Thomson gets SEAT for saloon car challenge
Former Quaife/ Motorsport News Saloon champion Gavin Thomson has plans for a move to longer races after taking over the SEAT Leon machine previously driven in the QMN series by Danny Innes.
Thomson, the 2012 champion, handled the car for the second time in the rounds at Brands Hatch last weekend, scoring a brace of fourth-place finishes.
“My title-winning Peugeot 205 broke again in pre-season testing and I couldn’t resist a last minute deal to try the SEAT, which was sitting unused at Redline Tuning for two years,” he said.
“The SEAT is left-hand drive with a paddleshift, but the big differences are a long wheelbase and it’s really heavy compared with the Peugeot. It needs a very different driving style.
“I’m quite excited to be only slightly off the pace, and there’s plenty more to come. It’s much easier to drive than the Peugeot up to a certain level, but very hard to get the maximum from it. On the horizon is a move into more endurance-based races rather than 15-minute sprints.”