Volkswagen Racing Cup Preview – Snetterton
The second round of the Volkswagen Racing Cup blasts into action around the 2.97 mile Snetterton circuit this weekend. The second longest track on the calendar, Snetterton never fails to impress the crowds with its long straights; allowing for some extreme slipstreaming along two parts of the former airfield, while the tight infield tests the VW’s brakes and patience.
After a dramatic first round, both Brett Smith and Owen Walton picked up race wins, as Walton also collected the Tom Walker Memorial Trophy, ensuring he has an early points lead heading to Norfolk. Walton’s father Simon, racing alongside him in the Slidesports-run Audi TT, won the opening Snetterton race last year and the team will be looking to make it back-to-back victories.
The third Slidesport entry will be driven by Mark Steel as he looks to improve upon his weekend at Oulton Park in the Golf Mk7. As for Walton though, he was beaten in the second race last year by former BTCC racer Martin Depper, who currently lies second in the standings. He’ll be joined by his son Jack, who enjoyed a top ten finish on debut three weeks ago.
He’s not the only young driver at the sharp end either. Josh Coggan recorded a second place last time out and now in his third year is quickly establishing himself as a title protagonist. The DW Racing Golf goes into this round just 14 points off Owen Walton.
Lowestoft-racer Tony Prendergast will be aiming for a strong home weekend driving the #5 JW Bird Motorsport car. The Scirocco driver banking on home support at Snetterton. Leading the JW Bird team will be Matt Evans. The Bedfordshire racer recorded two top ten finishers last time out and will be targeting podiums, along with their Cheshire teammate trio Dan Crossley, Michael Jones and Richard Gilbert.
Podium finisher Rob Allum will be back with Allumy Motorsports as the teams’ sole entry. He won’t be the only independent as Russell Joyce competes for PMR Racing. Allum and Joyce currently sit fourth and fifth in the standings, hoping to consolidate their position this round. Elsewhere, Mark Smith competes for Team Richard Fire Engineering and Mark Wakefield runs his own self-named Golf with HSG Sport.
Brett Smith will still be many pundits favourite going into the weekend. The ex-BTCC racer and Mini Challenge champion, dominated qualifying and the opening race, only for a crash to scupper his perfect weekend at Oulton Park. The Northamptonshire racer will face stiff competition, even from inside his own team, as Super Silhouette champion Lewis Smith looks to improve upon his debut with Maximum Motorsport last time out.
The drivers will each get a twenty-minute qualifying and two equally-sized races to show their prowess this weekend.