By VW Cup, Apr 30 2017 11:07PM
The sun briefly broke through the clouds as the 23 grid field took to the track for the second time to battle it out again on the 1.94 miles of the Rockingham circuit. Lights out and the cars darted off, third row starter Witts getting off the line the best, shot to the middle of the track out dragging the field leading them into the Deene hairpin for the first time. House making moves off the start claimed second place with JWB teammate Kieran Gordon tucked up closely behind in third.
The field raced towards Yentwood, jumping on the brakes Walker’s rears locked, spinning him around and colliding with the fast charging Team Hard Golf of Davis. Cars took to the grass in avoidance and in the havoc Joyce was helped into the barrier before Chapman Curve. All cars recovered baring the Polo of Joyce who had unfortunately retained substantial damage from the impact with the barrier. Witts led the field round to complete the first lap, as the battle for second began heating up. Gordon seeing an opportunity, cut to the inside of Pif-Paf before pulling clear onto the Steel Straight displacing House to third. Davis came across the line tenth on lap two gaining an impressive thirteen places from the opening bout.
The safety car was deployed briefly to recover the stricken Power Maxed Racing Polo, before action got back underway again on lap four. Thompson took advantage of the restart by quickly demoting Team Hard teammate Dole before getting onto terms of Walker-Tully taking to the inside and gaining the place exiting Tarzan. The cars raced round once more, House tucked up in the slip stream closed up on Gordon, pulling to the inside before claiming the position. A few car lengths back, Thompson jumped onto the brakes late, giving Gordon a small tap, knocking the scirocco sideways briefly before the Scotsman hastily collected the slide and pressed on.
A lap later saw Dole lock the brakes into Tarzan colliding hard with Thompson ahead, before shooting into the Gravel trap. The wounded car of Thompson limped on being demoted by several drivers at race pace. Dole’s stranded Golf was deemed in a safe enough position for the race to continue without need of a second appearance of the safety car. The cars raced on, Davis had his sights firmly set on the bumper of teammate Bond, taking a good line exiting the intrack, Davis aimed for the inside of Deene grabbing fifth postiion, and an impressive eighteen places gained from the start.
The squabbling bunched the top five together for the final few laps, but the positions were to not change at full race distance with Tom Witts taking the chequered flag and his second win of the 2017 season. Bumper to Bumper Phil House brought it home to take second place honours closely followed by Kieran Gordon claiming the final step on the podium. Speedwork’s Stephen Johansen won the teams first piece of silverware with Johansen collecting the Sportsman Trophy award.
“I had a great launch off the line and somehow managed to find the gap on the inside into Deene. I tried to make a gap but Phil and Keiran were strong and pushing me hard. I new the tyres would go off for everyone so I just held on the best I could and managed to get a small gap towards the end of the race. I’d like to thank Maximum Motorsport for giving me such a great car, Reflex Autodesign and everyone else that came along to support me” Commented Tom Witts.
Make sure to catch the Volkswagen Racing Cup next time out at Snetterton on Sunday the 28th of May.