New-build TTS to con­test VW Rac­ing Cup

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Mini racer Si­mon Wal­ton will be­come the first per­son to field a new-gen­er­a­tion Audi TT in the Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup in 2017.

Wal­ton, who com­petes in the Cooper Class of the Mini Chal­lenge, has bought two brand new two-litre TFSI TTS for both him­self and his son Owen to race next sea­son.

The cars were de­liv­ered last month and have al­ready done a track day at Croft, be­fore be­ing sent away to VW spe­cial­ist Slidesports to be built into race cars for next year.

Wal­ton Sr, who runs the Swan Flight case busi­ness, said: “We’ve got spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to run the TTS in the VW Cup as they’re the new model so it works for the se­ries and for Audi.

“No­body has built and raced a new TT in this coun­try, so it’s a good chal­lenge to be do­ing the first de­vel­op­ment with things like the rollcage, brakes and such.

“The cars are front-wheel drive, 230bhp and are great fun, and they should eas­ily be com­pet­i­tive against the usual Golfs and Sciroc­cos on the grid. We just wanted to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent – this fits the bill. Owen and I will still do Mini Coop­ers next year too so it’ll be busy.”

Photo: Gary Hill

A Ssangy­ong Ko­rando made a brief ap­pear­ance at Brands Hatch last Satur­day.the pickup truck – which will be raced in the one-make Ssangy­ong Rac­ing Chal­lenge that is sched­uled to launch in 2017 – was en­tered into the All­com­ers event at the cir­cuit, but driver Ash Slights lost con­trol at Pad­dock Hill bend on his first qual­i­fy­ing lap and the Ko­rando fin­ished on its side in the gravel trap.

Wal­ton has en­listed help of Slidesports to pre­pare TTS for rac­ing

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