HERRON LOOKING FORWARD TO CROFT RETURN THIS WEEKEND Currently third overall in the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup championship standings, Andrew Herron cannot wait for the ninth and 10th rounds of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire this weekend,...
HERRON LOOKING FORWARD TO CROFT RETURN THIS WEEKEND
Currently third overall in the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup championship standings, Andrew Herron cannot wait for the ninth and 10th rounds of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire this weekend, 13th/14th June.
Returning to the scene of a very competitive performance in last year's SEAT Cupra Championship, and with Croft also the venue for his maiden car racing victory in the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup, the JHR Developments driver's chief aim is close down the gap in the title race by taking away a bigger points haul than either series leader Philip Glew or current runner-up Alex MacDowall.
Still striving for his first race victory of the year, and with Croft a track that has always produced great performances from him, Andrew remains hungry for a visit to the top step of the podium but he also recognises consistent rostrum results are incredibly important for any title bid.
The Dromore-based star, who will celebrate his 21st birthday in the build-up to Croft this coming Wednesday, 10th June, commented: "Every time I've been to Croft it's almost always been wet and we've been very quick in those conditions, both in the SEAT last year and also in Clios when I won my first race in the 2007 Winter Championship. I definitely have good memories of the place.
"The aim for the weekend is to come away with as many points as possible and the plan is to score more than the two guys ahead of me in the championship. Maybe I've been thinking a bit too much about wanting my first win of the year and the best way to achieve it is probably to just let it happen. If we can go out there and take a couple of podiums, unlike at Oulton, that'll be good."
During the fourth event of the season at Oulton Park just over a week ago, the Brian Herron Contracts backed racer secured a top four finish in the first of the weekend's races but a puncture in race two resulted in an unfortunate excursion into the barriers which caused substantial front end damage to his Clio.
At Croft, the Northern Irishman is bidding to consolidate his championship position at the very least and with the 2.12-mile track one he enjoys, he's feeling confident of bringing the first half of the 2009 season to a successful conclusion.
Andrew added: "I do like Croft, the first corner (Clervaux) is pretty good and it takes a lot of guts to carry a lot of speed through there as it's a tricky part of the track to get right. The two corners at Sunny are also good, you're going in there almost sideways but when you get that part of the lap right it's very satisfying. The weekend should be good and I'm really looking forward to it."
Clio Cup competitors will take part in a pre-event practice at Croft on Friday, 12th June, with qualifying for rounds nine and 10 following at 11.15 on Saturday, 13th June, and the first race getting underway at around 16.30. Round 10 -- which will be screened live across the UK on ITV4 -- is timetabled to begin at approximately 15.15 on Sunday, 14th June.
Provisional 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Driver Standings (after Rd8): 1st Philip Glew, 239pts; 2nd Alex MacDowall, 205pts; 3rd Andrew Herron, 175pts