New-build TTS to contest VW Racing Cup
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.”
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