill and Rockingham have seen me competing on equal terms with some of the more experienced front runners."
The 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship resumes on the world-famous Silverstone circuit on September 28-29.