SEAT Leon Cupras prepare to go flat out
After Robert Lawson (Bardon/JHR) extended his lead in the 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship with two wins at Donington Park, his main rivals will be keen to stick to his coat tails by finishing above him at Thruxton on Sunday 18th May. It will be a tough challenge though, as the driver from North Yorkshire has set an electrifying pace this year, recording three wins in six races and only once failing to finish off the top two podium steps with a 4th place in Round 3. Testing at Thruxton showed his JHR prepared car was right on the money at the high-speed circuit too, recording the second quickest time of the session.However, that session also showed Carl Breeze (Blue Chip/Welch Motorsport) to be quicker and he'll be full of confidence about taking some points away from Lawson in Rounds 7 and 8. With fellow Welch Motorsport driver Daniel Welch (Marriott/Welch Motorsport) a proven force at this circuit in a Leon Cupra, one way or another the team are likely to be celebrating, especially if Jeremy Gumbley (Millionpixeldriver.com/Welch Motorsport) can recapture the form he showed in testing too.Martin Byford (AB Glass/Z Speed Racing) will also want to be stopping Breeze and Lawson from winning the glory and the points, his relish at racing at his favourite Thruxton circuit sure to be a help in his aim.Meanwhile Jonathan Adam (Total Control Racing) shouldn't be written off, having tested well at Thruxton the reigning SEAT Cupra Champion still had issues with his car at Donington, but if those are resolved by Thruxton he'll be right in there with the front runners. Throughout the field drivers like Andrew Herron (Brian Herron Plant/JHR) and Daniel Rowbottom (DRM M-sport) are looking quicker all the time too, so it may be a case of the driver with the most nerve at this quick circuit will be the one to emerge victorious.Carl Breeze: "I'm really confident about Thruxton. I've got a great team-mate in Dan Welch who won two races there in 2007 and Jeremy [Gumbley] was quick there in testing too. It'll be a good chance to claw some points back." Jeremy Gumbley: "Having tested third quickest at Thruxton I should be challenging for pole or a win. But after Donington I couldn't possibly say how it'll go!"Jonathan Adam: "I like Thruxton and I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not really in contention right now. The team have a tough time ahead of Thruxton looking at what's wrong with the car. Robert's walking away with it and I haven't got the pace at the moment."Daniel Rowbottom: "I can't wait, I love Thruxton. It's probably the best circuit on the calendar. Testing there really made me realise how quick these cars are!"Robert Lawson: "We're looking forward to it and I had a good test there, but it was really just a recce. I like it as a circuit and we want to win there, that's the goal. All I can do is my best job."Martin Byford: "I love Thruxton, it's a real brave man's circuit. It's one of the few circuits that hasn't been slowed down for safety reasons. I can't wait; I'm itching to get there. We weren't that good in testing but we think we know where we were going wrong. I think after Donington we've proved we can race."The official SEAT Cupra Championship test at Thruxton took place on April 15th , so the next time the drivers will see the ultra-fast 2.356 mile track will be in qualifying on Saturday 17th May. Two 20 minutes sessions, beginning at 10.45 and 14.40, will determine the grids for Rounds 7 and 8 of the series, which start on Sunday 18th May at 12.15 and 17.30 respectively.