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By VW Cup, Aug 7 2017 07:36PM


A dry and sunny open to the day set the scene for the qualifying session around the 2.61 miles of the Brands GP loop. The lights went green and allowed the stream of cars onto the circuit, Team Hard’s Jamie Bond was the first of the runners to post the a representative lap time throwing down the benchmark for the other competitors. Next across the line came two JWB Sciroccos in the form of Phil House and Kieran Gordon slotting right under Bond in P2 and P3. Bobby Thompson flashed up onto the screen with two green sectors and a purple to briefly go to the top of the table to only be displaced by Bond on his second rotation.

Kent’s Kenan Dole was next to put his mark on the session slotting into P3 whilst the polo of Johansen jumped to sixth in the standings posting the fastest Sportsman Trophy driver time so far in the session. Gravel dust flew into the air as Toby Davis gets it wrong exiting Surtees and finds himself stranded, bringing out the safety car to bring the session to a slower pace. With little time on the clock the safety car peeled into the pits with just two laps available for the drivers to go quicker.

Championship leader Tom Witts jumped up the timing screen to go sixth fastest whilst fighting the 60kg success ballast, but immediately gets pushed down the order as a gaggle of cars finish the session with their fastest times. As the chequered flag dropped Jamie Bond sat on provisional pole waiting for others to cross the line, Bobby Thompson breaks the beam to go second fastest, only half a tenth separating the top two. Kieran Gordon wasn’t to improve but had done enough to secure third on the grid.

A late lap from Simon Walton placed him the highest Sportsman Trophy drivers in fourth, with Kenan Dole not improving had secured fifth on the grid for race one. Tim Docker threw down an impressive late time to place sixth ahead of returning champion Phil House and Tom Witts in seventh and eighth.


The grid lined up on the Sunny Brands Hatch start finish straight with a Team Hard front row lockout. Lights out and an even start saw the field rocket towards turn one, contact from House on the rear of Docker assists the Scirocco into a slide down Paddock Hill bend as cars began darting in all directions in avoidance. Docker slid across the track as Paul Ivens took to the right and clipped the rear of the spinning Scirocco spiking Ivens into the air before widly rolling multiple times and finally coming to a rest on his roof. The polo of Stephan Johansen also an innocent party being caught up in the incident after running side by side with Ivens before leaving the circuit, collecting Docker and ending up in the tyre wall after a hefty impact.

The race came to an immediate stop with red flag conditions as the medical teams attended to the drivers. Paul Ivens was removed from the car and stretched off, before later being taken to the Hospital for checks. The cars returned to the grid as the marshals and medical teams worked to clear the incident. The other drivers involved were taken to the medical centre for check ups to assure their well being. With the race length shortened to ten minutes, the cars set off on their second green flag lap.

The sun continued to shine as the cars returned to the grid to restart the race, the lights flashed off and the racing resumed. JWB’s Kieran Gordon relishing the restart took no time to displace Thompson for second, but Thompson quick to retaliate repaid the favour by slipping up the inside of the Scotsman at Sheen Curve.

Next to make a move was championship points leader Tom Witts who forced Dole to defend into Clearways allowing the white and green Scirocco to undercut on exit and pull alongside down the straight to snatch the position. Heading up to druids House found himself defending on the inside to fend of the charging Golf of Toby Davis. Shooting to the outside Davis tried his luck and pulled it off whilst House found himself boxed in behind Dole.

Further up the grid Simon Walton lined up a run down the back straight on third place sitter Kieran Gordon, using the slipstream and the momentum exiting the turn, the Audi pulled alongside and past before the breaking zone of Hawthorns Bend. Jamie Bond up front began pulling a lead over teammate Bobby Thompson in second as the cars flashed through the timing beam once more.

Dole ran wide exiting Graham hill bend allowing House past up to seventh place, as the two front runners began trading purpler sectors chasing around the track. No further changes saw the field take the chequered flag with Jamie Bond sealing the win followed across the line by Bobby Thompson in second and Simon Walton in third. Russell Joyce claimed the Sportsman Trophy award after charging through the field from P16 to P11.


As the sun lowered in the sky the drivers took to the grid for the second reverse grid race, seeing Team Hard’s Kenan Dole lined up on pole position with teammate Toby Davis for company on the front row. Witts lined up behind on the second row of the grid along side the grey Scirocco of Kieran Gordon. A few cars were missing from the line up due to the race one incident, seeing Stephen Johansen, Tim Docker and Paul Ivens understandably not making it to the grid. Jack Walker-Tully also unfortunately retired from the remainder of the weekend due to mechanical issues.

With the green flag lap completed the cars lined up on the grid before shortly being released racing once more. Dole lead the field off the line and into paddock hill bend, Gordon getting a quick getaway made the most of his momentum, overtaking Witts for third around the outside of Paddock before shooting up hill towards druids. Davis challenging for the lead around the outside gets knocked by Gordon on the rear pushing them both wide and demoting Davis down to third.

The cars quickly disappeared in-between the trees before returning through the Clark Curve and onto the straight, Darelle Wilson having started in eighth had made up three places by the end of the first rotation. Russell Joyce entered the pits after the first lap having started in eleventh on the grid, to unfortunately retire with mechanical issues. A lap went by with Witts closing in on Davis for third, pulling along side, Witts managed to go around the outside of Davis at the Hawthorns Bend before latched onto the back of Gordon ahead.

Having a bad start, Bobby Thompson began his charge back through the field setting the fastest lap of the race so far whilst closing in teammate bond in sixth. At the front Witts began eyeing a move on second place sitter Kieran Gordon, forcing Gordon to defend, Witts cut to the inside exiting Westfields before pulling alongside heading towards Dingle Dell before securing the move. Off line from being overtaken, Gordon found Davis up the inside and past before the completion of the lap, demoting him down to fourth from second.

Pushing hard Davis’ driver side door flew open due to previous contact forcing him to pit and retire from the race whilst sitting third on track. Back up front, Witts had taken no time to pull in leader Dole to start contemplating a move, with the fast charging Thompson looming large after passing Wilson behind for fifth position. Witts closing in cuts to the inside at Dingle Dell and claims the lead demoting Dole to second place before the gaggle raced onto another lap. Bond slides wide through Paddock hill allowing Thompson to inherit the position.

The top four separated by less than a second bunched together, with Kieran Gordon pouncing up the inside of Dole which in turn allowed Thompson through before the gaggle broke the timing beam once more. Heading up to druids, Dole dove to the inside to regain one of the lost places to displace Thompson back to fourth place. The cars briefly disappeared around the GP loop before reappearing with Bond having made the move on Dole on the final lap, before the chequered dropped on Tom Witts for his fourth win of the season, followed across the line by Kieran Gordon in second and Jamie Bond in third. Matthew Evans collected the Sportman Trophy honours after finishing the race in eleventh place.

By VW Cup, Jun 19 2017 03:07PM

As the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup takes a two month intermission over the Summer, teams and drivers are already gearing up for the remainder of the season. So far this year we’ve seen three different drivers taking a victory, as well as eight different drivers gracing the podium after six races completed out of the 14.

Tom Witts leads the way on the points for Maximum Motorsport after claiming a race win at every event so far this season, only dropping off the podium twice in his green Scirocco. Returning Triple champion Phil House currently sits second in the standings with three podiums and many consistent top five finishes, but is yet to jump a step higher to snatch a win this year.

Sitting third in the standings is Team Hard pilot Jamie Bond, just 32 points behind the championship leader. Jamie’s first full season in the championship has seen the 23 year old take a trio of third places and is rarely seen out of the top ten at any track. Jamie will be one to watch for the remainder of the season, as he has shown that he is a more than capable driver.

Fourth in the standings sits Scottish racer Kieran Gordon for JWB motorsport, Kieran making the switch to the Scirocco late last season seemingly revelling the change in car by acquiring a duo of third place finishes so far this year as well as multiple points finishes.

Bobby Thompson recovering from two tough races at different venues so far this season, sits fifth in the standings after claiming two race wins and a podium. Thompson also claimed more points than any other competitor from the previous round at Snetterton, showing his intentions for the remainder of the year.

With four different venues and eight races remaining, it’s all still very much to play for in the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup. Time will tell to see which lucky three drivers will be claiming the British Touring Car Championship test courtesy of Maximum Motorsport, and who will be taking championship honours.

By VW Cup, May 29 2017 01:07PM

The sun returned once more for the final 20 minute race of the day for the Volkswagen Racing Cup competitors. Maximum Motorsport locked out the front row with Jack Walker-Tully taking the pole position in the reverse gird, alongside championship leader Tom Witts. As the lights flashed off Witts launched from the line and found himself door to door with Walker-Tully before running around the outside of Riches and into the leading heading into Wilson.

Witts led the procession out of Murrays, behind had seen a change of position as JWB’s Kieran Gordon cut to the outside of Coram, taking the inside into Murrays and displacing Walker-Tully. Heading down the straight Walker-Tully’s bonnet began violently shaking before finally ripping loose and flying into the air. The bonnet returned to the tarmac only to be collected by the Audi TT of Simon Walton doing substantial damage to the front end of his car.

Phil House found himself behind Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker who was sitting in fourth position after starting ninth on the grid. House getting a good run out of Wilson ran side by side with Walker for multiple corners before finally car 77 conceded the position into Oggies. Compromised by House passing into Oggies, Wilson used his momentum to pull past down the long Bentley straight to displace Walker to sixth.

Up next to challenger Walker was the fast charging Bobby Thompson, getting the job done under braking into Agostini, before getting onto terms of Darelle Wilson’s smoke belching Scirocco, making the move before the end of the lap. As the field entered lap 8 Thompson set the fastest lap of the race charging down House in fourth. Heading towards Agostini the number 19 Golf jinked to the inside displacing house with two laps left to run.

As Witts led the field onto the final lap, the 25 year old looked comfortable to pick up his third win of the season, but Thompson was not finished on his charge through the grid. Running alongside Walker-Tully into Riches Thompson took third position around the outside, before latching onto the rear bumper of Kieran Gordon for second. Heading towards Thompson’s favourite place for displacing his fellow competitors, Bobby dove to the inside of Agostini snatching second off Gordon.

The chequered flag was ready and dropped on Tom Witts extending his championship lead with his third win of the season. Next across the line was Bobby Thompson closely followed by Kieran Gordon in third. Paul Ivens took the Sportsman Trophy honours in race two to finish the days racing. The championship heads south to Kent’s Brands Hatch GP in two months time on the 6th of August!

By VW Cup, May 28 2017 01:11PM

The sky became slightly overcast as the field lined up to tackle the 3 miles of Norwich tarmac. Bobby Thompson lined up on pole position alongside fellow Team Hard pilot, Jamie Bond. As the lights flashed off, Phil House launched off the line making the best start from the leading group. Cutting to the middle, Witts followed as they carved to the front of the pack.

Thompson led the way with House now close on his bumper exiting Wilson, Jamie Bond dropping a place off the start now sat in third. Gordon latched onto the back of Witts making his intentions clear. Getting a good run out of Williams and down Bentley straight, The JWB Scirocco took to the outside of the fully weighted Witts heading under the bridge. The outside became the inside into Nelson allowing Gordon past.

As the field entered Coram, Bond darted to the outside pulling alongside House on the edge of the grip available, before diving on the brakes and down the inside of Thompson taking the lead. The lead group compromised by the slow exit of Murrays, allowed Witts past House for fourth.

The field completed the second lap, with the Scotsman flashing up with the fastest lap of the race. The top three broke from the pack, as Witts began on the defence against the charging Scirocco of House. Exiting Wilson, House pulled to the inside and was passed before jinking into Palmer, displacing Witts to fifth. Up front Thompson had begun applying the pressure to the rear bumper of Bond, closing in down Bentley straight, the number 19 Golf took the outside, locked up and dove onto the grass before re-joining and giving Bond the position back.

Further back Walker-Tully was next in line to attack Witts and his weight laboured Scirocco, making a move through Coram displacing the championship leader to sixth. Multiple track limits infringements saw many of the front runners receive 5 second penalties before the race was up, two of which were given to race leader Jamie Bond, and third position runner Kieran Gordon. As the chequered dropped, Bobby Thompson was granted the win, with Phil House receiving second place and Jamie Bond in third.

By VW Cup, May 28 2017 09:30AM

A cool sunny morning welcomed the 24 drivers into the pits, as the track went green for the 20 minute qualifying session. The field streamed out the pits and began working heat into their fresh Hankook tyres. Returning champion Phil House broke the timing beam first throwing down a bench mark time, which was quickly matched by Thompson as he flashed across the line.

Jamie Bond was next to top the times but only for a brief moment as Thompson threw down the gauntlet putting a 1 second margin between himself and the second fastest time. House and Gordon both improved to slot in between Thompson and Bond, with Kieran Gordon shaving Thompson’s margin in half in provisional second place.

VAG Trophy race winner, Ben Wallace was next to jump up the timing sheets going second, just one tenth off Thompson ahead. Team Hard’s Jamie Bond shot once again to the top of the timing screen but to only be displaced by Thompson improving his time with two purple sectors. Further down the order championship points leader Tom Witts set his first representative lap time placing sixth, trying to pull everything out of the car on maximum ballast. Maximum Motorsport’s Tim Docker set the fastest lap time of the Sportsman Trophy competitors qualifying a career best eighth position.

The chequered dropped with no further improvements in the field seeing Bobby Thompson claim pole position with a Team Hard front row lock out with Jamie Bond lining up alongside him. Third place on the grid will be JWB’s Kieran Gordon taking to the second row of the grid.