SECOND PODIUM OF SEASON SEES HERRON CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE Andrew Herron secured his second podium in three races during the first of this weekend's two ELF Renault Clio Cup encounters at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire today, Saturday, 25th ...
SECOND PODIUM OF SEASON SEES HERRON CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE
Andrew Herron secured his second podium in three races during the first of this weekend's two ELF Renault Clio Cup encounters at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire today, Saturday, 25th April, to move into fourth place in the 2009 driver standings.
The Dromore based 20-year-old, driving for JHR Developments, qualified his 2.0-litre Clio in fifth place with a best time of 1m 24.238 seconds (100.68mph) but felt a little disappointed to have missed out on a front-row slot.
Changing the car's set-up prior to this afternoon's third round of the campaign, Andrew felt more comfortable and this showed immediately as he made a good getaway from the grid and then produced a superb move on Aron Smith into the Club Chicane to grab fourth position prior to the end of the opening lap.
Racing came under Safety Car conditions at the beginning of lap two, following a multi-car incident at the complex on the opening tour, but at the re-start on lap seven, Andrew pushed hard to challenge Dave Newsham for the final podium spot.
Into the chicane at the end of the lap the Northern Irishman produced another stunning move, this time around the outside, to grab third place from Newsham and he then set about trying to catch Alex MacDowall with eight laps remaining.
By lap 13, Andrew was right on the tail of second placed MacDowall but rather than risk potential contact between the pair with just a couple of laps remaining to the chequered flag, he shadowed his rival to the finish with less than three 10ths of a second splitting the pair over the line.
"I'm really happy to be on the podium, the aim was to try and come away with at least two podiums this weekend so we're half way there", said Andrew, "Qualifying didn't go as we had hoped as we used a set-up which didn't work too well. For the race, we changed the car back and things felt much better.
"Once I had passed (Dave) Newsham, I had to watch my mirrors as he was fast but when I managed to catch (Alex) MacDowall I didn't want to try a move which could have resulted in both of us missing out on a podium. Being the first of the weekend's races, it was important to take the third place. If I'm in that position tomorrow though, I'll definitely go for it."
The fourth round of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup -- which Andrew will start from fifth place -- will begin at approximately 12.55 tomorrow, Sunday, 26th April, and is expected to be shown live in the UK on ITV4 which is available at channel 28 on Freeview, through cable channel 117 and via the Sky Digital platform at channel 120.