Oulton Park Race 2 report
Owen Walton took victory in a shortened second Volkswagen Racing Cup race. As a result, the Slidesports driver secures not just the points lead, but also the Tom Walker Memorial Trophy.
Walton remained out of trouble, to take victory during the short sprint to the line after a red flag and an extended safety car interrupted proceedings. The Slidesport’s driver had been struggling with a mapping issue all weekend and was pleased to have taken victory at Oulton Park, a circuit in which he’s had previous success.
“We always go well here. Finishing race one in fifth and race two in first, we were just building momentum throughout the day. Oulton Park has always been strong, but it’s not my favourite circuit,” said Walton, who won his debut Volkswagen Cup race here in 2017.
Speaking about winning the Tom Walker Memorial Trophy, he said; “Tom and I picked up first and second here last year. At other circuits as well, we always had good battles, I was a good friend of Tom, it really meant a lot. To have Tom’s mum and dad come and present it and to have my name on that trophy moving forward it’s a great, great privilege.”
Second place would go to Martin Depper, who’d been chasing O.Walton since the start of the race. The ex-BTCC driver, who was making a guest appearance at Oulton Park, narrowly missed out on the Memorial Trophy. Rounding out the podium would be series veteran Rob Allum, making a return with Allumy Motorsports, who Tom Walker raced for. As a local driver, the result had double significance for the Golf driver.
One of the drives of the race would go to Mark Wakefield. Despite starting on the penultimate row, the Mark Wakefield Racing with HSG Sport driver threaded his way through the pack during the two starts, jumping up to fourth on the final lap and almost catching Allum for the podium.
Matt Evans finished fifth on the road to claim the Hankook Trophy for JW Bird Motorsports, ensuring four teams would be represented on the podium.
“It was very interesting that race. I just managed to stay out of trouble, on both starts I managed to miss them through Cascades, but it’s always disappointing when you’re racing behind the safety car for most of it,” said Evans.
Sadly for race one winner Brett Smith, a repeat of the earlier success was not on the cards, as contact with Rob Allum saw the Maximum Motorsport driver squeezed and spun into the inside barrier, taking him out of action.
Brett walked out if the car uninjured, though a red flag would be called as his bonnet was wedged into the barrier at Lakeside, needing marshal attention to remove.
After a brief delay, the competitors, minus Smith, lined back up for the race restart, though a safety car was quickly called after polesitter Dan Crossley was spun, being collected by Owen Walton and Josh Coggan.
Russell Joyce proved to be another fast mover on the final lap, jumping up to sixth and finishing ahead of Darrelle Wilson. Jeff Alden recorded an eighth on his maiden VW weekend as Lewis Smith and Josh Coggan rounded out the top ten.