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A de­ci­sive vic­tory in the fi­nal race of the sea­son helped Philip House to claim the Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup ti­tle af­ter a tense triple­header that fea­tured four driv­ers with a chance of tak­ing the ti­tle.

Two were ef­fec­tively ruled out in race one. Trou­ble started when pole­man Jamie Bond was nudged side­ways at Pad­dock Hill. Three cars then got to­gether at the foot of the bend and guest driver Shaun Hol­lamby was pitched into a roll. Po­ten­tial cham­pion Bobby Thomp­son was also in­volved, and fel­low con­tender Ke­nan Dole’s car was pushed off the re­formed grid with a fuel pump prob­lem.

Bond won the re­run with House a se­cure sec­ond, two places ahead of sur­viv­ing ti­tle ri­val Tom Witts.

The top five were re­versed on the race two grid, and Witts took full ad­van­tage, beat­ing Darelle Wil­son to the flag with House sixth.

The de­cider went com­fort­ably to House af­ter Bond re­tired with a sud­den loss of power. This was de­spite a bro­ken clutch, which lim­ited the new cham­pion to fourth gear from lap two. Witts spent too long be­hind Si­mon Rudd and couldn’t catch House once he reached sec­ond.

The ninth Vee Fes­ti­val fea­tured three races but had an en­try well short of a full grid. De­spite this there was some excellent on-track ac­tion. John Hughes missed qual­i­fy­ing but dashed from last to fourth in his Scarab be­fore a stop­page when podium con­tenders Ian Jor­dan and Ian Bux­ton were in­volved in a Pad­dock Hill in­ci­dent. Hughes headed Craig Pol­lard be­fore the re­run was flagged off with just two laps com­pleted af­ter a car beached at Clark Curve.

Martin Farmer won race two on the road but was demoted to fourth by a track lim­its penalty. This pro­moted Peter Belsey to first, with Pol­lard and Hughes (up from 10th on a re­versed grid) next.

Pol­lard led the first lap of the fi­nale and closed up in traf­fic, but Hughes ended his lim­ited 2016 sea­son with a nar­row vic­tory. Belsey was a dis­tant third with Ben Miloudi and Farmer next. Stephen Mor­rin com­pleted the top six and earned an award as the lead­ing Ir­ish fin­isher.

Chris En­derby’s Rad­i­cal dom­i­nated Satur­day’s All­com­ers races. Peter White’s SR3 was a dou­ble sec­ond even though he lost more than half a minute on one lap in race two when all his gears went tem­po­rar­ily miss­ing. Cater­hams oc­cu­pied most of the other lead­ing places.

Kevin Ot­way wasted his qual­i­fy­ing ad­van­tage with a lap one spin in the first Open Mono race. A cau­tion pe­riod helped him close up again to fin­ish fourth, while Chris Kite’s Dal­lara swooped past Mark Reade (Lea­s­t­one) for the win. Kite’s ter­ri­ble start in race two dropped him to sev­enth, but he picked off those ahead for a sec­ond suc­cess.

Race vic­to­ries in the ever-pop­u­lar Vic­tor Mel­drew Tro­phy were earned by Karl Graves (BMW 120d) and Lewis Turner (Citroen Saxo), but the pro­found mys­ter­ies of the Mel­drew hand­i­cap­ping process meant the cov­eted tro­phy re­turned to the hands of 2014 win­ner Jody Halse. His BMW was clas­si­fied fourth and sev­enth in the two races.

Sun­day’s All­com­ers wins were shared by Nick Starkey and An­thony Ben­nett (Cater­hams). Starkey came un­der pres­sure from Ian Mcdon­ald’s Rad­i­cal SR1 with Ben­nett third af­ter cook­ing his tyres.

Ben­nett made a bet­ter job of it in race two, win­ning by a whisker over Mcdon­ald with Starkey third.

Pho­tos: Gary Hawkins

House took VW ti­tle with win in de­cider

Hughes charged to Vee Fest dou­ble

Graves won first Mel­drew Tro­phy en­counter on road

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