By VW Cup, Sep 5 2017 02:28PM
The rain fell as the cars took to the track for their 20 minutes of qualifying, different tyre choices through-out the grid lent itself to an interesting session. The diesel Scirocco of Darelle Wilson was first to post a representative lap time briefly holding the top spot before Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker quickly displaced him.
Maximum Motorsport’s Tom Witts was next to head the timing screens being followed across the line by an improving Wilson, who went second fastest by a mere three tenths. Scotsman Kieran Gordon flashed past the start finish straight to put his mark on the session going third fastest before Team Hard’s Dole posted the second fastest time on his first flying lap.
A lap later Dole improved to go quickest with Gordon breaking the timing beam moments later jumping back to second, just half a tenth off pole. Seconds later Witts improved to go fastest for brief moment before the JWB Scirocco of Gordon improved once more to go provisional pole by a 7 tenths margin, running slicks on the front and wets on the rear of his car.
The positions weren’t to change as the top two both improved seeing Kieran Gordon take pole position, from Tom Witts sealing the second fastest time matching his best qualifying results so far this season. Darelle Wilson claimed the third fastest time closely followed by championship contender Jamie Bond.
Bobby Thompson unfortunately suffered car issues during qualifying meaning he will be starting the first race of the day from the back of the grid.
More rain fell setting the scene for what was to be an interesting race as the drivers took to the grid. Bobby Thompson rolled into position ahead of the red lights flashing on before quickly going off with the field racing towards turn one. A swift getaway from Wilson saw him up and past Witts into Allad with Bond charging close behind.
To the inside and past went the 56 of Bond into Campbell as the Team Hard pilot snatched third place from Witts. Further back saw Thompson beginning to pick off cars from the rear of the field as he charged through the field.
The cars streamed past the start finish straight with Thompson up to sixth as they darted through turn one once more. Dole lining up a move on teammate Bond completed the pass as the cars reappeared heading into Club at the end of lap two.
Darelle Wilson pulled the gap in on leader Gordon making a move for the lead around the fast back section of the track appearing with a decent margin to the now second place Kieran Gordon as they reappeared at Club. A few corners later, heading into the complex Witts began eyeing up a move on Gordon ahead diving to the outside as Gordon defended.
The two collided exiting Cobb resulting in the Team Hard duo of Dole and Bond passing them both, demoting the pair down two places each. A lap later third place sitter Jamie Bond slowed with mechanical issues demoting him dramatically down the order.
The field raced on with Witts managing a move on Gordon up the inside into Campbell leaving Gordon slow exiting the complex, to be easy pray for the fast charging Thompson who demoted him a place further.
Up front Dole put his head down as he closed in on Wilson for the lead setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, but all eyes were on Thompson as a move for third became imminent. Witts lead Thompson towards the complex as Thompson took a late lunge up the inside. The cars ran side by side exiting Cobb seeing Witts have a moment, dropping a wheel onto the grass and taking to the infield, allowing Thompson and Gordon past.
Up front Dole was finally close enough to make a move on Wilson. Getting a good exit from Church, Dole took to the outside under braking, getting ahead before pulling across the nose of Wilson to take the lead. Thompson, 4 seconds back began picking up the pace as he closed in Wilson for second, posting the fastest lap of the race on his way.
With little time left on the clock, Dole led the field onto the last lap with Wilson and Thompson in close pursuit behind. Defending hard Wilson went side by side with Thompson exiting the Complex and through noble seeing Thompson edge past as they entered Church.
The chequered was ready and dropped on Kenan Dole, securing his maiden win in the championship, closely followed across the line by an impressive drive from Bobby Thompson after starting from the back of the grid. Third place was claimed by Darelle Wilson after being displaced on the final rotation of the circuit.
The rain continued to fall as the field took to the circuit once more for the second reverse grid race of the day. Series points leader Tom Witts lined up on pole along alongside the grey Scirocco Kieran Gordon after completing the quick green flag lap. The gantry lit up before flashing off commencing the 20 minutes of action.
Gordon’s Scirocco juddered to a halt as he stalled off the line, cars behind scampered left and right in avoidance of the stationary vehicle. Further back in the field the Golf of Tom Walker stood motionless also having stalled off the line before they both shot off in chase of the field.
The cars raced into the complex for the first time in a blur of spray disappearing exiting Cobb. Championship protagonist Jamie Bond making the most of the dramatic start found himself in fourth position after starting on the fifth row of the grid.
The field raced on with Witts pulling a small gap back to Team Hard’s Dole, Gordon recovering from the poor start began reeling in the field setting the fastest lap of the race on his charge. A lap later Bond snatched the fastest lap from Gordon quickly pulling in the gap to the three up front.
Up front Witts began defending as the trio of Team Heard machinery closed in behind, heading towards Campbell Witts locked his brakes and ran wide into the corner demoting him down to fourth as the race continued.
The clock ticked down as Thompson began contemplating a move on teammate Dole for the lead. Heading through Church Thompson got the overlap undercutting on the inside and found himself past Dole into the braking zone of Club to take the lead.
Up in front and determined to stay there Thompson posted a new fastest lap as he began to pull a margin back to Dole. Before Dole could respond the chequered dropped seeing Thompson take the win, heading a Team Hard Racing podium lockout with Dole securing second and Bond completing the top three.
Leaving Thruxton Bobby Thompson now leads the way on the points after drop scores by a mere 5 point margin to Maximum Motorsport’s Tom Witts. With such a small points difference the championship fight will come to a conclusion in just three weeks time when the championship heads to Donington for the final round, make sure not to miss it!