Ginetta Junior Championship - Rounds 8 & 9 - Oulton Park

Rounds 8 and 9 of the Ginetta Junior championship took place at Oulton Park with Tom Wood, Jordan Collard, Charlie Digby and Ruben Del Sarte lining up for HHC.


Ruben_Oulton__web.jpegQualifying took place on Saturday afternoon in damp conditions with all four drivers securing mid field starting positions when qualifying ended. However, they all showed that they had strong pace for the weekend ahead.

The first race of the weekend took place on Sunday morning. A fantastic start for Tom Wood moved him up multiple places off the line this along with some good fortune by staying out of the first lap madness placed him in third on the first lap. CoDigby_Oulton_web.jpegllard also made a very good start showing his race craft as he made his way up through the order. A dive up the inside in the final corner promoted Wood up into second place where he remained until the end of the race, however he showed his pace by setting the fastest lap of the race. Collard finished in a strong sixth place, proving he can be the mix at the front of the field. Birthday boy Ruben Del Sarte also worked his way up the Collard_Oulton__web.jpegorder into ninth place giving him third place within the rookie cup. Digby showed he was up for a race gaining positions throughout, however on the final lap an off track excursion sent him down into fifteenth place.

The second race was later that afternoon, Wood starting in sixth place got off to a blistering start gaining positions around the outside at the first corner, put him into third place, he was pretty much in a race of his own from there as he reeled in the top two. Collard continued his strong weekend gaining a number of positions during the race andWood_oulton_2_web.jpeg finishing in eight place. Del Sarte again made up a few places during the race pushing him up into tenth when the chequered flag came. Digby had a quiet race finishing in his starting position of fourteenth.   The real drama came at the end of the race as Wood caught the leading duo. He challenged Jewiss for second place as the pair came out of the final corner side by side in a drag race to the line. Wood narrowly missing out on second place in a tight photo finish picking up another podium in third.

Next up the for the Juniors is the teams home circuit of Croft on the 10th and 11th June.

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Ginetta GT4 Supercup - Rounds 7 & 8 - Oulton Park

Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2017 Ginetta GT4 SuperCup took place at Oulton Park. Callum Pointon went into his home race weekend leading the championship.

Pointon_Oulton_web.jpegQualifying was on the Saturday in some very difficult wet conditions, a huge down pour just before the start of the session left standing water on the track. As the session got under way the rain did not ease up, with a number of drivers leaving the circuit. The session was red flagged halfway through to let the weather ease off, when it got restarted again the times began to tumble with Callum showing some quick pace. The chequered flag was thrown and he finished the session in a stroPointon_Oulton_3_web.jpegng third position.

The first of the two races took place later that afternoon in drying conditions. Callum lined up on the grid in third place, he managed to get off the line without any problems maintaining his position. During the race a number of accidents brought out the safety car. However, Callum kept his head and finished in his starting position of third giving him a podium at his home circuit.

The second race took place on Sunday afternoon, this time with the sun shining. Callum started iPointon_Oulton_1_web.jpegn his finishing position of third. He got a fantastic start allowing him to pass Jack Mitchell for second, the top three battled throughout the opening laps. Another safety car bunched up the field, however on the re-start Callum maintained second place until the end giving him another podium.

Callum leaves Oulton Park leading the championship. Next up for the SuperCup is the team’s home race at Croft on the 10th and 11th June.

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Ginetta Junior Championship - Rounds 6 & 7 - Thruxton

Rounds 6 & 7 of the 2017 Ginetta Junior championship took place at Thruxton. The team had a four car entry for the weekend with, Tom Wood, Charlie Digby, Jordan Collard and Ruben Del Sarte.

Wood-04_web.jpgThe weekend started off with free practice on the Saturday, the team were looking to start the weekend off with a strong start. Qualifying was later that afternoon with Collard leading the HHC Motorsport entries in 7th place, Wood in 10th, Digby in 14th and Del Sarte rounding the team off in 16th.

The first race of the weekend came onDelSarte-02_web.jpg Sunday morning. Good starts for Wood and Collard meant they were in a multi car fight for third place. A spin for Collard going into church left him off the circuit attempting to rejoin, however another spinning car collected him causing terminal damage and putting him out of the race. Wood continued to battle getting well up the order until two laps from the end when a spinning competitor shot across the front of him collecting the front of his car and putting him out of the race as well. Digby made good progress through the field eventually ending in 9th. Del Sarte was also involved in a race long battle eventually finishing in 14th place.

The team did an amazing Collard-01_2_web.jpgjob to get all the cars repaired for the second race of the day later that afternoon. Wood and Collard again were in a race long battle for the final podium place with a whole pack of cars. Wood again received more contact to the rear of his car damaging his rear bumper. As the chequered flag came Wood brought home his damaged car in 6th with Collard in 7th behind him, Digby finished in 12th place and Del Sarte in 15th.

Next up for the Ginetta Junior championship is a double header at Oulton Park on 20th and 21st May.

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British GT -  Round 3 - Rockingham

Round 3 of the British GT championship was held at Rockingham, the first real endurance test of the season with a two-hour race.

The weekend got underway with free practice 1, Will took the wheel first in the session with Stuart taking over at just after the half way stage. The team experimented with a different set up in the session eventually finishing in 6th within the GT4 class. The drivers swapped for the second free practice session with Stuart starting in the car and Will taking over at the half way stage, again the team were working on different race set ups finishing the final practice session in 10th place.

GT4_on_track_2_web.jpegLater in the afternoon, it was time for the two qualifying sessions. Unlike the opening rounds at Oulton Park both the AM and Pro session times will be combined to decide who takes the pole position. First up was the AM session with Stuart taking the wheel and he immediately showed a very strong pace straight out of the pits. Throughout the session he was setting quicker and quicker times, when the session ended he was in 1st position setting up a great opportunity for Will who was next up in the Pro qualifying session. Will continued where Stuart left off setting some very quick times, a small mistake in the final chicane on his fastest lap meant that he finished the session in 2nd place. However, with both times combined it gave the team their first ever GT4 pole.

Sunday morning brought the ten-minute warm up session. This allowed the cars to stretch their legs before the long two-hour race in the afternoon. The team used this as an opportunity to get in some valuable refuelling practice, as later in the afternoon would be their first time doing so within a race situation.

With warm up done there was a small break before the race later that afternoon.Champange_web.jpeg As Will set the slower of the two times by a small margin he started the race in the hot seat, as the flag dropped he floored it from pole position, however as they came into the first corner the 2nd place Ginetta managed to squeeze through pushing him out wide and allowing the McLaren through as well dropping him down into 3rd place.  After a hard battle during the opening laps Will managed to pull himself back into 2nd place. He then caught the back of the now 1st place McLaren putting him under pressure for a long period. He eventually managed to find his way through however when they got back onto the long start finish straight the McLaren’s superior straight line speed showed as he drove passed putting Will back into 2nd place. Will stayed in 2nd place right on the back of the McLaren until just over the hour mark when he pitted. The team went to work with a full fuel and tyre service along with a driver change with Stuart taking over. He immediately set out on the task of reeling in the McLaren and putting him under pressure. With just under half an hour to go Stuart managed to slip through under braking into turn two, with the Ginetta being quicker through the twisty section, he used this to his advantage and started to pull out a gap. With 25 minutes remaining on the clock a car stranded in the gravel trap brought out the safety car. This closed the field and took away the advantage Stuart had built up. When the safety car period ended with under 20 minutes on the clock Stuart carried onCharlie_GT4__web.jpeg with the quick pace he had shown throughout, pulling away from the rest of the GT4 field. When the two hours ticked over he had over a 9 second lead giving him, Will and HHC Motorsport their maiden British GT victory.

With a strong showing in the opening rounds Will and Stuart left Rockingham in the lead of the GT4 overall championship and the Silver Cup with HHC leading the teams championship. Next up for the British GT is Snetterton for rounds 4 and 5.

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British GT - Rounds 1 & 2 - Oulton Park

The opening rounds of the 2017 British GT season took place at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend. HHC Motorsport are fielding a one car entry in the GT4 category with Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton making the step up from the Ginetta Junior championship.

55-04_web.jpgPractice and qualifying took place on the Saturday. An accident in free practice left the team with a huge task to get the car ready in time for qualifying but, after a massive effort it was time for the AM class qualifying session. First out in the car to qualify was Tregurtha who showed a strong pace from the off and when the flag dropped he managed to secure a second place start for the first of the two races. Soon after the AM qualifying session finished it was time for the Pro class to qualify this time with Middleton at the wheel. Stuart managed to qualify the car in eleventh place in an extremely strong GT4 Pro class.

Bank holiday Monday, brought the morning warm up session and the two opening rounds of the championship. The warm up session was used to get the two drivers familiarised with the wet conditions that they faced for the rest of the day and another chance to practice the all important driver change.

For HHC Motorsport’s debut in the British GT championship we lined up 55-01_web.jpgsecond in the GT4 class with Will starting in his first ever GT race. He showed consistent pace throughout his stint dropping down into fourth after receiving contact. As the pit stopped window opened the team and Stuart got ready to call the car in for their first pit stop of the season. A smooth and fast pit stop got the car back out without losing any positions. A problem in the pits for the class leader and a stop go penalty for another car promoted Stuart who had taken over during the pit stop into second place which he held until the chequered flag .  A podium finish for the team in their British GT debut was a fantastic introduction to the series.

Race two came later in the afternoon in drying conditions. This time Stuart was first up in the car starting from eleventh. During his opening stint the tricky conditions caught Stuart out causing a spin in the first few laps. However, he quickly got his head down setting a blistering pace making up a number of positions before the pit stop window opened. As the window opened the team pitted early, another smooth and fast pit stop from the team put them back out in a strong position. Will continued where Stuart left off setting some very quick lap times.55-02_web.jpg Just as he began to make his way through the field a big accident in the GT3 category brought out the safety car, with the damage to the cars and tyre wall being so great the chequered flag was shown early.  Will finished sixth on the road however penalties for two cars promoted the team into fourth.

A very strong showing from both drivers and the team in the opening rounds put Will and Stuart third in the points standings. The next round of the championship is at Rockingham on 29th and 30th April with a two hour race.

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Ginetta GT4 Supercup - Rounds 4,5 & 6 - Donington Park

Donington Park brought three more rounds for Callum Pointon in the Ginetta SuperCup.  Callum came into the weekend sitting second in the points after a solid opening weekend.


Pointon-03_web.jpgCallum begun the weekend by setting some very quick lap times in the two free practice sessions. First up on the Saturday was qualifying, in a very competitive session Pointon finished in a respectable fourth place just a tenth of a second off the pole time.

Round four of the championship came later that day. Callum made a good start maintaining his fourth place off the line. Contact on the opening lap for Ben Green and George Gamble promoted Pointon into second place behind championship rival Carl Boardley. Throughout the race Callum was challenging for the lead at every chance he got meaning Boardley had to defend with all his might. As the chequered flag fell Callum finished second on the road however was promoted after the race to first after Boardley was hit with a five second penalty for track limits. This gave Pointon his first ever win in the Ginetta SuperCup.

Callum’s win put him on pole position for round five on the Sunday morning. Pointon-01_web.jpgHe got a quick get away off the line and set into his rhythm in the lead quickly gapping the rest of the field. However a safety car on the first lap for a stranded car allowed the field to bunch up again.  When racing restarted he quickly gained a second lead over the rest of the field until a small mistake allowed Tom Roche in second to close the gap on him. A move from Roche going into the first corner caused Callum to spin sending him tumbling down the field eventually finishing eleventh. 

Pointon start the third and final race of the weekend in ninth place towards the back of the pro field. However his strong pace in the wet saw him work his way through the field with some amazing overtakes. Callum’s pace was on show as he claimed the fastest lap ofPointon-04_web.jpg the race. When the chequered flag came Pointon had worked himself brilliantly through the pack into second place.

A strong weekend for Callum saw him leave Donington Park with the championship lead and another collection of SuperCup trophies to add to his collection.

Next up for the Callum and the SuperCup is Oulton Park on 20/21 May.

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Ginetta Junior Championship - Rounds 3,4 & 5 - Donington Park

Donington Park saw our five Ginetta Junior drivers take on a further three rounds.


McKenna-03_web.jpgQualifying took place on the Saturday morning in what was cold but dry conditions. A blistering lap time from rookie Scott McKenna put him in second place for race one, Tom Wood who was consistently quick throughout the session qualified in fourth, Charlie Digby managed a solid sixth place showing strong pace, rookie Ruben Del Sarte managed twelfth and Jordan Collard finished the session in fifteenth after having a lap time disallowed.

The first race of the weekend came later that afternoon.Wood-02_web.jpg A blistering start from McKenna in second saw him challenging for the lead going into turn one. A first lap incident saw the safety car scrambled meaning everyone had to settle into position. An action packed race saw a number of incidents and amazing overtaking moves. When the chequered flag dropped local racer Tom Wood finished in a solid fifth place, with Ruben Del Sarte claiming another rookie podium finishing ninth overall. Charlie Digby was caught up in an incident dropping him into eleventh and McKenna who was running well also had contact sending him down the order finishing in thirteenth. Contact saw Collard get stranded in the gravel trap ending his race.

DelSarte-01_web.jpgThe second race of the weekend was early on the Sunday morning. This was set to be a classic Ginetta Junior race. A very quick start off the line from Wood who started in third saw him challenging for the lead going into the first corner. However two separate incidents early into the race took out a number of challengers including Ruben Del Sarte and Charlie Digby. After a lengthily safety car period racing got back under way with just seven laps left to run. Wood and McKenna were involved in a five-car battle for second place, with positions changing nearly every corner. As two of the contenders tangled it left a three car battle for second with Wood, McKenna and Gamble all battling it out. As the flag fell Wood claimed second place at hisDigby-02_web.jpg home circuit and Scott claimed his maiden rookie win narrowly missing out on the overall podium. Collard who got caught up in the earlier accidents after colliding with a flying bonnet managed to bring the car home in eleventh place.

Race three of the weekend was run later that day with the drivers starting in their finishing positions from race two. Another good start from Wood saw him jump Harper off the line putting him in the lead before contact sent him wide and dropping him back into third. This put him back into a race long battle with McKenna and Collard-04_web.jpgJewiss for third place. Despite Wood finishing fourth on the road and McKenna fifth a time penalty for Harper promoted Wood onto the podium for the second time in the weekend and McKenna into fourth claiming second place in the rookie class. A strong battle through the field from Ruben Del Sarte from sixteenth on the grid saw him finish seventh overall and claiming another rookie podium. Jordan Collard got caught up in more issues during the race eventually finishing fourteenth and Charlie Digby was also was involved in contact that dropped him to the back of the field after coming into pits with damage eventually finished sixteenth.

Next up for Juniors is Thruxton on 6/7 May after a short break.

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Ginetta Junior Championship - Round 1 & 2 - Brands Hatch

HHC Motorsport this year again have a strong number of cars entered in the Ginetta Junior championship, five of them to be exact. Charlie Digby, Jordan Collard and Tom Wood all return for their second seasons in the championship. Rookies Scott McKenna and Ruben Del Sarte line up alongside them for the first rounds at Brands Hatch.

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Strong showing from all five drivers in Friday testing put the team in a good position going into the qualifying session on Saturday morning. Digby qualified in 6th, with the other four drivers lining up all together starting with Collard in 8th, McKenna showing good pace in his first qualifying in 9th, Wood in 10th and Del Sarte also showing good pace in his first qualifying rounding them off in 11th.

Ginetta_Junior_Field_web.jpegJust before the first round got underway later that afternoon, a sudden downpour made the conditions really difficult. All five drivers showed good pace during the race, Tom Wood managed to move himself through the field in spectacular fashion with a smash and grab 3rd place on the last lap giving him his first podium of the year. Digby showed good pace throughout the race but got unlucky and finished in 7th. Del Sarte came home 10th in his first ever Ginetta race, just narrowly missing out on a rookie podium. Collard got caught up in some drama that dropped him to the foot of the field but tried to battle his way back through eventually finishing in 14th. McKenna in his first ever race showed some lightening pace and some great overtakes were also thrown in, however the difficult conditions caught him out leading to a non-finish.

Race two took place in front of an action packed Brands Hatch crowd. A good start from all five drivers off the line set them up for a strong race. A great dive up the inside of two cars at Druids put Digby up into fourth place before having contact at Druids dropping him down the field. Whilst fighting his way back up he got caught up in more difficulty eventually finishing in 19th. Collard and McKenna also got caught up in a spot of trouble sending them down the order however a strong recovery froWood_podium_web.jpegm both ended with McKenna finishing in 12th and Collard in 13th.  Wood was involved in a race long battle with a number of cars including Del Sarte, in which both showed great pace and race craft. Wood was handed a time penalty for exceeding track limits putting him in 8th place as the chequered flag fell. Del Sarte in only his second race was battling for the rookie win towards the end of the race however a small mistake dropped him from 2nd in the class down to 3rd, however thus still gave him his first rookie podium.

Next up for the Juniors is a triple header at Donington Park.  

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Ginetta GT4 SuperCup - Rounds 1,2 & 3 -Brands Hatch

The opening rounds of the 2017 Ginetta GT4 SuperCup kicked off on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. This year HHC Motorsport is represented by a sole entry of Callum Pointon.

First up on the Saturday was qualifying. The times tumbled throughout the session with Callum finishing tin a respectable 5th place.
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Round 1 took place that afternoon, Callum had a quiet first race maintaining his starting position off the line and holding it for the rest of the race mainly unchallenged, showing some good pace to start the season.

Just before round 2 got going later on in the day the heavens decided to open making it the first wet race of the season. Problems on the grid for Ben Green in second promoted Callum to fourth before the race. When the lights went out Pointon got a fantastic start swiftly sweeping round the outside of Carl Boardley to move up into third place. A spin from George Gamble from the lead of the race then moved Callum into second place, with the great pace he had shown all race he maintained his position for his first podium of the year.
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Race three as always brought the reverse grid, dropping Callum down into fourth place for the start. A good get away put him on the back of Boardley straight away. Coming into Graham Hill bend on the first lap he completed a great dive up the inside to put him into third place. Callum was involved in a race long battle for third however a spin from Jack Mitchell on the second from last lap gave him another second place.

A strong start of the season meant that Callum walked away from Brands Hatch in second place in the championship.  Here’s what he had to say about his opening weekend ‘It was my first weekend with the team and it couldn’t of got off to a better start in Friday testing with a 1st and a 3rd. I didn’t make the most of the new tyres during in qualifying putting me in 5th. The first race was a standard race, hard to pass with everyone staying pretty much where they were. For the second race in the wet the Callum_Brands_podium_web.jpegteam and I got a great set up and the new tyres really allowed me to push and show some good pace. Race 3 was probably one of the hardest I have ever been in with all the safety cars, spins and big crashes made it difficult race. The spin from Mitchell in front of me at the end really topped it off. I am looking forward to Donington trying to continue with more podiums and getting to the bigger tracks with more room to overtake.

Next up for the SuperCup is Donington Park.

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Driver and Team Champions at Ginetta Awards 2016

Friday 25th November saw a plethora of awards being collected by HHC Motorsport and their drivers at the annual Ginetta Cars Awards Dinner, this year held at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield.


Will Tregurtha collected the Drivers’ Championship award after successfully sewing up the Championship with a round to spare, thus being able to enjoy the weekend at the final round at Brands Hatch knowing that he was the 2016 Ginetta Junior Champion. After 23 races this season Tregurtha had compiled a fantastic record of six wins, 13 podiums and 22 finishes inside the top five against some of the top young drivers in the sport. Tregurtha becomes the fourth driver to win the Championship while steering an HHC prepared car following in the footsteps of other successful Juniors, Charlie Robertson, Harry Woodhead and JaAwards-35_2_web.jpgmie Caroline.


Third place in the Championship went the way of other HHC ace Lewis Brown who like Tregurtha  racked up a number of successful statistics through the season with two race wins, 7 podium finishes and 4 fastest race laps to boot as well. Brown brought his three year spell in the Ginetta Junior Championship to a close by taking the very last race of the Championship at Brands Hatch in October. Brown saved his best ever Junior meeting for the very end converting second position in qualifying into a pair of top two race finishes.

Finally, HHC Motorsport collected the Team Championship award. Always a dominant force in the Ginetta Junior Championship with HHC cars at the front of the grid throughout the season it was welcome reward to what has been a successful 2016 teaming up with a number of Junior drivers who are sure to be at the sharp end of any future championships they may continue their motorsport careers

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HHC Motorsport announces British GT4 plans with exciting young drivers

Leading national motor sport team HHC Motorsport has announced its plans to enter the GT4 class of the 2016 British GT Championship.

On the back of its success in Ginetta Juniors, British F4 and subsequently British F3, HHC intends to tackle the GT4 class of the British GT Championship in 2017 with an exciting brace of young drivers.
TregurthaMiddletonweb.jpgWith the GT4 class being extremely popular, HHC has already paid its deposit to SRO for 2017 and has now entered the selection process that confirms which teams will be on the grid next season.
To underline its commitment to the championship, HHC has signed Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton for the 2017 championship. The two spent 2016 as fierce rivals in the Ginetta Junior Championship with Will winning the title for HHC Motorsport and Stuart finishing as his runner-up. Between them, 16-year-old Will and 17-year-old Stuart took 13 wins and 27 podium finishes during 2016 and now aim to advance their careers by teaming up together in GT racing.


HHC Motorsport boss Charlie Kemp said: “We are very excited about our plans to enter British GT in 2017. With Will and Stuart we have two very promising young drivers who have bright futures ahead of them and we are delighted that they have teamed up together to help advance us into British GT.
“We understand that SRO wants the best teams on the grid next season but we feel that with our track record and these two exciting young talents, we hope we put a very strong case forward to getting an entry for 2017. Drivers, car, budget and personnel are all in place and we now hope for as early commitment as possible from SRO so that we can start a testing programme and confirm ourselves as a serious GT team from round one. It is our long-term aim to run a second car in GT4 and also operate an entry in GT3 as well, so our commitments to SRO and the British GT Championship is an absolute one as we aim to make this our home for the foreseeable future.


“We have chosen to run a Ginetta G55 in GT4 and it is a car that we know inside out thanks to our time in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. This is a major commitment from all of us - team and drivers - and a big challenge. It is a step up for us into long-distance GT racing and it is the first time that two drivers will move straight from Ginetta Junior racing into British GT. We are sure that the spotlight will be on them but they have both proved to have plenty of ability and old heads on young shoulders and hence we believe that, together, we will be a major force in the GT4 class next year. It is our intention to be at the front of the GT4 grid at the first round and to challenge for the title.”
Previous stars to have raced for HHC Motorsport include Lando Norris, Charlie Robertson, Will Palmer and Harrison Newey, to name just a few while the team has achieved championship and race successes in each category that it has contested.

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Tregurtha Crowned Junior Champion

Will Tregurtha gave HHC Motorsport their fourth Ginetta Junior Drivers Championship victory at Silverstone this weekend (17/18 September) after the teenage racer cinched the title from his year-long rival Stuart Middleton. Elsewhere, Seb Priaulx celebrated his first race win, whilst Dave Wooder was victorious in the other two encounters.

Qualifying took place on a slippery and cold track after a light shower during the previous session. Harry King set tTregurtha_2016_champion_web.jpghe bar after five minutes with a provisional pole time of 1:17.151s, half a second clear of the rest of the field. As the sun came out and the session came to a close, the times began to improve.

It was all about the final lap as the pole position shootout came to a close. Priaulx took his second pole of the season as the track dried, with Wooder lining up alongside. As the racing got underway though, it was the experience of Wooder who saw him snatch the lead off the line, an advantage he retained to the flag.

Wooder’s success could be owed in some part to the incredible fight for second which unfolded behind. Priaulx held the position for a time, but was hassled by championship leader Tregurtha and Lewis Brown who moved into second and third respectively at the halfway point.

Fans were soon treated to an eight (yes, eight) way battle for second. Priaulx managed to get back into the position, where he remained to the flag, but Tregurtha and Brown were pushed down the order by their HHC teammate Fagg, who sliced past the pair to take third, and his second podium of the year.

With Priaulx claiming the Rookie class win, he was joined on the rostrum by Rockingham race winner King and championship newcomer Harry Dyson, whose result was made even more impressive by his turning 14 – and thus old enough to compete – just a few days ago.

In race two, it was Wooder vs. Priaulx off the line, with the pair running side-by-side into Maggots for the first time. Priaulx took the lead momentarily, but was shuffled down the pack by Brown who sneaked up the order after starting fourth.

Wooder dropped to third, but sneaked passed Priaulx at Woodcote to take the lead a lap later. King followed through and moved to second, demoting Priaulx to third. King then swept into the lead before Brown came back at him and launched an attack.

It was a frenetic few laps up front as the race neared it conclusion, with no less than seven cars battling for the lead. King looked like the favourite as Brown came under growing pressure from Priaulx and Perez. However, Wooder took everyone by surprise as he passed four cars on lap eight and swept into the lead ahead of King and Brown.

Wooder was then pushed wide, Brown took the lead before spinning and dropping to 16th leaving the door open for Priaulx to sweep through and take his maiden win. Wooder and King completed the podium following what was an absolutely epic final corner and an awesome photo finish.

Tregurtha lined up second on this grid for the final race of the weekend alongside teammate Fagg. With one hand on the championship, all Tregurtha needed was to finish ahead of Middleton (starting 18th) in order to be crowned champion. As racing got underway, Tregurtha led into Becketts for the first time as Wooder passed King to move to third.

Keeping his momentum, Wooder made his way past Tregurtha to take the lead whilst behind King passed Fagg and Priaulx to move into second. This battle set the tone for much of the race up front as the trio fought for third along with no less than seven other cars – allowing Wooder and Tregurtha to break away up front.

A brief safety car period momentarily halted the action after Greg Johnson went off into the gravel at Copse and needed recovering. A questionably slow restart from Wooder brought the cars back to racing speed on lap nine and this is where Middleton found his groove.

Having struggled all weekend, the former Ginetta Junior Scholar begun powering his way up the order. He climbed from 18th to fifth by the time the race entered its final stages, and although it wasn’t enough to keep his championship hopes alive, the result very much keeps him in second place in the standings.

As the race came to an end, the HHC Motorsport celebrations began as they celebrated their fourth Ginetta Junior Championship victory in five years, having previously ran Charlie Robertson (2012), Harry Woodhead (2013) and Jamie Caroline (2015) to victory.

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Tregurtha And Middleton Win In Thrilling Brands Hatch Ginetta Junior Opener

Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton shared the wins in a pair of action-packed races across the opening meeting of the 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend (02/03 April).

Both tasting victory for the first time in the main series, Middleton’s success in the live-televised second encounter treg_web.jpgsecures him the early championship lead after taking second place in race one.

Dave Wooder also starred across the weekend with a pair of podium finishes to sit second in the standings, while Max Bird and Ginetta Scholarship winner Daniel Harper took the Rookie Cup victories.

With half a second splitting the top sixteen cars in Friday’s free practice, all signs pointed to an incredibly close qualifying session and so it proved as Middleton secured pole position in his Douglas Motorsport Ginetta G40 by just over a tenth of a second.

A close-fought opening race saw Middleton, Tregurtha and Wooder trade the lead between themselves throughout, with Wooder holding the advantage through a mid-race safety car period after contact between Charlie Fagg and Lewis Brown at Paddock Hill.

At the restart, Tregurtha made his decisive move on Wooder into Druids and was able to edge clear of the pack in the closing stages en-route to his maiden championship race win, with Middleton moving up to second five laps from the end.

Bird took the Rookie Cup honours in fourth overall after battling for the outright podium positions throughout, with Tom Gamble and Cameron Roberts completing the top six after some close-fought battling throughout the fifteen minute encounter.

Harper and Geri Nicosia crossed the line next split by just six hundredths of a second, while the close nature of the race was also highlighted by the next eight cars being separated by two seconds, with Kyle Hornby and Jordan Collard rounding out the top ten.

The second race proved to be even more close-fought than the opener, with Tregurtha, Middleton and Wooder once again finding themselves battling at the head of the field – Tregurtha briefly leading from pole position before his adversaries worked their way past.

The top three were soon joined by Harper and the TJ Filters-backed driver moved past Tregurtha into the final podium position on lap seven, but the positions changed back three laps later and it became Roberts’ turn to challenge for the podium honours.

As 2015 Winter Series champion Middleton held off Wooder’s challenge to take the victory, there was drama at the final corner as Tregurtha and Roberts slid wide, allowing Brown to sneak past for third place to complete a stunning drive through from fourteenth on the grid.

Behind Roberts and Tregurtha, Harper completed the top six as the top rookie ahead of Nicosia and Gamble, while another great drive through the field came from Fagg, who rose from 22nd to 9th across the fourteen laps to complete the top ten with Seb Perez.

Following a superb opening weekend, the championship returns in a fortnight’s time (April 16/17) at Donington Park with the first of five triple-header meetings across the season.

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Tom Gamble Joins HHC Motorsport For Ginetta Junior Bid

Fourteen year old karting ace Tom Gamble will take the next step on the motorsport career ladder in 2016, as he switches his motorsport focus to a season in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship with HHC Motorsport, whilst continuing to appear in selected UK and European karting championships.

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Having begun his karting career at nine years old, Tom immediately stood out as one to watch. He has enjoyed an illustrious karting career which has seen him win races on both a national and international level and includes; two GP plates, victory in the TVKC Junior Championship at age 12, and a second, third and fourth place finish in Rotax Super One over the last three seasons.

No stranger to the Ginetta family, Tom’s older brother George finished third in the Junior championship in 2011 before going on to win the GT5 Challenge honours in 2014. With his sibling on hand to offer driver coaching, Tom will undoubtedly be aiming to become the second Gamble to cinch a Ginetta championship.

Tom Gamble, driver; “I’m really looking forward to making the step up to car racing. I’ve had a great start to my motor racing career in karts, and the move into the Ginetta Junior Championship with HHC Motorsport is ideal for progressing my motor racing career whilst I still keep a hand in with the karting.” 

Charlie Kemp, HHC Motorsport Boss; “We are delighted to have Tom joining the HHC Ginetta Junior Team. As our only rookie in the team we hope he can follow in his the footsteps of previous HHC drivers such as Matthiesen, Norris and Kellett, who have each taken the Ginetta Junior Rookie championship for us. Tom has serious karting pedigree and has already shown great pace in testing, with a fantastic ability to learn and apply new skills, so it will be great to watch his progress this season.”

We are delighted to have Tom joining the HHC Motorsport collective this season. There is no doubt he’s got plenty of raw speed and natural talent in karting, and I’m sure we can translate that into success behind the wheel of the G40! HHC Motorsport has a fantastic driver line up this year, and we have our sights firmly on a clean sweep of championship titles!”

Ashley Gallagher, Ginetta Championships Manager; “It’s great to have Tom following in his brother’s footsteps by joining the Ginetta family. He’s has a successful karting history and a great mentor in his older brother George, so we look forward to following his progress throughout the year.”

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Ismail ready to fight for title and declares new car “big step forward”

BRDC Formula 4 race-winner Omar Ismail is targeting the 2016 title after confirming he will return to the championship with HHC Motorsport, and is looking forward to racing the new Tatuus-Cosworth declaring it “a big step forward.”.


The 16-year-old has already tested the new, 230bhp-spec car and was thoroughly impressed with the machine which made its debut in the 2015 Autumn Trophy. “Last year’s car was a good car but this is a big step forward. In terms of times, it is really close to F3 cars and you can feel down the straights and around the corners that it has a really good aerodynamic package,” Ismail said. “It is quite physical and I think it is the perfect platform from junior formulas like MSA Formula or FIA F4, to F3 and GP3. It will provide a brilliant bridge to help breech the gap between those categories,” he continued.
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The Solihull youngster has already racked up five days of running behind the wheel and is pleased with the progress that he has made. Ismail said: “We did one day at Anglesey and four days in Valencia. It was a brilliant first day, the car felt great and I really got on with the team. Their structure was good with briefings, debriefings and set-up meetings. After that, we went to Valencia which did have its ups and downs but we worked well and I am now sure we are going to be up there in 2016.”

Having run Will Palmer to the 2015 title, Ismail feels that he can make just as big an impact with HHC Motorsport in 2016 and is aiming to deliver a second consecutive championship for the Harrogate based-outfit. “It feels exhilarating to sign with HHC. The main reason I signed with them is that they did such a good job with Will last year. I know I can be as good a driver as him and I know that with HHC I can win the championship. In other words, this is my season,” Ismail stated confidently.

He is realistic about the challenges he will face if he wants to emulate Palmer’s achievements of last year however. “Of course there are a lot of strong drivers coming in this year and it will be a really competitive championship but with HHC and how good they are, we can definitely show how good I really am. Names are names but at the end of the day, we are all on the same field, in the same car and we can all race. It won’t be about who has won the most titles before. It is all about the there and then.”

Ismail is working hard, both on and off track, in preparation for the opening round of the season at Snetterton on March 27/28 and for the year as a whole. “I will be in the gym preparing physically and mentally and we will be doing lots of testing, getting my head down and making sure we are right on the pace when the season starts,” he said. “With the new car all eyes will be on the championship. I can’t wait for it to start now and I’m sure it is going to be a really good season.”

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BRDC F4 Champion Palmer wins prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

Will Palmer, the 2015 BRDC Formula 4 champion, was announced as the winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award (MABA) at the end-of-season Autosport Awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London last night (Sunday 6 December).

The 18-year-old was selected as the winner by a panel of judges consisting of motorsport industry experts and claims the prize package which includes a cash sum of £100,000 and an invitation to test a McLaren Grand Prix car.

The MABA was established in 1989 to help progress the careers of outstanding young British racing drivers, with previous winners including David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Dario Franchitti. Palmer becomes the second BRDC Formula 4 Champion to claim the award, following on from 2014 Champion George Russell’s success in last year’s MABA. Since its inception in 2013, the BRDC Formula 4 Championship has had a strong presence in the award, with nine of the 14 drivers to have been nominated in the past three WP_Autosport_web.jpgyears having competed in the series; inaugural champion Jake Hughes and 2015 Autumn Trophy victor Ben Barnicoat were also nominated for this year’s MABA.

The other finalists for the life-changing award included Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and NEC Champion Jack Aitken, in addition to MSA Formula drivers Ricky Collard and Toby Sowery. The six nominees underwent fitness and simulator assessments before facing a rigorous two-day test on the Grand Prix track at Silverstone in Formula 2 single-seater, DTM Mercedes and McLaren 650S GT3 machinery. The sextet then faced interviews with a panel of experts before the judges consisting of BRDC President Derek Warwick, two-time British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato, McLaren's Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams, leading circuit commentator Ian Titchmarsh, Autosport features Editor Scott Mitchell and Motorsport News Editor Kevin Turner selected Palmer as the winner.

Palmer, who hails from Southwater in Sussex, enjoyed a stunning 2015 campaign in BRDC Formula 4, winning exactly half the races across the season with 12 victories in addition to three other podium finishes. He wrapped up the title with three races still left in the season and amassed a record points total, finishing 137 points of his closest rival and HHC Motorsport team-mate, Harri Newey.

Palmer said: “It's absolutely unbelievable. Every year I've seen the six finalists on stage and dreaming of one day taking part, it's an amazing opportunity.

"Now that I'm here as the winner, it's absolutely unbelievable.

"It's absolutely massive for my career."

BRDC President Derek Warwick added: “Will took our breath away. He impressed all of us.”

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Sennan Fielding rejoins HHC Motorsport for Duo BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy

Sennan Fielding will return to the BRDC Formula 4 Championship with HHC Motorsport to participate in the upcoming 2015 Duo BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy.

Fielding raced in the series in both 2013 and 2014, finishing fourth overall in the latter year and taking four victories, including an unprecedented clean sweep of wins on the Grand Prix track at Silverstone.
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The 19-year-old enjoyed a part season with Douglas Motorsport in 2013 before joining HHC Motorsport for 2014, where he enjoyed a strong campaign and was in title contention going into the very last race of the year. The Chesterfield-based driver competed in MSA Formula in 2015, winning three races and finishing fourth overall, ahead of his return to BRDC F4.

Fielding began his karting career at the age of nine, claiming titles at local and national level before graduating to cars at the end of 2010 in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series. He took seventh in the main championship in 2011, with one win and three podiums, before finishing as runner-up in 2012 having claimed five wins and 10 podium finishes.

Sennan Fielding said: "I'm really looking forward to being back in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, especially with the new car which has shown great pace in testing. I'm sure, as always in the championship, that the racing will be brilliant and hopefully myself and HHC Motorsport can be fighting right at the very front and challenging for the Autumn Trophy title."

Charlie Kemp, Team Principal of HHC Motorsport, commented: "We are absolutely delighted with Sennan returning to the team for the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy. It is a testament to the new-for-2016 car that drivers are returning to the championship to sample it and we are sure Sennan will do a great job."

The 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy gets underway with four races at Snetterton on November 7/8, before the final quartet of races take place on the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch on November 14/15. The Trophy will see the introduction of the all-new, more powerful Tatuus-Cosworth which will see BRDC Formula 4 become the perfect feeder series from FIA F4 to European Formula 3 and GP3.

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Caroline, Pirtek and HHC Motorsport take Junior Title

Pirtek Racing’s Jamie Caroline is celebrating victory in the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship after a tense and dramatic final race weekend at Brands Hatch.

Caroline, 16 years-old, was selected by Pirtek Racing and Andrew Jordan for support in the series for young racers and has raced with the HHC Motorsport squad. After his tenth victory of the season in the first race, he was hit with a jump start penalty during the second race and it seemed like the title had slipped away.

However, a penalty for another driver later moved Jamie up in the results and gave him enough points to match the total of Senna Proctor. With more race wins to his credit, Jamie takes the crown on the tie-break but it remains provisional until an MSA Court of Appeal rules on the penalty handed to Stuart Middleton.

Despite a five-place grid penalty following the Silverstone races, Jamie swept ahead in the opening race to score a commanding victory and set himself up to settle the title. However, starting from pole position for the later race Jamie anticipated the start and was judged to have made a false start. That led to a ‘drive-through’ penalty and he rejoined in 19th place. He only needed to finish 16th to win the title and was quickly up to 16th.

However, in another twist, the race was red-flagged due to an accident and not re-started. The results were taken back a lap, which put him back to 17th and seemingly second in the championship. Then, Middleton was later judged to have made a false start and was awarded a time penalty, which moved Jamie back up to 16th and gave him the extra point he needed to seal the tiJC_web.jpgtle.

“It was very dramatic,” said Jamie. “I knew I’d jumped the start and was waiting for the drive-through. But then there was no time left to do anything because of the red flag. It’s not the best way to finish the season and it took the moment away a bit. But we’ve won 10 races and the season has gone a lot better than we expected after the first three race weekends.”

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Champion Palmer named as McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist

Will Palmer, the 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Champion, has been selected as one of the six finalists for the prestigious 2015 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. Jake Hughes, the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Champion in 2013, has also been chosen as a finalist for the award, following a successful season competing in both Formula Renault ALPS and Eurocup this year.

18 year-old Palmer, the youngest driver to be nominated, will undergo fitness and simulator assessments before a twWP-Champ-14_web.jpgo-day test on the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone in Formula 2, DTM Mercedes and McLaren GT3 machinery. Both Palmer and Hughes will compete against four other highly-rated British single-seater racers to win the unrivalled prize, with the overall winner receiving a McLaren F1 test, £100,000 cash, full BRDC membership and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon crash helmet.

The other finalists include Hughes' fellow Formula Renault Eurocup title challengers Ben Barnicoat and Jack Aitken, plus MSA Formula driver Ricky Collard and 2014 MSV F3 Cup Champion Toby Sowery. The sextet was selected by a panel comprising BRDC President Derek Warwick, two-time British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato, McLaren's Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams, leading circuit commentator Ian Titchmarsh, AUTOSPORT features Editor Scott Mitchell and Motorsport News Editor Kevin Turner. The winner will be announced at the end-of-season AUTOSPORT Awards in London in December.

Will's nomination continues a strong trend of BRDC Formula 4 drivers' participation in the award. George Russell, Sennan Fielding and 2013 graduate Seb Morris were all selected in the final six in 2014, with that year's BRDC Formula 4 Champion Russell winning the prize.

Palmer said: "I am really looking forward to it and I think it will be an amazing couple of days. The cars that you get to drive there are awesome, especially the DTM car which I think is renowned for its level of grip for a tin-top car. In terms of challenging for the award, I think that George Russell showed that the F4 Champion can compete so I definitely will try and do as much as I can to beat the other guys. Obviously the other nominees are hugely talented and it will be tough but I will be doing everything I can to take the award."

Previous winners of the award include David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Dario Franchitti.
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Palmer ends 2015 season with 12th win of the season - CHAMPION

Will Palmer took a lights-to-flag victory in the final race of the 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship, with this year's title holder claiming his 12th win of the year.

He came home ahead of Harri Newey and Tom Jackson, with the duo claiming second and third behind Palmer in the overall standings respectively.
It was an allPalmer-03_web.jpg HHC Motorsport front-row as Will Palmer lined up on pole position ahead of his stable mate Harri Newey. Whilst Palmer had secured the championship at Donington Park in the previous round, the fight for second and third in the standings continued with Newey, Tom Jackson, Ciaran Haggerty and Rodrigo Fonseca all involved in the battle.


As the lights went out, both Palmer and Newey made clean getaways but Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Haggerty was swallowed up by cars behind as he made a slow start from third. It was the Chris Dittmann Racing car of Jackson who was most able to take advantage and he leapt up the order from sixth to take third into Paddock Hill Bend.
The 19 cars in the BRDC F4 field made it through the first few corners without incident but heading into Clearways, Chris Mealin, Omar Ismail and Fernando Urrutia all made contact with each other, putting the trio into retirement on the opening lap. The safety car was deployed to enable the marshals to clear up the incident and the rest of the pack was neutralised.


In the battle for second and third, Newey was set to take the runner-up spot with Jackson’s lightning start putting him in the box seat to claim third. After a number of laps with the safety car circulating at the head of the field, it pulled off and Palmer made a strong restart at the front. Further back, Lanan Racing’s Jack Bartholomew and Hillspeed’s Ameya Vaidyanathan ran in close order as the Lewes racer tried to overtake the Indian for ninth.


Palmer got his head down in the middle stages of the race and began opening up the gap to Newey behind. A succession of fastest laps saw his advantage increase to over three seconds as he hunted down his 12th success of the year. Newey meanwhile was coming under pressure from Jackson, who had managed to escape the attentions of Rodrigo Fonseca behind. The Maidstone racer trailed Newey by just 0.467s at one point before he dropped back as the race moved into the final stages.
South African Sisa Ngebulana was driving a strong race in fifth but he had a trail of cars behind him including Jack Lang, Jordan Albert, Haggerty, Vaidyanathan and Bartholomew. However, the HHC Motorsport man was able to defend stoutly and hold on to the position.


As the field headed on to its final lap, the order remained the same and Palmer took the chequered flag 5.665s ahead of Newey, with Jackson only three tenths behind in third. The top-three in the race would also prove to be the top trio in the championship standings and they were firstly presented with their race trophies by BRDC member Grahame White, before receiving their championship trophies from Duo BRDC Formula 4 Series Director Jonathan Palmer.
By winning the 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 title, Will Palmer secured the championship prize package which consists of £35,000 cash, a GP3 test drive with ART Grand Prix and a special Pirelli award of €50,000 if he graduates to the GP3 Series.


The race also marked the last appearance of the Ralph Firman-designed BRDC F4 car which will be replaced from the 2015 Autumn Trophy onwards by the all-new Tatuus-Cosworth car. The Autumn Trophy gets underway with the first four races at Snetterton on November 7/8.

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Newey closes on second in the championship with dominant Brands Hatch race two victory


Harri Newey claimed a dominant win in race two at Brands Hatch, his second victory of the year, as he came home over eight seconds clear of Jack Lang and Rodrigo Fonseca to close on the runner-up spot in the 2015 championship. With second, Lang took his best result of the season as Mexican Fonseca stepped on to the podium for the second time this weekend at the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit in Kent.


Owing to his eighth place finish in race one of the weekend on Saturday, HHC Motorsport’s Newey started from pole position and made a good getaway as the race began to lead comfortably into Paddock Hill Bend. Fellow front-row starter Lang, driving for his family run Lang Sport/Gorse Motors outfit, held on to second with Jordan Albert making a great start to snatch third from South African

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Sisa Ngebulana. Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty lost a place to Rodrigo Fonseca and dropped to sixth as Lanan Racing’s Jack Bartholomew jumped up to seventh, having started in ninth.

Newey began to extend his lead at the front and he started pulling out a gap on Lang, leading by over two seconds by the end of lap three. Further back, Manxman Chris Mealin slid down the inside of 2015 Champion Will Palmer at Graham Hill Bend to take eighth. Up front, Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Albert closed on Lang but couldn’t find a way past, which allowed Mexican Fonseca, who finished third in race one, to join the battle.

As the battles continued throughout the field, Newey continued to build up his lead and by lap 10, had established an advantage of nearly five seconds over Lang. The squabble for second changed at that point, with Fonseca passing Albert to move into the final podium spot in third. Palmer meanwhile finally broke through the defences of Chris Mealin to reclaim eighth, and with clear air began setting fastest laps to reel in Mealin’s team-mate, Jack Bartholomew, in seventh.

The race moved into its closing stages as barely half-a-second covered Lang, Fonseca and Albert in second, third and fourth respectively as they battled over the final two podium spots. Palmer continued his progress up the order to pass Bartholomew and he was soon on the back of his HHC Motorsport team-mate Sisa Ngebulana, overtaking the South African into Paddock Hill Bend with just five laps remaining.

At the front, Newey continued completely untroubled and took the chequered flag at the end of the 25-lap race 8.522s ahead of Lang in second, who drove superbly to take his best result of the year. Fonseca, much like in race one, settled for third with Albert fourth and Ciaran Haggerty fifth. Will Palmer finished sixth ahead of Ngebulana, as Bartholomew, Mealin and Fernando Urrutia rounded out the top-10.

The trio stepped on to the podium to be presented with their trophies by Nissan LMP1 driver and BRDC member Harry Tincknell.

In the championship standings, Newey now has a 30-point cushion over third-placed Tom Jackson, with a maximum of just 35 points available in the final race of the year, as he closes in on the runner-up spot in the 2015 series. Jackson’s third place is now under threat with Ciaran Haggerty only three points behind in fourth, with Fonseca a further five points further adrift in fifth.

 

 

Hat-trick Hero Palmer Scores Snetterton Treble

After a successful season in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship the HHC Motorsport team headed to Snetterton in Norfolk for the first meeting of the winter series.

Having finished sixth in the 2014 championship Will Palmer continued with the Yorkshire based team and was partnered by two newcomers to the series; Former KF2 European Karter Zubair Hoque and Harri Newey, son of ReRace2Start-01_3.jpgd Bull F1 designer Adrian. Palmer qualified second in the damp conditions on Saturday morning with his team mates, Newey and Hoque, sixth and ninth respectively.  Palmer turned that into a double victory having set the fastest lap in both races.  Whilst his first race win was inherited by a ten second penalty, Palmer did catch and challenge the leader having fallen back at the start.  Both Newey and Hoque improved on their qualifying positions to take a brace of fifth and seventh place finishes.


The track was wet for qualifying on Sunday morning. Palmer was second fastest once more. Hoque improved on his final lap to go fourth with Newey fifth.  Palmer broke clear at the front of the first race on Sunday taking victory by over fifteen seconds. Hoque initially held a podium position but a mistake in the middle of the race meant he slipped back to fifth.  Newey battled throughout the race to overSNFRIRace3Podium-01_3.jpgcome a difficult first lap and come home in fourth. The last race of the weekend was held on a drying track and the entire gird elected to use the slick tires for the first time that day.  Palmer lead off the line but fell back to second later in the lap where he remained to the finish.  Newey initially fell back to eighth but regained seventh on lap three.  Two laps later he moved back into sixth which he held through to the flag. Hoque fell to ninth on the first lap and remained there to the finish.

Afterwards Palmer said “It’s been a really good weekend and sets us up in a strong position for two weeks’ time.  The last time we raced on the (Brands Hatch) Indy circuit we took a pole and win.  I’m hopeful that I can come back and take more poles, more wins and keep the championship.”
As it stands Palmer sits twelve points clear at the top of the standings with four races remaining.  Newey is currently fifth but only four points off fourth position.  Likewise, Hoque holds seventh in the title race, only four behind the sixth placed driver. 

The BRDC F4 Winter Series will be decided at Brands Hatch on the 22nd and 23rd November.


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HHC Motorsport are Ginetta GT4 Supercup CHAMPIONS

The HHC Motorsport team arrived at the Brands Hatch GP circuit to contest the final rounds of the Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

LN_and_JK_Brands_GP_team.jpgBoth James Kellett and Lando Norris set the benchmark times in testing on Friday but it was Norris who took pole position for the two races.  Kellett lined up directly behind him in 3rd.  Immediately into second Kellett began to close the gap on the early race leader, however after two laps of racing a red flag brought the race to a finish with James 2nd and Lando 9th after a difficult opening lap. 

The result also sealed Kellett’s second place finish in the 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship.  One title was still available in the final round – the rookie championship.  Norris only needed to beat his closest series rival to win but duly beat the whole field to take the title.


It was Jamie Orton who shone in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup qualifying session with 3rd on the grid.  Charlie Robertson put in the 6th fastest time.  Robertson converted his starting position into a podiuJO_Brands_GP.jpgm result with Orton slipping back to 5th.  The second race of the weekend would be a pivotal one, first an engine issue ruled Orton out of the final two races.  From a third place grid slot Robertson stayed in position to not only take his 19th podium of the season but also the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship crown, his second title with Ginetta and the HHC Motorsport team.  To finish his season offCR_Brands_GP_champ.jpg in style he then won the reverse grid race from 4th on the grid.

That finishes the 2014 Ginetta BTCC Support season with only the Ginetta Junior winter series remaining at Snetterton on the 8th and 9th November.  The HHC Motorsport team would like to congratulate Charlie Robertson and Lando Norris on their respective title and James Kellett for finishing 2nd in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

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Sixth 1-2 of the season for HHC Motorsport Ginetta Junior Drivers

The HHC Motorsport team returned to action at Silverstone for round nine of the Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

JK_P1.jpgAfter a copy book qualifying session Leeds based Junior driver James Kellett had two pole positions in the bag ahead of the weekends racing.

The HHC driver had a race long battle in race one but managed to cross the line in second place, with team mate Lando Norris narrowly missing a podium in 5th position.

Going into the second race, back in pole position, Kellett had it all to play for. After an average start Kellett found himself further back than he would have liked but the determined young driver fought his way back to the front before driving away from the pack with conviction. After the race Kellett said, "I went into the second race with a bit more determination and was able to pull a lead and take the win."
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Kellett’s margin was 1.7 seconds at the flag to his newly crowned Karting World Champion team mate Norris, who said "I gained loads of places throughout the two races and to take a podium at Silverstone in the second race is pretty special."  Kellett went on to say "I'm really pleased with two podium finishes, I've been the fastest all weekend and throughout testing. It's been an awesome week for me and I can't wait until Brands Hatch."

This race saw the 6th HHC Motorsport one-two of the 2014 Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship. Five of these have gone the way of last years’ Rookie Champion Kellett but hopefully following the next, and final, round HHC Motorsport may have another Rookie Champion in Norris.  

In the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Jamie Orton had one of his best qualifying performances to date, recording a time that placed him second on the grid. By his own admission his first getaway was less than ideal and this forced him down the order.  He went on to take a brace of sixth place finishes. 
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Charlie Robertson had his goals set from the off, "coming into the weekend I wanted to build the championship lead." After qualifying fourth, a series of late braking overtaking manoeuvres on his championship rival allowed him to take two third places. "I've beaten my rival twice and we're looking good to take the championship at Brands Hatch."

The final round in the season will take place at Brands Hatch on the 11th and 12th October.  As both championships come to a close both Robertson and Kellett can win their respective championships next weekend. Follow the teams build up to the weekend via the Twitter and Facebook channels."

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Record breaking weekend at the Rock

HHC Motorsport enjoyed a weekend of breaking records in the Ginetta Junior and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Rockingham.

Qualifying in the JK__LN_Podium_Rockingham.jpgGinetta Junior championship yielded a HHC Motorsport front row lock out, the seventh of the season.  Lando Norris headed the field at the end of lap one whilst James Kellett was sixteenth.  After a race long battle Norris crossed the line in eighth, whilst Kellett completed a spirited drive back through the pack to finish on the final step of the podium.  Kellett was later reprimanded for a jump start and given a thirty second penalty. 

The second encounter saw Kellett start from the front of the grid which was where he remained for the duration despite challenges on the first two laps.  Norris, meanwhile, progressed from 6th to 2nd eventually following his team mate home for a fifth one two finish for the HHC Motorsport team this season.

“I didn’t have the best of first laps but I was able to bring myself back up to third position which was an awesome result considering the opening lap, I’m gutted that the penalty effectively erased my hard work.  The second race was much better, I got a good start and pushed to the limit, it’s great to get another win.  I knew I needed the points and it puts us in a good position for the final two rounds.”JO_Rockingham.jpg

Charlie Robertson set a new record in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup with his sixth pole, the most any driver has achieved in a season.  Jamie Orton qualified his HHC Motorsport car in fifth.  He ran into trouble on lap one and retired to save his tyres for race two. Charlie created a gap at the front and maintained it to the flag to take his seventh win of the season. 

Another blinding start gave Robertson the lead in race two, Orton made up a number of places until a safety car was deployed on lap five.  After the restart Robertson fell back into second which he held to the flag.  Orton continued to make places to finish sixth having started fourteenth.

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Commenting on his record breaking weekend Robertson said, “It has been a splendiferous weekend where I’ve increased my championship lead.  The set up of the car enabled me put it on pole and race one was fairly straightforward from there.  In the second race I had to think about the championship so I didn’t put up much of a fight with Andrew (Watson).  We’ve now got a healthy lead going into the last two rounds.”

 

The championship heads to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the championship. Be sure to stay up to date via social media with the team’s preparation for the Ginetta Junior Championship and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup’s return to action on the 27th and 28th of September.

 

One Two Weekend for HHC

HHC Motorsport returned to Ginetta racing in fine style after the mid-season summer break. In the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Jamie Orton joined the Boroughbridge based team alongside championship leader Charlie Robertson.  Lando Norris looked to replicate his Croft performance whilst James Kellett had his sights set on climbing the championship order.

Orton made an instant impact in the first practice session of the weekend by setting the fastest lap. Qualifying set the tone for his weekend when BRDC rising star Robertson took pole with team mate Orton sixth. 

After a lightening start the Investigo car of Robertson moved clear at the front and continued to build the gap to the finish, Orton held position to come home in sixth.  Starting from their finishing positions in race one the Whyteleafe teenager took the lead from the off taking another lights to flag victory.  Orton got involved in the battle for fourth position eventually claiming sixth at the finish. CR_Snett.jpg

With the front four reversed for the final race it was an all action first lap.  From fourth place Robertson moved into second and Orton from sixth to fourth.  At the midway stage Robertson started to plan his move for the lead, Orton meanwhile was entering a battle for fourth place.  Moving into the final two laps the Blow Creative car of Orton fell to fifth.  A move for the lead around the outside at Brundle sent Robertson into a spin, he had to pit later that lap dropping him to ninth at the finish.


In the Ginetta Junior Championship Lando Norris put in the fastest lap on a dry Snetterton circuit with team mate Kellett only 0.297 seconds behind.  Kellett, sponsored by Wild Cat energy drink, made the best jump and took the lead at turn one as Norris slotted into second.  The HHC duo pulled a four second lead  bJK_leads_LN_Snett.jpgefore the safety car was deployed.  The race finished under the race directors orders which meant Kellett and Norris took the first HHC Ginetta Junior one two of the season. 

Norris started from pole for race two due to setting the best second fastest lap in qualifying.  The best start was again made by Kellett who opened a gap in the first half a lap.  Norris soon started to apply the pressure and at mid race distance made the decisive move, Kellett fell to third in the process.  The Wild Cat car regained the position within the lap and began to hassle Norris who remained unflustered to the flag for another HHC Motorsport one two finish.LN_leads_JK_Snett.jpg


Knockhill will host the next round of the Ginetta Junior Championship and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup on the 23rd and 24th of August.  As HHC Motorsport makes the annual trip to Scotland the team’s facebook and twitter will provide regular updates on the build up to the next round.

 

HHC Motorsport: “Our great debut in single-seaters”

“Our best season ever.” So says HHC Motorsport team boss Charlie Kemp after a tremendous debut season in the BRDC F4 championship.

Hyman-05.jpgThe Harrogate-based squad was one of the first teams to sign up for the new BRDC F4 Championship, run by MSV. In its maiden season of single-seater racing, HHC Motorsport ran Ginetta Junior champion Charlie Robertson, karting ace Raoul Hyman and Brazilian Gustavo Lima in the BRDC F4 Championship. The single-seater rookies took three wins, two second places and three third-place finished en route to third, seventh and fourteenth in the championship for Charlie and Raoul respectively.
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To round out its season, HHC tackled the F4 Winter Series, where drivers Sennan Fielding and single-seater newcomer Will Palmer each took a win. Sennan backed his up with a second place and two thirds, while Will took a third place as his next-best result. That placed Sennan third and Will fifth in the championship standings.

Fielding-005.jpgSaid Charlie Kemp: “Our maiden season of single-seater racing was a great success as we were able to compete against more experienced single-seater teams and to secure three wins is a great effort and we look forward to moving further forward next season, especially on the back of our success in the Winter Series.

“We are all set for a busy and successful 2014 but we will have to have a really good year to top 2013!”

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Palmer takes the Championship

HHC Motorsport headed to Brands Hatch for their final racing weekend of the 2014 season.  Having taken three wins at Snetterton just two weeks previously Will Palmer was on track to take the Winter Series crown for the team.

Qualifying took place on Saturday morning with the HHC drivers, Will Palmer and Zubair Hoque, setting the fifth and seventh fastest times respectively.  Palmer made a place at the start of a wet race one whilst team mate Hoque fell to eighth.  Palmer fell to the back after an off at Paddock Hill bend but then began a charge back through the field setting multiple fastest laps on-route to a sixth place finish.  Hoque made progress througWP_Champ_web.jpghout the race to come home in fifth. The pair started fifth and sixth for the second race, which remained wet.  Palmer bolted to third off the line passing his closest title rival.  He lost two positions in the opening laps but found his pace at mid-race distance.  As Hoque picked up wing damage, Palmer picked up fastest laps and moved back to fourth, before reclaiming the final position on the podium.  Hoque continued to circulate finishing a lap down in seventh.


Another lightening start in race three moved Palmer into second position.  Despite losing time on the leader he posted the fastest lap towards the end of the race, giving him the title lead goiWP_wet_web.jpgng into the final encounter.  Hoque held sixth for most of the race but finished seventh after a battle in the final two laps of the race. Starting from pole gave Palmer the best opportunity to take the race win and the championship.  Contact at turn one left him in fourth place but he showed his reliance and again staged two overtaking moves to place second on lap thirteen.  The leader spun at turn one which brought out the safety car.  After the safety car pulled in Palmer surged away at the front of the field and took the BRDC F4 Winter Series Championship.  Hoque took sixth in the final race moving him to fifth in the championship.


Afterwards an ecstatic Palmer said “It’s really good to win the Winter Championship.  We’ve come off the back of a strong first season in F4 so it’s been really good to secure the title.

Palmer went on to saTeam_P1_web.jpgy, “This championship success puts me in a good position for next year. I know the team are in really good shape, they’ve done an excellent job. At Snetterton, obviously the car was really strong. At Brands we struggled a bit to start off with in the wet yesterday but I think it's testament to the team’s engineering skill that we’ve come through that and we’ve ended up with the fastest lap in the last two races. I think that goes to show how good a team they are.”


The HHC Motorsport team are now looking forward to the 2015 season which promises more success in the Kick Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship, Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup and BRDC Formula 4 series.  For more information on drives with the team for next season contact Charlie Kemp on charlie@hhcmotorsport.com