Hatch­man Hammond tests en­durance Leon

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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

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