Simon Deaton takes Knockhill race by storm

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Chesterfield racer Simon Deaton had an impressive race in the Northern Saloon and Sportscar Championship (NSSCC) - as well as the second round of the British Time Attack Championship.

In Saturday’s NSSCC race at Knockhill in Scotland, Simon came third overall and finished second in his class.

It wasn’t easy though, as the track was being taken on the wrong way round. Despite this unusual factor, Simon managed well.

He said: “On the Saturday the circuit ran in the reverse direction. I had never raced the circuit in the that way so I was very unfamiliar.” Not only that, Simon’s team had no time to test and make adjustments to the car, a pink Porsche 911 997 GT3 cup car.

On the Sunday, the track at Knockhill was running the right way round, much more to Simon’s taste as he has driven the circuit (forwards) plenty of times.

That experience was shown well as Simon finished first in the N.S.S.C.C race, setting the fastest lap in the process. He then went on to win the British Time Attack Pro Class overall and take the lead in the championship.

He said: “I was extremely happy with how the weekend went, as the conditions were ever changing throughout the day and my team were all flat-out changing the cars settings for me as it was heavy rain one minute then warm sunshine .”

So Simon and his team returned home from Scotland with an impressive haul of trophies and his name at the top of the championship table, giving him high hopes of defending the title he won in 2013.

Simon, who co-owns Deaton’s Metal Centre in Chesterfield, has had a long history of racing in a wide variety of vehicles, starting off with motorcross, quads and off road racing before eventually making the transition onto Tarmac. He has raced in a number of different classes and competitions driving Subarus, a Mitsubishi evo and now his impressive Porsche which won him last year’s championship.