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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.

By VW Cup, May 27 2017 08:45PM

The Milltek Sport Volkswagen Cup is proud to announce that BTCC ace, Josh Cook has been confirmed as an entry for tomorrow’s (28/05/2017) Volkswagen Cup race events at Snetterton, taking part under the Maximum Motorsport banner in their MK6 Golf R.

The 25-year-old who recently scored an independent win in the British Touring Car Championship, piloting the Maximum Motorsport Focus at Oulton Park commented;

“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of another Maximum Motorsport car. The Volkswagen Cup Championship has proven to be really competitive with a real mix of cars, so I can’t wait to get stuck in tomorrow”

The Volkswagen Racing Cup are elated, that a driver of Josh Cooks stature will be racing with us at Snetterton. The Championship has a history of attracting many BTCC drivers in its past such as; Jason Plato, Tom Onslow-Cole, Michael Epps, Aiden Moffat, Martin Depper, Stewart Lines, Rob Austin, Paul O’Neil, Howard Fuller and Andrew Wilmot to name but a few.

Make sure to keep up to date with how Josh does tomorrow via the Volkswagen Racing Cup social media.