Northern Ireland's Andrew Watson back in the title race at Supercup
Driver Andrew Watson was in action again at the weekend in the Ginetta GT Supercup and, after an impressive weekend of racing, finds himself in third place, challenging for the title.
The 19-year-old Co Tyrone man got off to a great start at Rockingham Circuit in Northamptonshire and, after finishing fastest in practice, went on to qualify in second place. A three place grid penalty however, picked up by the young driver during his previous weekend of racing at Knockhill Circuit, pushed him back down to P5, where he began race one of the weekend.
In the first race of the weekend, Watson, whose sponsors include Woking Shopping Centre, Westland, Donnelly Group and Adoreboard, managed to force his way up into fourth place. But despite an impressive drive, he was unable to move further up the field and ended race one in P4.
“The penalty from Knockhill didn’t help. It put us on a bit of a back foot but we just had to focus and do what we could to push on,” he said.
Just hours before the final race of the weekend Andrew learned of the sad news of his uncle Rodney's sudden death, but Andrew was encouraged by all his family to take part in the last race in the spirit of what his uncle’s wishes would have been.
The young driver managed to get off to a good start in race 2 of the weekend and, after two laps, moved his way up into second place. Chasing down championship leader, Charlie Robertson, Watson went on to take the lead, which he successfully held on to, enjoying a dominant first place finish to round off the weekend.
On taking his third win of the championship, the Douglas Motorsport driver said:
“It took everything I had to pull myself together and concentrate on that final race. I gave it everything I had, physically, mentally and emotionally.
“When I crossed the line I really was overcome with emotion. I want to dedicate the win to my uncle, who loved all kinds of racing.”
Watson is now in third place in the Ginetta GT Supercup, with just two race weekends remaining.
Watson will be back in action on 27th and 28th September at Silverstone.
Belfast Telegraph Digital