Father’s Honours as Martin Depper takes Victory on Return to VW Cup
Martin Depper took a spectacular win upon his return to the Maximum Networks Volkswagen Racing Cup championship. The 52-year-old proved his racing skills were far from rusty, taking the honours and securing the best Father’s Day present he could achieve. His son Jack had spun early in the race, eventually crossing the line fourth.
While the rain had stayed away, the track was far from dry on an overcast Brands Hatch Sunday. Sharing the grid with the TCT / TCR UK the VW Cup cars had more than themselves to negotiate and chaos in the Touring Car Trophy allowed Jeff Alden to slip through into the lead at the end of the opening lap. Unfortunately, this demon start was all for nothing as the red flag that was brought out as a result, meant the grid would again restart in grid order.
This of course gave polesitter Olly Turner a second chance to maintain the lead, an opportunity he failed to capitalise on as Martin Depper scythed through into the lead, dropping the JM Racing driver to fourth. Once again it had been Jeff Alden making a strong start, holding second place ahead of championship leader Jack Depper at the conclusion of the first lap.
Turner, eager to maximise his results was not about to take this lying down though, worked his way past polesitter Jack and Matrix Motorsport’s Alden to quickly catch the tail of race leader Martin Depper. Catching is one game, passing is another though.
Depper could not pull more than a second gap to the Golf Mk7, as Turner aimed to continue his record of winning every race he finished. The ex-BTCC racer was hardly going to push over though, running a defensive line for much of the race that allowed Alden to remain in touching distance during the opening half of the race.
Across the line, Martin Depper had merely a 0.2 second gap, recording his first and the Scirocco’s fourth win of the season so far.
In the fight for third, Jeff Alden recorded his fifth third place of the season, holding off the late charging Jack Depper to take two points out of the Maximum Motorsport driver’s points lead. Depper had spun early in the race and was nursing an injured Scirocco throughout, ensuring he was unable to make inroads to the leaders. Unfortunately for Russell Joyce he was forced to pull out before the restart.
Speaking afterwards, Martin Depper was quick to acknowledge the poignancy of winning on Father’s Day in front of his son;
“I’m disappointed to MY father, as you should have had a father’s day with son and grandson, but we hope he’s having a good day. For me, it’s a good win so I’m happy to take this result and add another feather to my VW Cup cap.”
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