Kellett and Pointon start season with deserved silverware

Kellett and Pointon start season with deserved silverware

In the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Kellett got his maiden weekend in the category off to an ideal start in the damp qualifying session with pole position, while team-mates Pointon and Robinson started fourth and 12th on the grid respectively for race one of the year.

No sooner had the action begun, the race was red flagged following an unfortunate multi-car collision in the mid-pack at the exit of Old Hall. At the re-start, Kellett slipped to second place off the line but battled back into the lead on the opening lap. Pointon held onto his top four placing, running closely behind the lead trio, while Robinson progressed smartly into the top 10.

With the leaders trading positions, Pointon looked poised to pounce and on the second tour he confirmed his pace with fastest lap. Into the fourth tour, Kellett ran in second place – having taken fastest lap himself – with Pointon still fourth, but as the field headed out of Lodge at the end of the lap Kellett’s car got out of shape and he ended up in the barriers.

Pointon, therefore, inherited third place for a terrific podium but team-mate Robinson had similar fortunes to Kellett. Having worked his way into ninth place on lap two, a great performance, he was forced out following a tangle.

For round two, Kellett was determined to make amends and starting on pole he was in the perfect place to do something about it. Maintaining first place ahead of Stewart Linn, the latter stayed within striking distance and on the seventh tour he passed the TCR driver. Not done, Kellett hit-back into the last corner on the eighth and final lap to take his maiden Ginetta GT5 Challenge win.

While Pointon’s hopes of a second podium in as many races went awry on lap one following contact, he battled back superbly after a pit-stop to finish round two in 11th position. Robinson, meanwhile, enjoyed a superb race and sliced his way through from 12th place into seventh position at the finish.

For the third race, Kellett again started at the head of the grid but was elbowed down to third on the first lap and had to work hard in his quest for another victory. Moving into second on lap two, midway through the 10 lapper he grabbed the lead and pulled away to a dominant five second win.

Pointon was similarly impressive and after starting in 11th, as per his finishing position from race two, the Staffordshire driver scythed his way through into the top four and then capped a great drive by taking third place on the final lap at the expense of Luca Hirst. Although Robinson was elbowed down 12th on lap one, he recovered strongly to cap a great weekend with seventh place.

“Challenge has been awesome this weekend, it’s what we expected with two strong drivers like James and Callum in the team”, said TCR’s Lee Brookes, “It should have been three wins, but we’ll take the two and we’ve been impressed with Ian too – he achieved much more than we thought he would after so long away from racing.”