Seat Cupra - Herron ends season 5th

Rapid young saloon car racer Andrew Herron concluded the final weekend of the last ever SEAT Cupra Championship season fifth overall in the driver standings after taking a brace of top six results at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 21st September.Although not ending the season with another podium result as he had wanted when the weekend’s action got underway, the 20-year-old Brian Herron Contracts-backed driver is still pleased to have finished the campaign in fifth position some 70 points ahead of the chasing pack.“The aim at the start of the year was to get on the podium and we’ve ended up achieving about six of those”, said the Northern Irishman, “At Silverstone I came very close to my first win in SEAT so, all in all, I think I’ve produced good enough performances this year to enable me to get a drive in 2009 in a good car in a good championship.“It’s such a shame SEAT has decided to pull out of British motorsport next year as, with the experience I’ve gained this year, I’m sure I could have challenged for the title in my second season. We’ve come on leaps and bounds this year, it’s only my second season in cars, and I think myself and JHR Developments have done a great job.”Lining up eighth on the grid for round 19, just half a second shy of pole position, Andrew made a decent getaway and instantly gained a place before claiming another spot as Carl Breeze was pitched into a spin by Daniel Welch on Cooper Straight.Contact off the start, as Jeremy Gumbley hit James Appleby into the barriers, resulted in a Safety Car period between lap two and the start of lap four but as the race resumed Andrew immediately pressurised the cars ahead but he was unable to find a way past before the chequered flag on lap 19.For round 20, Dromore-based Andrew started from the third row of the grid in sixth place and maintained the position throughout during a race which saw little in the way of overtaking anywhere down the field.Although the season has concluded, the hard work now begins for Andrew as he strives to attract the required backing to continue his outstanding progress into 2009 and beyond. After just two seasons of car racing action, the talented youngster has proven his ability on numerous occasions and hopes to graduate up the racing ladder next year.With SEAT Sport UK having confirmed the SEAT Cupra Championship will no longer be in existence next season, Andrew has to look for a fresh challenge and at this stage has one eye on the prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship while also looking at options in Europe.“If I’m back on the British Touring Car Championship package next year then it’ll be in the Porsche GB series”, he commented, “There are some other options to look at seriously in Europe but we’ll have to wait and see. We really need to secure some sponsors for next year so the hard work begins now to try and get everything into place.”Provisional 2008 SEAT Cupra Championship Driver Standings:1st Robert Lawson, 320pts; 2nd Jonathan Adam, 301pts; 5th Andrew Herron, 205pts

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