Thom­son gets SEAT for saloon car chal­lenge

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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.”

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