SEAT Cupra Championship

After five weeks of motorsport inactivity, Northern Ireland’s Andrew Herron now has just over a week longer to wait before the second half of the SEAT Cupra Championship kicks-off at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk on 12th/13th July.Following timetable difficulties imposed by poor weather at Croft during the previous race meeting, next weekend’s outing will see the championship runners take part in a triple-header event for the first time with the shelved 10th round of the season now due to take place at Snetterton alongside rounds 11 and 12.Enjoying a rich vein of form during recent rounds in only his second season of car racing action, 20-year-old Andrew is now aiming to go one step higher on the podium than he has before this season by challenging for a maiden SEAT victory at Snetterton.Currently fifth in the driver standings after some sparkling performances during the last three events at Donington Park, Thruxton and Croft – Andrew achieving podium results at each venue – the Brian Herron Contracts backed racer is confidently looking ahead to the remainder of the campaign where he believes he will only get stronger.But while hungry for his first race win in the British Touring Car Championship supporting SEAT Cupra series, the Dromore based racer acknowledges the greatest importance next weekend will be to score consistently well in all three races.Andrew said: “I’m glad we’re able to run the race that was postponed from Croft, three races in one day will be just like the BTCC and as we’re all aspiring touring car drivers it will be great experience. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.“The most important thing at Snetterton with the three races will be to look after your car, if you try anything risky there’ll be a lot of work to do and it could potentially mean a driver missing one or more races through damage. Having said that, I’ll be fighting hard for three strong results, I certainly won’t be taking things easy!”He added: “I went well at Snetterton last year in the Clio Cup and I’m confident we can continue the good form we’ve shown recently. Having finished second in my last two races, I want to go one step higher on the podium now. Podiums are what you’re always aiming for but if I can squeeze a win in there next weekend it would be fantastic.”Andrew will be back at the wheel of his JHR Developments run SEAT a week today, Friday, 11th July, for pre-event testing with qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 of the season scheduled to take place on Saturday, 12th July, at 09.25 and 14.45 respectively. All three SEAT races at Snetterton will be held on Sunday, 13th July, with round 11 beginning the day’s action at 09.00, round 12 following at approximately 11.55 and the rescheduled 10th round from Croft expected to get underway at 16.55. The third race will actually be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4.During the original round 10 qualifying session, Andrew posted the fourth fastest time so will start the live televised race from the second row of the grid.

Provisional 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship Driver Standings (after Rd9)1st Robert Lawson, 159pts; 2nd Martin Byford, 131pts; 5th Andrew Herron, 91pts