HERRON TAKES FOURTH PODIUM OF YEAR & NEW DONINGTON LAP RECORD Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire proved to be a happy hunting ground for Andrew Herron this afternoon, Saturday, 16th May, after the ELF Renault Clio Cup racer...
HERRON TAKES FOURTH PODIUM OF YEAR & NEW DONINGTON LAP RECORD
Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire proved to be a happy hunting ground for Andrew Herron this afternoon, Saturday, 16th May, after the ELF Renault Clio Cup racer claimed a well deserved second place finish in round five of the season -- and a brand new circuit lap record.
The 20-year-old from Dromore in Northern Ireland, returning to the category this year after competing in the now defunct SEAT Cupra Championship in 2008, produced an excellent performance today and has climbed the points table from fourth place to joint-second with Alex MacDowall.
Qualifying third on the grid during this morning's half-hour session with a lap of 1m19.149 seconds (89.02mph), the JHR Developments driver got a good start to round five initially but then bogged down and lost a handful of places on the run through Redgate for the first time.
Getting back through into the top four before the end of lap one, the Safety Car was then deployed following a three-car collision at the Old Hairpin. At the re-start on lap five Andrew pushed hard to try and get by third placed Carl Bradley and after sizing him up through McLeans, the Co.Down ace produced a great move into Coppice to grab the position.
Reeling in race leader, and championship pace-setter, Philip Glew and second placed MacDowall, Andrew soon put the pair under huge pressure and he underlined his potential for race victory with a new lap record of 1m18.901 seconds (89.30mph) on the sixth tour.
The breakthrough for second place came on lap 11 when MacDowall ran slightly wide at McLeans and Andrew slipped through. Immediately applying pressure to the race leader, he pressed on as he sought to try and take his first win of the year but on lap 12 rain started to fall leaving Andrew no option but to ensure he brought the car home in second place to secure his fourth podium from five races.
The Brian Herron Contracts-backed racer said: "I'm obviously pleased to be on the podium, especially after a start that wasn't all that great, but I want that first win and I know we had the pace to make that happen today. Unfortunately it wasn't to be but I'm very happy to have set a new lap record.
"My initial getaway felt good but then I bogged down a bit which meant a couple of others got past me at the start and I dropped to about fifth place. I got my head down though and climbed back through, the car was really fast and if I had got into the lead I'm sure I could have pulled away."
Fourth on the grid for the sixth round of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup tomorrow, Sunday, 17th May, Andrew is hoping to produce a good start to enable him to fight for yet another podium and, hopefully, his first win of the campaign.
Scheduled to begin at 13.30, the race will be screened live across the UK on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4. Please check listings for further details.