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SECOND CLASS WIN OF YEAR FOR LAWSON AT RAIN-AFFECTED DONINGTON North Yorkshire based sportscar racer Robert Lawson continued his excellent progress in the ultra-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship at Donington Park over the weekend,...

SECOND CLASS WIN OF YEAR FOR LAWSON AT RAIN-AFFECTED DONINGTON

North Yorkshire based sportscar racer Robert Lawson continued his excellent progress in the ultra-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship at Donington Park over the weekend, 16th/17th May, with his second Pro-Am1 Class victory of the 2009 season.

On a weekend which saw the majority of track action affected by rain showers at some stage, the JHR Developments driver produced two excellent race drives at the Leicestershire venue, his best result of fifth overall and first in class coming in round five on Sunday morning.

Tied on 53 points at the head of the Pro-Am1 class driver standings, Robert is actually the highest placed Pro-Am1 racer in the overall Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship table in a fantastic sixth position with 50 points.

Robert started the weekend very well indeed during official pre-event testing on Thursday, 14th May, when he was third fastest overall -- and first in class -- ahead of reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion Tim Harvey and former title winner James Sutton.

Lining up ninth on the grid for round five after admitting he didn't quite get the best out of his tyres in qualifying, Robert made a good getaway in his Bardon Concrete and Bardon Aggregates-backed car at the start and found himself up into the top six early on, ahead of class rival Tony Gilham. On lap four, Robert gained another place by passing Michael Leonard at Coppice with a great move.

For round six, which all drivers started on wet tyres, the Richmond-based racer got away fairly well and managed to hold ninth place when boxed in through Redgate. Pressuring Pro-Am1 rival Gilham during the first few laps, Robert made the breakthrough on lap four at Goddards Chicane with a good out-braking move to take eighth position.

Closing on Michael Leonard, he gained another place on lap 11 at Redgate with a quality pass and then started to reel in championship front-runner and multiple race winner Michael Caine as the race passed mid-distance.

In a position to think about mounting an attack on Caine on lap 18 at Goddards, things almost got a little too close for comfort between the pair which resulted in the JHR ace having to take avoiding action which lost him time. He did manage to recover and retain seventh place and second in class though, holding both to the chequered flag.

"We've had a good weekend but there's certainly room for improvement", explained Robert, "I haven't got very much experience at all in the Porsche in such tricky conditions so considering that I think we did a very good job. These cars are certainly a handful in the wet, for us it was a case of going out there to try and raise the bar a bit as we got more and more track time under our belt.

"I was a bit disappointed not to pass (Michael) Caine in the second race but that's one of those things. There's still a long way to go for us but to have achieved a first and a second place in Pro-Am1 this weekend is a good result. We've only got six races behind us but we're improving and starting to mix it with the top drivers which is great."

Rounds seven and eight of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will take place a fortnight from now, 30th/31st May, at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire.

-credit: rl

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Series Porsche
Drivers Tim Harvey , Michael Caine , Michael Leon , James Sutton , Tony Gilham