LAWSON SECURES ELEVENTH CLASS PODIUM OF SEASON AT SILVERSTONE Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Pro-Am1 Class title contender Robert Lawson raced to his 11th podium finish of the season at a damp Silverstone National Circuit yesterday, Sunday,...
LAWSON SECURES ELEVENTH CLASS PODIUM OF SEASON AT SILVERSTONE
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Pro-Am1 Class title contender Robert Lawson raced to his 11th podium finish of the season at a damp Silverstone National Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 30th August, with an impressive drive into the overall top five from ninth on the grid.
More good news followed though post-race when the Bardon Aggregates and Bardon Concrete driver was promoted into fourth position on the final classification due to the exclusion of second placed Tim Bridgman, who was involved in contact with series leader Tim Harvey on the last lap.
In very tricky conditions, with persistent drizzle falling at the Northamptonshire venue, Robert raced strongly at the wheel of his JHR Developments-run 420bhp Porsche and made a stunning start by climbing into the top six on the opening lap.
The North Yorkshireman, who resides in Barton near Richmond, began to pressurise Tom Bradshaw during the early exchanges but as the race approached mid-distance Robert had to concentrate on his mirrors with Northern Ireland's Karl Leonard closing in.
On lap 15, Leonard managed to get ahead into sixth place but on the following tour both drivers moved up a position when Bradshaw went off the circuit into the gravel at Brooklands. Remaining close behind Leonard all the way to the finish, the pair were separated at the chequered flag by just seven 10ths of a second.
The final lap, however, provided a change to the top three when Bridgman pitched Harvey into retirement as he tried to take second place at Brooklands. Bridgman continued to the flag to finish in second place but with Harvey out and the former later disqualified, Robert claimed a fine fourth place -- second in class -- to maintain his Pro-Am1 title challenge and his top five placing overall.
Speaking after the race, Robert said: "I'm pleased with the performance, it's great to be on the podium again and the points are very valuable for the championship standings. We made some changes to the car with the track not being completely dry and they worked fairly well. Had the race been fully dry though I think we'd have been much faster.
"The back end of the car was quite loose which made things very difficult out of the final corner at Luffield so it was a case of making sure I didn't run wide and let anyone up the inside, which is exactly what I did with Karl Leonard! I had hoped we'd be a bit quicker as in testing on Friday we were second and sixth overall in the two sessions but, other than that, I'm pleased."
Saturday afternoon's encounter, round 15, had a disappointing outcome for Robert while dicing over eighth position with Tom Bradshaw. Fighting hard into the complex on lap two, both drivers ended up making contact which forced an immediate retirement for the pair.
Reflecting, Robert commented: "After the non-score on Saturday, we needed a reasonable result in the second race. At the end of the day, we're firmly in the hunt for the Pro-Am1 championship but we do need to work hard to up our game a bit and find more pace from the car. Hopefully, we'll have no more bad luck either!"
The 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship is now reaching a critical stage in the terms of the outright driver standings and also the Pro-Am1 Class title battle. Rounds 17 and 18 of the campaign will take place at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit in Northamptonshire three weeks from now, 19th/20th September.
2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Standings (after Rd16): 1st Tim Harvey, 256pts; 2nd Tim Bridgman, 248pts; 5th Robert Lawson, 141pts
2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB 'Pro-Am1' Class Standings (after Rd16): 1st Glynn Geddie, 157pts; 2nd Robert Lawson, 148pts