HILLSPEED’s motor racing sensation Pepe Massot secured his maiden car racing victory at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk, during round 11 of the Ginetta Junior Championship, the result also marking the Hathersage-based squad’s first win of 2012, lifting the teenager into the series top four.
Massot, who has been inching ever closer to an outright victory as his debut season has progressed, was in the right place at the right time during the first of the weekend’s races to profit from contact between leaders Charlie Robertson and Ollie Chadwick.
Running in a highly competitive third place, hot on the heels of the duo, 16-year-old Massot piled on the pressure as his two more experienced rivals dueled.
Then, at the chicane on lap four, he was able to sweep through into first place.
“It’s very exciting and I’m very happy I’ve done this at the first race my mum has been to see – it’s really special” said Massot. “At this circuit, it’s really important you have to wait, study things and then attack.
“We benefited from the incident with [Charlie] Robertson and [Ollie] Chadwick but on the last two laps I could pull away.”
Keith Donegan maintained eighth in the championship following the weekend’s two races at Snetterton but his hopes, and those of series debutant Freddie Lee, were unfortunately compromised by problems with overheating, an issue which struck several drivers during the event.
Hillspeed’s team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: ““It’s been a massive learning curve for Freddie this weekend.
“Coming from club racing onto the BTCC package is a massive step and there was a huge amount of information to take in.
“He did a good job though, was great to work with, and we hope to see him back out for Knockhill on August 25-26.”