House and Davis split the VW Cup hon­ours

Motor Sport News - - British Gt Report - Mark Lib­beter

Dou­ble Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup cham­pion Phil House ad­mit­ted he had to “de­fend for his life” to de­feat Si­mon Rudd in race one, al­though Rudd him­self was not im­mune from pres­sure ei­ther cour­tesy of the charg­ing Jack Walker-tul­ley.

A storm­ing start from fifth on the grid pro­pelled the Scirocco of Darelle Wil­son into the lead as the field poured into Turn 1 on the first lap. Wil­son’s mo­ment of glory was to be short-lived though, when he slewed side­ways at Deene, hand­ing the ad­van­tage to Rudd’s Golf. Sec­onds later, House hit the front with a fine move at Grace­lands but Rudd re­fused to let the leader pull out a sig­nif­i­cant gap. Else­where, Ke­nan Dole snatched third be­fore the end of the open­ing tour.

Walker-tul­ley, mean­while, was seek­ing to gain ground af­ter fall­ing to sixth. Af­ter mov­ing into fourth by lap four at the ex­pense of Jamie Bond and Toby Davis, the cousin of for­mer se­ries cham­pion James Walker closed on third­placed Dole. By lap seven, Walker-tul­ley moved his Scirocco ahead of Dole’s Golf, but the lat­ter re­mained close be­hind. Both driv­ers were also keep­ing Rudd, who was swarm­ing all over the back of House’s Scirocco, hon­est.

All eyes con­cen­trated on the lead­ing quar­tet as the race neared its end. Rudd con­tin­ued to pres­surise House ini­tially but as the laps counted down, the for­mer had to think more about de­fend­ing to keep Walker-tul­ley at bay.

Con­se­quently, House was able to make a de­ci­sive break and drive on to vic­tory. Rudd just held off Walker-tul­ley to claim a hard­earned sec­ond, with Dole main­tain­ing fourth.

With the top six on the grid re­versed for race two, Bond in­her­ited pole po­si­tion in his Golf. Hopes of race vic­tory dis­ap­peared though as an ex­cur­sion at Yent­wood on lap one dropped him down the or­der. Davis in­her­ited the lead as Wil­son came through to sec­ond, hav­ing made yet an­other fly­ing start.

Fol­low­ing a brief cau­tion pe­riod, Wil­son sur­ren­dered sec­ond with a mis­take at Tarzan. House was the ben­e­fi­ciary, chased hard by the im­pres­sive Walker-tul­ley. A strong pass at Grace­lands on lap nine altered the po­si­tions and en­abled Walker-tul­ley to close down leader Davis.

Once again, Walker-tul­ley gave his all in at­tempt­ing to grab the ad­van­tage, but it was to no avail. Ahead by just 0.2sec­onds at the flag, a re­lieved but de­lighted Davis clung on to record his first win in the se­ries. House com­pleted the podium, with Bobby Thomp­son’s Polo beat­ing Dole to fourth.

VW CUP House leads the VW field

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