Double Snetterton Podium For Lawson

Bardon Aggregates and Bardon Concrete sponsored saloon car racer Robert Lawson took two podium finishes from three race starts at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk yesterday, Sunday, 13th July, to ensure he maintains a healthy 28 point cushion at the head of the SEAT Cupra Championship driver standings.While delighted to continue his outstanding record of podium finishes in his debut season of SEAT action, the farmer from Barton, near Richmond in North Yorkshire, didn’t have a completely straightforward weekend after being forced out of the first race at the second corner when caught up in the aftermath of an incident between Jonathan Adam and Daniel Welch.However, outstanding work by the JHR Developments mechanics ensured Robert’s car, which had received substantial damage to the front end, was repaired with just minutes to spare ahead of the second race of the day.Lining up second on the grid for round 12, Robert made a decent start and kept his foot to the floor around the outside of Riches and Sear to maintain second place behind pole-sitter Adam.Running in a comfortable second for the remainder of the race, Robert took the chequered flag on lap 16 some seven and a half seconds clear of Breeze. He also posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m 13.856 seconds (95.14mph).The third and final race of the weekend, the rescheduled 10th round from the Croft race meeting at the beginning of June, saw Robert achieve another solid second place finish behind Adam with a fault-free run. Commenting on the Snetterton event, Robert said: “We did the best we could this weekend, obviously the car took a bit of a hit in the first race and, to be honest, it’s all credit to the team for putting it back together. It was touch and go whether we’d even feature in the second race so we have to look at the positives really.“We bagged a fair few points and managed to get the fastest lap in the second race as well so, as far as damage limitation goes, if you can’t win you’re better off being second than anywhere else! We struggled with tyre wear in the third race but I’m pretty satisfied with two podiums. Our championship lead is intact and that’s the important thing.”The first race of the day, round 11, saw Robert get away cleanly from his seventh pole position of the year and after negotiating the first corner in the lead, he was then tagged on the run to Sear which resulted in his SEAT being fired off the circuit with damaged steering and front-left suspension. The impact also ripped off the front-left wheel.Although a nightmare start to his Snetterton weekend, Robert’s solid performances in the remaining two encounters underlined his professionalism as he maintained a cool head. He’s now looking forward to the next two rounds of the championship which take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire a fortnight from now.“I’m looking forward to Oulton Park, I like that circuit and it’s a bit more local for me which is always good”, said Robert, “I aim to be back fighting strong and challenging for pole positions and race wins. The first race at Snetterton was disappointing but to get two second places and one fastest lap shows it wasn’t a desperately bad weekend.”Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship will take place two weeks from now, 26th/27th July, at Cheshire’s Oulton Park Island Circuit. In the meantime, highlights from round eight at Thruxton will be screened on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 at 17.10 this Tuesday, 15th July, on the Motorsport UK show.Provisional 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship Driver Standings (after Rd12):1st Robert Lawson, 194pts; 2nd Carl Breeze, 166pts; 3rd Jonathan Adam, 164pts

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