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Andrew Watson's title challenge remains on track after eventful race weekend at Knockhill

Nineteen-year old Andrew Watson from Co Tyrone remains in contention for the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup title after another weekend in action.

The young driver sits in third place in the drivers championship, chasing down a 92 point lead enjoyed by race leader Charlie Robertson, with just three race weekends remaining.

On Saturday, after a close qualifying session, Watson qualified in third place. However, an early incident on the first lap of race one meant that the safety car had to be deployed. The race was later disrupted for a second time due to heavy rainfall, with the safety car returning to the track again. Andrew was demoted to sixth by being hot wide into the gravel, an incident which in his opinion was due to the track not being safe to race on, Watson finished up in sixth place.

Talking about the day's racing, Watson said: "Qualifying was very close. It shows how competitive all of the drivers are so I was happy to qualify third. The race itself was very stop start and we followed the safety car for six to seven laps due to the bad weather and therefore there wasn't much of an opportunity for us to race."

Watson started race two on Sunday morning in sixth place. After 10 laps Andrew had climbed to fourth place and was pushing hard for a podium position. But despite his best efforts to finish on the podium, Will Burns held onto third place, with Andrew taking fourth.

Watson said: "It's not an easy track to overtake on so I was very happy to finish in fourth place."

Race three on Sunday afternoon was an enthralling one, in which Watson started in third place. The race ended in disappointment for the young driver though.

Up until lap 11, a five car train of Watson in second, Breeze, Robertson and Burns were on the tail of the leader Davenport. Watson put the leader under immense pressure but the United Autosport driver held on for the victory.

However, a five second penalty for exceeding track limits meant that despite finishing in second place on the track, Watson had to settle for seventh position.

Speaking about the final race of the weekend, Watson, whose sponsors include Woking Shopping Centre, Westland, Donnelly Group and Adoreboard, said: I'm very disappointed, but that's racing."

He added: "It was a very competitive weekend. I'm still in with a chance of winning the championship and whilst not everything went our way this weekend, we will keep trying our hardest and will come back fighting."

Watson, originally from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, races as part of the Douglas Motorsport team. This is his second season racing in the Ginetta Supercup, following an impressive debut last year.

Watson will next be in action at Rockingham on September 6-7.

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