Double Oulton podium keeps Lawson ..

ON TOPSEAT Cupra Championship points leader Robert Lawson remains in charge of the 2008 title race after securing a brace of second place finishes during the 13th and 14th rounds of the season at Oulton Park Island Circuit over the weekend, 26th/27th July.The JHR Developments racer, who is supported this year by Bardon Aggregates and Bardon Concrete, now heads the driver standings by 22 points from reigning champion Jonathan Adam but is determined to make a return to the top step of the podium three weeks form now when the championship makes its annual visit to Knockhill in Scotland.“I’m very pleased for myself and the team this weekend, we’ve got a lot of points and it could have been a lot worse”, commented Robert, “At the same time though, we’re there to win races so from that point of view I do feel a little bit disappointed.”During Saturday’s two qualifying sessions for rounds 13 and 14, the Richmond-based star produced the second fastest time in each period – a lap of 1m 29.817 seconds (89.22mph) sealing a front row start for the first encounter of the weekend and a time of 1m 30.116 seconds bagging second on the grid for race two.At the start of Saturday’s 13th round of the season, Robert didn’t make the best of getaways and slipped to fourth place off the grid as team-mate Andrew Herron and title rival Martin Byford both found a way past on the run to Old Hall corner for the first time.Right on the tail of third placed Herron as the cars headed to the hairpin, Robert then got good drive out of the corner and passed his fellow JHR driver for third on entry to the Knickerbrook Chicane. Pursuing second position, the North Yorkshire racer was held up behind Byford until lap nine when he forced a mistake on entry to the hairpin. Pulling clear over the remainder of the race, Robert was unfortunately too far behind race leader Adam at that point to even consider mounting a challenge for the win.Round 14 produced an identical result with Adam winning, Robert in second and Byford in third place, but this time the Bardon-backed ace maintained second position off the line and remained there to the chequered flag without ever being seriously challenged from behind.Reflecting on his pair of runner-up spots, Robert said: “We got two seconds at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago and two second places at Oulton this weekend which is good but we want wins. That’s the name of the game – nobody wants to win more than I do.“I’ve got a very good team behind me, I drove my best in the two races this weekend but we didn’t quite find the sweet spot with the set-up. I think my car was probably a bit harder to drive than Jonathan’s (Adam) was but we’ve got to make sure we have the car perfect for Knockhill now.”Robert added: “Sometimes you can fine tune the set-up and it just doesn’t quite work for you, I think that’s been the story of our weekend. There’s no doubt about it though, we’re in the best position of anybody with regard to the championship. At the same time, we do need to win more races and hopefully we will next time out.”

Robert will be back in action at the wheel of his SEAT Cupra racer for the 15th and 16th rounds of the 2008 championship three weeks from now on 16th/17th August at Knockhill Circuit, near Dunfermline, in Scotland.Provisional 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship Driver Standings (after Rd14):1st Robert Lawson, 228pts; 2nd Jonathan Adam, 206pts


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