COGGAN TAKES FIRST VW RACING CUP WIN AS CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDER SET FOR A FINAL SHOWDOWN
By Andrea Hurcombe, Sep 22 2018 09:19PM
On the first of the formation laps, new to the Championship, Jesse Chamberlain had to pull over to secure his bonnett that had flown up. He managed to make it back to the pit lane but was unable to start the race as his windscreen was badly damaged. Five cars (Darron Lewis, Jack Walker-Tully, Martin Depper, Tom Witts and Paul Taylor came into the pits to change onto slick tyres as the track was drying up.
With Owen Walton on pole and Simon Walton just behind, Race 1 got off to a clean start as Tom Walker shot into the lead by Redgate followed by O Walton and Josh Coggan. Ruaridh Clark managed to get past Matthew Wilson as Matthew Evans took a spin but recovered well.
Mark Wakefield sustained some damage to the front of his car after slight contact with Clark. Jamie Bond maintained his 5th place but some smoke was seen coming from the rear of his car.
By the end of lap 4, Coggan had taken 2nd place and set about chasing Walker. With 10 minutes of the race to go, Clark was able to overtake Bond, whilst Wilson and Wakefield were having a great battle. Wilson made his intentions very clear by actually indicating to overtake.
Mark Steel unfortunately had his first VAG Trophy DNF with a mechanical fault.
On lap 7 Coggan made his move on Walker to take first place. Bond appeared to be struggling as Wakefield overtook him with Bond going wide at McLeans. On lap 8 M Depper went off at the Esses, re-joining the track as Bond and Taylor went off at Goddards.
As they crossed the line at the chequered flag, Josh Coggan took his first VW Racing Cup win, with Walker in 2nd and O Walton in 3rd. Championship leader Bond finished in 15th place which sees his lead over Wilson cut to 28 points. Russell Joyce won the Hankook Trophy.