DONINGTON TEST CONFIRMS HERRON'S WINTER CUP HOPES Saloon car sensation Andrew Herron remains confident of challenging at the front of the field during Saturday's opening two rounds of the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup Winter Championship after...
DONINGTON TEST CONFIRMS HERRON'S WINTER CUP HOPES
Saloon car sensation Andrew Herron remains confident of challenging at the front of the field during Saturday's opening two rounds of the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup Winter Championship after topping the times during the first of today's two official test sessions at Donington Park National Circuit.
The JHR Developments ace, from Dromore in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, shrugged off early session driveshaft problems to produce the quickest lap of the opening test period with a time of 1m 19.223 seconds (88.94mph), 0.155 seconds faster than ELF Renault Clio Cup regular and reigning Winter Champion Niki Lanik.
"It was good to be fastest in the first session, especially as we had some problems with the driveshaft early on", explained Andrew, "We only managed 12 laps in total and I didn't feel that my best lap was all that good anyway, there's much more to come from me and the car so I'm feeling very confident for Saturday."
In session two, the 19-year-old racer set a best time of 1m 19.436 seconds (88.70mph) and although slipping to sixth fastest -- fourth on combined times -- Andrew isn't concerned as he and his Dronfield based team opted to use the period to try set-up variations on the Brian Herron Contracts-backed Clio.
"We didn't push for a quick time during the second session, we wanted to take the opportunity to try a lot of different things with the car", said Andrew, "Taking that into account though, we were still quickest in the middle of the session when the track wasn't at its best, we were consistently fastest lap after lap at that point.
"At the end when (Harry) Vaulkhard and (Alex) MacDowall went quicker we weren't even on track so it's not a problem, we know we have the pace. I'm really looking forward to Saturday, I'm confident we have consistently strong pace with which to challenge for some good results. Two podiums would be great but I aim to fight for wins too."
Qualifying for the opening two races of the ELF Renault Clio Cup Winter Championship will take place at approximately 09.00 on Saturday, 3rd November, with round one itself set to start at 11.00 and round two expected to get underway at 14.05.