SEAT Cupra title closes up

 with dropped scores

Robert Lawson (Bardon/JHR) goes into this weekend’s SEAT Cupra Championship race meeting at Silverstone leading the series by 14 points, but when you take the mandatory two dropped scores into account, his advantage is reduced to just five points.

Lawson, who has led the series since the first round, has only failed to finish one of the 16 races already contested – when he retired his Leon Cupra with broken steering at Snetterton (Round 11). The 31-year old from Barton in North Yorkshire is allowed to drop that score, even though it’s a zero; however, his next worst score is for finishing 4th at Rockingham, meaning he has to drop 13 points – the highest single points to drop figure of all registered drivers.

Second-placed Jonathan Adam (Total Control Racing) also has only one DNF after one of his Donington Park races (Round 6) ended in a gravel trap. However, his next worst result was on the opening round at Brands Hatch where he finished 9th – and with only four points to drop, the 23-year old defending Cupra Champion from Kirkcaldy in Scotland actually makes a nine points gain on Lawson.

The points to drop calculation has ramifications right the way along the points table, with just 14 points separating 10th placed Freddy Nordström (Plumbertraining.com/Advent Motorsport) and 7th placed Jeremy Gumbley (Millionpixeldriver.com/Welch Motorsport).

Jeremy Doncaster, SEAT Cupra Championship Co-ordinator: “As we head to Silverstone for the penultimate meeting, the title race couldn’t be closer. Robert Lawson and the JHR team have been very consistent this season, but Jonathan Adam has eight race wins as reward for his talent and the efforts of Total Control Racing. All the drivers will be on the limit at Silverstone and the title contest has all the makings of an epic battle. This year’s Championship has been one of the most exciting and hotly contested since SEAT introduced the series in 2003, with many of the best saloon car drivers outside of the BTCC racing at speeds that rival touring cars. With the biggest prize fund in the UK, including a manufacturer backed entry with SEAT, at stake, I have no doubt this Championship will go all the way to the final flag.”

SEAT Cupra Championship Standings – with dropped scores1. Robert Lawson (Bardon/JHR)…249pts2. Jonathan Adam (Total Control Racing)…244pts3. Martin Byford (AB Glass/ Z Speed Racing)…211pts4. Carl Breeze (Blue Chip/ Welch Motorsport)…201pts5. Andrew Herron (Brian Herron Plant/JHR)…150pts6. Daniel Rowbottom (DRM M-sport)…109pts

SEAT Cupra Championship Standings – without dropped scores1. Robert Lawson (Bardon/JHR)…262pts2. Jonathan Adam (Total Control Racing)…248pts3. Martin Byford (AB Glass/ Z Speed Racing)…216pts4. Carl Breeze (Blue Chip/ Welch Motorsport)…208pts5. Andrew Herron (Brian Herron Plant/JHR)…153pts6. Daniel Rowbottom (DRM M-sport)…109pts