SUPERB LAWSON NAMED 'DRIVER OF WEEKEND' AFTER DOUBLE CLASS WIN Robert Lawson enjoyed what can only be described as a perfect day at his home track, Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, today, Sunday, 14th June, by adding two more Pro-Am1 class wins...
SUPERB LAWSON NAMED 'DRIVER OF WEEKEND' AFTER DOUBLE CLASS WIN
Robert Lawson enjoyed what can only be described as a perfect day at his home track, Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, today, Sunday, 14th June, by adding two more Pro-Am1 class wins to his season's tally in rounds nine and 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.
Extending his lead in the Pro-Am1 driver standings to 21 points over nearest rival Tony Gilham, the category newcomer also solidified fifth position overall in the main championship chase with an outstanding top four in a rain-lashed round 10. More celebrations followed at the conclusion of the second race when Robert was also named the Porsche Carrera Cup GB 'Driver of the Weekend'.
As one of the most important events of the year for the JHR Developments driver with Croft's 2.12-mile track situated just a stone's throw from his home in the village of Barton, he coped with the added pressure superbly well and enjoyed by far his most successful outing of the season.
"It's been a perfect weekend", said Robert, "It's fantastic to race at your home circuit but there's that added pressure to perform. I've been very fortunate during the last two visits to Croft, in SEATs last year we had a good weekend with a race victory and this year everything's gone really well for us again. To take a pair of class wins today and to finish fourth overall in race two was fantastic.
"I'm really pleased with the results and I appreciate all of the support I've had at Croft, there have been a lot of people here cheering me on so I want to thank them. When the weather changed and the rain came before the second race started I thought we'd be ok in those conditions but it's always a bit of a lottery when it's like that. The biggest problem, of course, was vision but it all worked out."
Lining up seventh on the grid for a bright and sunny round nine at the wheel of his Bardon Concrete and Bardon Aggregates sponsored car, Robert was thankfully not involved in a multi-car tangle at Clervaux and out of the chicane on lap one he was up into the top six and leading Pro-Am1.
Under pressure early on from Ollie Jackson, Robert coped well and as the race passed mid-distance he managed to pull out a gap and took the chequered flag on lap 15 in sixth place three seconds ahead of his nearest pursuer who, by this point, was Lewis Hopkins.
Round 10 was a much different prospect for the drivers with rain prior to the race meaning all 16 drivers would have their tyres changed to treaded rubber. Once again Robert made a good getaway from the fourth row of the grid and in the blinding spray he moved up into the top six before the end of lap one.
Pressuring Jackson into lap two, Robert was driving fantastically well in the conditions and didn't put a wheel wrong. Fifth placed Jackson, however, did make a mistake as he headed into Tower Bend and this gave the JHR man opportunity to pass on the inside. Robert's next target was Pro-Am1 rival Glynn Geddie in fourth and as he closed onto the tail of the Scot, Geddie then pitted with problems.
Maintaining a clear fourth all the way to the finish on lap 12, the North Yorkshireman produced a sparkling performance and his best race lap of 1m36.845 seconds was actually faster than that managed by reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion, and third place finisher, Tim Harvey.
Robert now has a lengthy seven week break from track action with the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship set to take place at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk over the weekend 1st/2nd August.
2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Standings (after Rd10): 1st Tim Bridgman, 172pts; 2nd Tim Harvey, 169pts; 5th Robert Lawson, 98pts
2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB 'Pro-Am1' Class Standings (after Rd10): 1st Robert Lawson, 103pts; 2nd Tony Gilham, 82pts; 3rd Ollie Jackson, 76pts