Hatchman Hammond tests endurance Leon
Classic Stock Hatch regular Pip Hammond swapped his Vauxhall Nova for a SEAT Leon Eurocup car in a test at Silverstone last week with Zest Racecar Engineering.
Hammond tested the car – built to TCR regulations – at the Northamptonshire circuit last Monday, sharing the track with Britsh Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Ingram and sportscar outfit FF Corse.
“Everything I have raced – the Porsche and the Nova – has been production-based with standard suspension and treaded tyres,” said Hammond. “To get into a car with three times more power, sitting on the other side with a paddleshift, all of the grip of the slick tyres and then massive brakes with no servo assist, was an eye-opener.”
The 2011 Stock Hatch champion Hammond, who also won two races in a bit-part campaign in the 750 Motor Club championship this year, is in line to compete in the car at selected events next season.
Zest plans to campaign the Leon in select Touring Car Endurance Series (TCES) rounds in 2017.
“The car is really suited to TCES; because it’s a one-make championship car as a base, it’s built to be reliable,” added Hammond.
The team is scheduled to test again in Barcelona, to which Hammond has been invited, although a date has not yet been arranged.
Hammond in Leon