VW Racing Cup Preview – Donington Park Finale
The final round for the Volkswagen Racing Cup sees the series return to Donington Park for the second time this season, with three drivers from as many different teams and cars in line to challenge for the title. Connor Jackson takes you through the action…
All eyes this weekend will be on Owen Walton, Mark Wakefield and Martin Depper, with each looking to take their maiden VW Cup title. Walton, driving the Audi TT, has only picked up one win this season, but sheer consistency has seen him break away at the top, carrying a 14 point lead into the final round. The SlideSports driver has finished outside the top five just once all season and unlike his rivals can still afford to drop one score.
In the Golf is Cheshire racer Mark Wakefield. The Mark Wakefield Racing with HSG Sport driver picked up wins at Silverstone and last time out at Donington and will be expected to fight for victory again this weekend. His challenge will be assisted by the fact he carries the least ballast of the three. In contrast to this is Martin Depper. The former-BTCC racer lost his title lead after missing Croft, stunning many by winning both races last time out at Brands Hatch. The Scirocco carries a 20 point deficit to Walton, but after taking 16 points out of the Audi last round, will be well placed to pounce at Donington.
Elsewhere, the final two Hankook Trophy wins are still up for grabs. With five wins so far, Russell Joyce has emerged as the class’s most successful driver, as the PMR Racing Golf Mk7 looks to add an overall podium to his repertoire. Matt Evans and Jack Depper are the only other drivers to have picked up more than one Hankook Trophy in 2019 with Depper also looking to help his Maximum Motorsport teammate and father; Martin to the crown.
Depper won’t be the only driver with family help either, as Owen’s father; Simon Walton will be aiming for his maiden win of the season. He’s picked up two pole positions this year and along with Josh Coggan, will be one to watch on Saturday. Coggan, competing in the DW Racing Golf, has tasted victory twice and will hope to end his year on a high.
JW Bird Motorsport will field six cars for the final with 2018 vice-champion Ru Clark leading the charge. The 19-year-old joined mid-season after completing his A-Levels, but two second places last round will make him a force to be reckoned with at the front. Joining him will be Suffolk’s Tony Prendergast, currently battling Rob Allum, driving the Allumy Motorsports Golf, and Joyce for fourth in the standings.
Completing the JWB team will be Evans, Cheshire duo Michael Jones & Richard Gilbert and Ru Clark’s father Jeff. All four will be in competition for the Hankook Trophy, where, along with the already mentioned names, they’ll have to beat Jeff Alden of Maximum Motorsport and Mark Steel of Slidesports who have both secured one class win this season.