|Robinson continues impressive GT5 Challenge run|
Amateur driver Robinson was the fastest of TCR's Ginetta GT5 trio in qualifying on Saturday morning, securing fourth on the grid for race one a mere 0.033 seconds shy of the top three. Chapman, who missed Friday testing and for whom qualifying marked his first appearance at Croft in a GT5 Challenge car, was a lower than expected eighth while Collinson was 12th overall – second in 'Am'.
Making an excellent start to Saturday's race, Robinson climbed into third overall and although elbowed back to fourth at Tower on lap one he was elevated back into the top three on corrected times soon after as a result of a time penalty for Ryan Hadfield.
On lap six, an excursion for Jonathan Hadfield then hoisted Robinson into the outright top three again and second on corrected times and he ultimately ended the race third overall, with Ryan Hadfield earning the 10 seconds back, to secure his first overall podium and a clear Am victory.
Collinson climbed into the overall top 10 on corrected times by the end of lap two and ran as high as ninth overall, before Hadfield's time recovery edged the TCR driver back to 10th overall. Enjoying one of his best performances of the season, Collinson held second in class until the penultimate tour on lap 11 when he slipped to third in 'Am' and 11th overall behind rival Glen Broster.
For Chapman, race one was a frustrating encounter. Making a great start from the line, he was delayed by a slower car immediately ahead but quickly moved up into seventh place and then sixth as a result of Hadfield's time penalty. Although edged to seventh, he earned his top six spot back before an unfortunate excursion on lap eight and ultimately ended the race seventh overall.
Robinson began race two on Sunday from third but was bundled back to sixth on the run into the first corner. Remaining there to lap seven, the slightest drift offline at Hawthorn meant his pace was compromised and Robinson slipped to seventh before then being passed for eighth into Tower as a result of his lost momentum. He eventually finished the race in ninth, but with another 'Am' win.
Team-mate Chapman started the contest in seventh but hopes of making progress through the first corner were hit, literally, after some contact. Although able to thread through Clervaux intact, the TCR driver held position to the end of the lap but was passed under yellow flags at the hairpin, which dropped him to 10th. Determined to hit back, Chapman ended another frustrating race in seventh.
Collinson produced another strong performance and his second 'Am' podium with a great second place in class. Lining-up in 11th position overall, the first year Ginetta GT5 driver held station for almost the entire 15 lap duration and was only shuffled back to 12th place on the penultimate tour.