New VW Golf Mk7 starts its first race

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Tin-top cham­pion Tom Witts will han­dle the first race-spec Mk7 Volkswagen Golf in this year’s Volkswagen Racing Cup af­ter giv­ing the car a shake­down at Don­ing­ton Park last week­end.

Witts, who won the Pro­duc­tion GTI ti­tle last sea­son, en­tered the Max­i­mum Motorsport-run car into last week­end’s VAG Trophy races be­fore the VW Cup be­gins at Rock­ing­ham this week­end. He took a best fin­ish of sev­enth.

“The new car is a bit dif­fer­ent,” said Witts. “It’s ba­si­cally a Scirocco un­der­neath the skin so it’s built on a proven plat­form. We’ve had a few tech­ni­cal is­sues. We had an anti-roll­bar break in qual­i­fy­ing and a few gear­box is­sues with gear se­lec­tion, but that’s nor­mal for a new car.

“It looks great and has a lot of po­ten­tial. The or­gan­is­ers want to move the VW Cup for­ward so it was nat­u­ral to try the Mk7.”

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