ANDREW HERRON – KNOCKHILL PREVIEW Saloon car racer Andrew Herron is relishing the prospect of competing at Knockhill Circuit in Fife for the first time in his short career this weekend, 16th/17th August, when the SEAT Cupra series makes it annual visit to Scotland as a key support category on the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship package.The 20-year-old Northern Irishman, who lives in Dromore, Co. Down, is aiming to rapidly adapt to the undulating nature of the 1.30-mile track during the pre-event test session on Friday, 15th August, and has high hopes of securing a brace of solid top four results to maintain his push for a top four championship finish at the end of the year.Currently fifth overall in the 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship standings, the Brian Herron Contracts backed star has enjoyed an excellent debut season in the category; only his second year of car racing action. Having never driven at Knockhill before though, Andrew fully appreciates the challenge which lies ahead at the weekend.“I’ve only ever actually been to Knockhill once before and that was just to watch Steven Kane (currently a competitor in the BTCC with Motorbase Performance) about five or six years ago”, said the JHR Developments driver, “Next weekend will be challenging for sure but I’m looking forward to it.“Everyone says I should go well at Knockhill, Steven (Kane) and Colin (Turkington – Team RAC BTCC competitor) have both said people from Northern Ireland always go well at Knockhill so hopefully I’ll do well too! The aim has to be to finish in the top four in both races, if we can do that I’ll be very happy.”Taking into account the long distance many SEAT Cupra drivers will have to travel to Knockhill before next weekend’s action, the manufacturer – in conjunction with official tyre supplier Dunlop – will provide six complimentary tyres to each racer for the event. Andrew added: “The goodwill gesture of offering some free tyres to each driver is great, it’s nice to see SEAT and Dunlop getting behind the competitors like that with so many having to travel a long distance to Knockhill. Obviously the prize structure of the championship is fantastic but with a move like this on top, it proves SEAT Sport UK is committed to supporting the drivers as much as possible.”Andrew’s first on-track experience at Knockhill will come just four days from now on Friday, 15th August, during free practice with qualifying for rounds 15 and 16 taking place at 11.40 and 15.25 respectively on Saturday, 16th August.Both SEAT Cupra Championship races will be held on Sunday, 17th August, with round 15 scheduled to get underway at 10.20 and round 16 expected to follow at 15.10. The second of the two encounters will be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4. Reflecting on more solemn matters, Andrew this week attended the funeral of the late Fred Hunter, founder of JHR Developments, who passed away a fortnight ago. The young SEAT racer would like to take this opportunity to further express his, and the Herron family’s, sincerest condolences to the entire Hunter family at this difficult time.
Provisional 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship Driver Standings (after Rd14):1st Robert Lawson, 228pts; 2nd Jonathan Adam, 206pts; 5th Andrew Herron, 141pts