Depper’s Finish 1-2 as Turner Experiences Pre-Race Problems
Jack Depper extended his championship lead to 25 points as he cruised home to victory in the opening Maximum Networks Volkswagen Racing Cup event at Brands Hatch. The 21-year-old was unfazed in a race of high drama caused by multiple red flags due to incidents in the Goodyear Touring Car Trophy.
There was action even before the race had begun as Olly Turner went grass tracking on the formation lap. The JM Racing car again experiencing technical problems at an inconvenient time for the 18-year-old.
At the race start proper, polesitter Jack Depper narrowly held onto the lead from his father Martin and Jeff Alden, as Turner pitted at the end of the first lap. Fortunately for the yellow and blue clad Golf Mk7, a red flag due to a crash in the TCT / TCR UK ensured he’d be given a second bite at the cherry having emerged from the pitlane prior to the flag being waved.
Martin Depper had briefly led at the first start, but a slipped gear had lost him ground around Druids. Jack was eager not to give his father a second chance, pulling away at the second restart to hold a two second gap throughout proceedings. This gap would again close-up in the dying laps as the pair joked post-race about whether this was due to Jack giving his father a chance to catch-up or Martin finding an extra gear.
Either way, it was a comfortable race for the Maximum Motorsport pair with Jack securing his third win of the year in front of the Kent crowds.
Completing the podium would be Jeff Alden. The Matrix Motorsport driver had been out practicing in a support series during the morning and it was clear he was now more comfortable with the VW Golf. His skill ensured he held off Olly Turner who was clearly out to just finish the race knowing that every point matters. Russell Joyce was unable to start.
Laughing post-race Jack Depper said;
“I think we spent more laps behind the safety car than actually racing,” he joked. “Can’t complain with the win and great to get more points in the bag. We had a nice little tussle with dad [Martin Depper], but certainly from a Volkswagen perspective, quite relaxed.”
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