BTCC: Andrew Herron Thruxton preview

ELF Renault Clio Cup rookie Andrew Herron is relishing the final race meeting of his maiden season in the ultra-competitive category next weekend, 13th/14th October, the teenager from Northern Ireland hoping to fight for his first ever podium...

ELF Renault Clio Cup rookie Andrew Herron is relishing the final race meeting of his maiden season in the ultra-competitive category next weekend, 13th/14th October, the teenager from Northern Ireland hoping to fight for his first ever podium finish during the eagerly anticipated championship finale at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire.

The 19-year-old, from Dromore in Co. Down, has been a revelation in his debut season in the British Touring Car Championship-supporting ELF Renault Clio Cup and with the last race meeting of 2007 set to feature two points-scoring races, Andrew is confident he can realise his dream of climbing into the top eight in the driver standings.

Currently in 11th position in the championship, the JHR Developments ace is just seven points shy of the top 10 and only 24 points away from eighth position. Considering there are a total of 68 points up for grabs to any one driver at Thruxton next weekend, Andrew stands a terrific chance of ending his debut year in cars impressively inside the top 10.

Thoroughly delighted with his pace and consistency this season, the Brian Herron Contracts supported racer is confident of ending the campaign on a high and having experienced the ultra-fast Thruxton Circuit earlier in the year during round three, Andrew aims to put all of that knowledge to good use during the upcoming 11th and 12th rounds.

"Looking back at the pre-season I've met all the targets I set myself and actually bettered them so I'm delighted with how our first season in cars has gone", said Andrew, "I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car now. Having had such a long break since Donington, I've felt a bit lost without the racing!

"I really enjoyed Thruxton last time, it's a real driver's track and the feeling you get when you're on the limit going through Church Corner is amazing. Going straight into qualifying without a test on the Friday will make things quite difficult but I'm confident we'll be strong and have a good weekend."

The only other double-header of the current season came at Snetterton in July and it proved to be the most successful weekend of Andrew's maiden car racing campaign, the youngster securing a fantastic top four result during round eight. Tantalisingly close to the podium then, he's aiming to make a rostrum finish a reality next weekend.

"I'd absolutely love a podium from the last two races and especially as we have a lot of people coming over from Northern Ireland to Thruxton", he added, "It'll actually be the first time my mum has ever seen me race, she never even saw me competing when I was in karts!

"In the standings the drivers ahead of me are within reach, it's pretty close and I've got my own little championship battle going on. We could end the season as high as eighth in the title race I think if it all goes well so we'll definitely be pushing hard to make that happen. Whatever happens, if I can score a couple of top sixes I'll go home happy."

Reverting to a double-header meeting for the season finale, the Thruxton event will see qualifying take place at approximately 11.30 on Saturday, 13th October, with round 11 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup getting underway at around 15.50. Round 12 is timetabled to begin at 13.50 on Sunday, 14th October.

-credit: andrewherronracing.com

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