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TITLE CHALLENGER ROBERTSON ATTRACTS INVESTIGO SPONSORSHIP AHEAD OF NEW SEASON

TITLE CHALLENGER ROBERTSON ATTRACTS INVESTIGO SPONSORSHIP AHEAD OF NEW SEASON

Ginetta Junior Championship racer Charlie Robertson, one of the undoubted favourites for the 2012 title, has received a major boost ahead of the first two rounds of the new season having attracted key support from two hugely successful UK businesses – Investigo and Ria Capital Markets.

Ahead of the opening race meeting of the year at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent next weekend, 31st March/1st April, the 15-year-old from Whyteleafe in Surrey is raring to go with the front-running HHC Motorsport team after a sensational maiden car racing campaign in 2011.

Ending his debut season in Ginetta Junior as Vice-Champion with three race wins to his credit and nine podium finishes in total, the then 14-year-old made history as the youngest ever winner of an MSA regulated car race in the UK. In the subsequent Winter Series, he won two of the four races.

Since then, Charlie has been invited onto the MSA Academy programme for talented young racers and was also placed third in the Motorsport News & lsquo;Fast 50 – Drivers to Watch 2012’ in expectation of a truly sensational second season for the Caterham School pupil.

“I really can’t wait for the season to begin now”, said the teenager, “We’ve had a good winter, preparing really well with HHC for a strong push for the championship. That’s our only aim and goal for this season, I want to win as many races as possible but the main thing is the championship.

“Brands Hatch Indy was the first track we raced at last year and in my first Ginetta Junior race I set the fastest lap and then went quicker in race two to set a new lap record. It’s a track that holds a lot of good memories so we’re feeling pretty confident for next weekend.”

Investigo and Ria Capital Markets – prestigious support for 2012

Charlie’s sponsors, Investigo and Ria Capital Markets, are prime movers in the recruitment and financial services sectors respectively. Investigo, a hugely successful consultancy based in central London, works with leading blue chip companies in the capital and the Home Counties – including household names such as Nike, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Homebase, BT and Argos.

Ranked 17th in the & lsquo;Fast 50’, a listing of the fastest growing private recruitment businesses in the UK, and fifth in the publication’s & lsquo;Hot 100 Recruitment Consultancies’, Investigo has also been featured in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 on three occasions.

Speaking on the decision to join Charlie’s sponsorship portfolio, Director and Founding Partner, Simon Smith said: “Investigo is delighted to be sponsoring Charlie, we believe in finding top tier talent for our clients and Charlie certainly fits with our company ethos. His fast track achievements to date are outstanding and we’re pleased to be backing such a highly credited young driver.”

Edinburgh-based Ria Capital Markets is an independent securities broker which provides financial institutions with expert advisory and execution services. Established to work with businesses in the Scottish capital’s thriving financial community, Ria has since become a broker of true international standing and, as such, also has offices in the heart of London.

“It really is a fantastic honour to have the support of two very successful British companies at such an early stage in my career”, said Charlie, “This is going to be a very important season for me and to know I have such prestigious backing really is a great boost. I’m raring to go!”

Following pre-event testing at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit next Friday, 30th March, an additional practice run and the all-important qualifying session will follow on Saturday, 31st March. Round one of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship will get underway at 11.00 on Sunday, 1st April, with the second race of the weekend scheduled to commence at 16.20.

The raceday action will be screened live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 and ITV4HD while simultaneously streamed online at www.itv.com/touringcars 

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