Unfinished business drives Russell Joyce towards sixth consecutive VW Cup season
Following a cut-short campaign in 2020 due to the reduced calendar of events, Russell Joyce joins the Maximum Networks Volkswagen Racing Cup grid for a sixth consecutive season this year, aiming to attend to some unfinished business.
Prepared by front-running BTCC operation Power Maxed Racing, the Chelmsford businessman’s Golf Mk7 has undergone a significant development programme over the winter, which has included a series of upgrades to the car’s aero and suspension. Following the general lack of seat time last year, Russell will take every opportunity to test the car before the season kicks off on May 31st at Castle Combe and therefore, hopes to be right on the pace when the red lights go out.
“Last year was frustrating for all sorts of reasons and when things went well it was clear there was plenty more to come.
“Therefore, there’s some unfinished business to attend to this year and if you add the potential pace to the development work PMR has carried out over this past few months, I see no reason why we can’t challenge for podiums this year.”
As well as having five previous seasons under his belt, Russell is no stranger to the championship in other ways, as his award-winning vehicle graphics company Joyce Design is a long-standing sponsor of the VW Cup. Indeed, the company is well known in the motorsport world for its work with a number of high-profile teams and championships.
“With the changes the VW Cup organisers are putting in place for this year and the prospect of 14 races ahead of us, I must admit that I’m really looking forward to this season. It’s also exciting to see that we’re sharing the grid with competitors racing in the Touring Car Trophy and TCR UK, which is generating even more attention and raising the profile of our championship even further.
“So, will all these things ahead of us and after what will have been a long winter break by the time we get to the first round, I can’t wait to get started. Bring it on!”