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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.

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.

By VW Cup, Apr 30 2017 01:29PM

The sun beamed down at Rockingham as the cars lined up on the grid, Bobby Thompson pulled up on pole with Maximum Motorsport’s Tom Witts for company alongside. A spin on the warmup lap made for flat spotted tyres for Team Hard Racing pilot Toby Davis before the race had begun. Returning to his grid position, the engine notes rose as the red lights flashed off to commence 20 minutes of Volkswagen Cup racing.

Witts rocketed off the line and took the lead into turn one, returning Walker-Tully having made a similar start displaced House on the inside charging forward in third towards the Deene hairpin. But he wasn’t to hold the place for long, House lined up his run through the Chapman Curve cutting to the inside for Pif-Paf before sealing the deal into Gracelands. With the door open Davis seized the opportunity and displaced Walker-Tully heading towards Tarzan, promoting Davis to fourth. A small moment from Witts saw Thompson use his momentum trough Gracelands and dart to the inside before running side by side with Witts, Bobby having the inside into the Brooke chicane snatched the lead back as the battle continued.

Davis closed up on the bumper of House managing to get a run along the straight and taking the position into turn one, displacing House back to fourth. Yellow flags and safety car boards were brought out with a car off at the exit of Gracelands, Ben Wallace ran wide dropping a wheel onto the dirt throwing the car into the barrier on the inside. Racing resumed as Thompson led the field onto lap five, a change of position for fourth was seen with Bond demoting House through on the inside of Pif-Paf. Thompson up front set a new lap record slowly pulling a gap to second place racer Witts who in turn was pulling a gap back to Davis in third.

The positions weren’t to change heading onto the final lap, the battle for the final step on the podium came alive exiting Tarzan with a Bond putting pressure and forcing Davis to defend his line into the chicane. Bond darted left and right but was unable to get a run on Davis, the chequered dropped with Bobby Thompson taking a dominate near perfect lights to flag victory followed by Tom Witts six seconds a drift in second place and Toby Davis in third. Post race Toby Davis was excluded due to a technical infringement, thus promoting Jamie Bond to third in the results.

“I got an average start off the line, but I’d seen Witts on the outside who seemingly had got a great start, and he took us into turn 2. I waited for my tyres to come in, and was able to get a run through Gracelands and past exiting Tarzan. I wasn’t happy when the safety car a came out but I got away well and pulled a gap, managed my tyres and brought it home. I must say thank you to GKR Scaffolding, Braintree and Team Hard for getting me out there.” Commented Bobby Thompson.

“I was able to get a great start and take the lead into turn 2, had a little moment through Graceland and Bobby was able to get back past. The safety car came out which gave me a chance to attack again, but I knew he had the legs on me, I looked after my tyres and maintained a gap back to Davis and managed the car home.” said Tom Witts.

“I had a difficult race behind Toby, he drove really well and defended enough to keep me behind which was nerve racking with House in my mirrors.But I'm happy to have inherited third position. I must say thank you to Skyline and Warton freight services for their support and of course Team Hard for giving me a great car.” Commented Jamie Bond.

By VW Cup, Apr 28 2017 06:00PM

Maximum Motorsport is proud to announce a late signing for the Volkwagen Racing Cup in form of multiple race winner Jack Walker-Tully. The 24 year old from Nottinghamshire is no stranger to the championship having competed in the previous 4 seasons finishing an impressive 4th overall back in 2015.

Nephew of truck racing champion Richard Walker and cousin of 2012 Racing Cup Champion James Walker, Jack made his racing debut in the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2012 at Silverstone behind the wheel of a Golf GTI before switching to James’ championship winning Scirocco for 2014.

“It all came together quite last minute, Stewart got in contact with myself and we signed the deal up on Tuesday. I watched all the action from Oulton Park and missed being out there so we made it happen to get out for Rockingham… A podium would be a dream return but I would be happy with a top 5 finish”

“I haven’t driven the car in almost a year, my last outing being at Spa last season. But we’ve had a good test day back in the car today so I’m confident for my return, just hoping for a bit of rain.” commented Jack.

Jack will be run for the first time under the Maximum Motorsport awning for this weekends action at Rockingham Motor Speedway, his last outing at the circuit saw Jack snatch the all time lap record as well as a duo of podium finishes.

“I’m delighted to have a very capable driver in Jack signed to Maximum, he has an impressive proven track record in the championship and I’m certain he’ll be up the front with Tom fighting at the sharp end. “ commented team owner Stewart Lines.

All the action at Rockingham kicks off on Sunday the 30th of April at 09:00AM qualifying before the first race at midday.

By VW Cup, 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.