MOTOR RACING: Chadwick pulls off Brands Hatch double in Ginetta Junior finale
5:18pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Tetbury's Ollie Chadwick after his two wins in the Ginetta Junior Championship series at Brands Hatch (1610620)
TETBURY-BASED Ollie Chadwick conquered extreme conditions to ‘do the double’ in the finale of the Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch.
Seventeen-year-old Ollie proved the consummate professional throughout the weekend, posting fastest times in practice and qualifying, often in torrential rain.
Starting from pole, Ollie led Saturday's evening race (Round 19) from the start, nosing ahead of Will Palmer going into Paddock Hill Bend.
The leading duo matched each other for pace and, while a brief safety car intervention negated Ollie’s advantage, the young racer pulled away from the chasing pack with a perfect restart and the fastest lap – 1m 49.519s – en route to a well deserved win.
Race 2 (Round 20) was held on Sunday on a wet track, played out live on ITV4 and in front of a 20,000 crowd. A relatively slow getaway from third on the grid saw Ollie fall back to fifth by the second corner.
Undeterred, he pulled off a succession of bold, yet intelligent overtaking manoeuvres to recover his lost ground and snatch the initiative from Palmer.
The two again raced bumper-to-bumper, Palmer eventually spinning out of contention at Graham Hill Bend to leave Ollie with a clear run to the chequered flag.
“It has been a great weekend,” said a celebrating Ollie. “My season has been frustrating, so I went to Brands Hatch determined to end the year on a high and demonstrate my true abilities.
"Whether it was dry, as it was on Saturday, or soaking wet, as we experienced on Sunday, I felt confident I could handle the challenges.
"Will (Palmer) and I were closely matched in both races, so there was no room for error, and I’m absolutely thrilled to come away with double victories.
"I really need to thank my JHR Developments team, Ginetta for running a great championship and, of course, my mum and dad for their support."
Meanwhile, Ollie’s younger sister and team-mate Jamie (15) also impressed, going third quickest in Saturday morning’s free practice session.
In race one (Round 19), Jamie finished seventh in a tight group just behind the leaders.
In Round 20, an over-exuberant move from a recovering Will Palmer sent both he and Jamie into a synchronised spin at Sheen Curve and into retirement.
Jamie said: “My first full year in car racing did not end as I would have hoped. It has been a difficult season at times, but also a great experience, with a lot of lessons learnt and some excellent preparation for 2014."
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