PORSCHE STAR LAWSON PIPPED TO PRO-AM1 TITLE DURING SEASON FINALE Robert Lawson capped off an excellent maiden season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 3rd/4th October, with two more...
PORSCHE STAR LAWSON PIPPED TO PRO-AM1 TITLE DURING SEASON FINALE
Robert Lawson capped off an excellent maiden season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 3rd/4th October, with two more class podiums to narrowly miss out on the Pro-Am1 title -- a battle he led going into the final event of the year.
In addition, the Bardon Aggregates and Bardon Concrete-backed driver also concludes 2009 inside the top six of the overall championship -- a superb achievement. With just three seasons of car racing behind him prior to the 2009 campaign, North Yorkshire-based Robert switched to rear-wheel drive sportscar competition for the first time this year with the move into the Porsche Carrera Cup.
His lack of experience proved no barrier though to some exceptional race performances and it's also very important to point out it was JHR Developments' maiden season in the championship too, the Steven Hunter-led squad doing a great job against teams with a wealth of experience in Porsche Carrera racing.
This weekend's season finale, which marked Robert's maiden experience of the Kent venue's full 2.3-mile track configuration, resulted in a best race result of sixth on the road during round 20, second in class. In the earlier 19th round, he was third in Pro-Am1 and eighth in the overall classification -- a brace of stellar results to claim his 13th and 14th class podiums of the campaign.
"I'm very pleased with the way the championship has gone all in all", commented Robert, "It's been a huge challenge to adapt from front-wheel drive racing to such powerful rear-wheel drive cars but I think we can be very proud of what we've achieved. Just missing out on the Pro-Am1 title in our first year and finishing sixth overall in the main championship is great and shows what we're capable of.
"Without the fantastic support of Bardon Aggregates and Bardon Concrete I wouldn't have been able to make the move into Porsche so I'm very grateful to them for all of their backing throughout the season."
Qualifying seventh on the grid for the first of the weekend's races, Robert made a clean getaway but a forceful pass by team-mate Derek Pierce into Druids relegated the Barton-based racer to eighth position. With positions in the second half of the top 10 shuffling a couple of times, Robert managed to end the encounter eighth on the road and third in class, just 0.386 seconds adrift of Pierce, as he chose to follow his team-mate home.
In round 20 -- which was screened live across the UK on ITV4 -- Robert again made an excellent start from the fourth row of the grid and importantly got ahead of chief Pro-Am1 rival Glynn Geddie before then gaining a further place into fifth on the run out of Druids.
Into Graham Hill Bend though an opportunist lunge from Geddie, as Robert was delayed when Michael Caine's car turned across the front of him, pushed the JHR ace back into sixth and that's where he remained until the race was red flagged on lap 15 following a two-car collision involving Pierce and Tony Gilham. Robert ended the race classified in sixth position, second in class.
Final 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Standings: Champion: Tim Bridgman, 324pts; 2nd James Sutton, 320pts; 6th Robert Lawson, 171pts
Final 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB 'Pro-Am1' Class Standings: Champion: Glynn Geddie, 196pts; 2nd Robert Lawson, 181pts