WITTS WINS SECOND ROUND AT OULTON PARK
By unknown, Apr 17 2017 05:50PM
Drier conditions greeted the 27 drivers lining up on the grid, a reduced race distance saw an early retiree in Stephen Johansen unfortunately not completing the green flag lap. Bobby Thompson lined up on pole with Tom Witts for company alongside. Lights out and a blistering start from Witts and House saw them both quickly displace Thompson into turn one, the two quickly breaking from the pack duelling for position.
Bobby Thompson held third briefly before a small error saw him spike to the inside of Knickerbrook colliding with the barrier, getting going again Thompson returned to the pits before retiring. By the end of lap one, Witts led House, with a large gap back to Darelle Wilson leading, Dole, Owen Walton and Kieran Gordon all in close pursuit fighting for the final place on the podium. The Sportsman Trophy fight heated up behind with Ivens snatching seventh off Mark Smith on the lap 2.
A big moment for Tom Walker at druids saw him fall down the order as the battles continued up ahead, House chasing Witts saw them gap the field by 12 seconds, House setting the fastest lap of the race hot on the heals of Witts. Gordon looking fast through Lodge pulled along side the TT of Owen Walton displacing him going into Old Hall. A few car lengths ahead Dole manages to find a gap passing Wilson before racing onto lap 4. As the cars flashed past for another lap the battle for fourth raged on, three wide into Old Hall saw Wilson have a compromised exit, allowing Gordon and Walton passed.
Witts led with House very close behind, but eyes were fixed on the battle for the final step on the podium as the cars entered the last lap, fast through Druids saw a flash of red through the gravel, up and over the barrier, the TT of Owen Walton suffering break failure was unable to stop the car having a very large accident exiting the corner. Getting a run through Lodge Gordon and Dole ran across the line separated by 0.035 of a second, with Dole keeping his third position at the Chequered. Tom Witts managed to hold of the Phil House to take the win snatching the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.
“We’ve had a fantastic return to the series, with two really good results. The car was perfect, complete credit to the Team… House put the pressure on from the Go and but we managed to have the legs on him” commented Tom Witts.
Make sure to join us in two weeks’ time at Rockingham for the next two rounds of the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup.