James Walker made up for his opening round dramas by taking victory in the second round of the 2012 APR Volkswagen Racing Cup at Oulton Park.
Like in race one it was Dominic Pettit who got away quickest, leading the pack into Old Hall from fourth on the grid. However, the Jetta’s time at the front was shortlived as race one winner Aaron Mason demoted the erstwhile leader to second by the end of the lap before Pettit slithered into the Shell Oils Corner gravel trap on lap two.
A brief safety car period allowed Walker’s Scirocco, well patched up between races, to pounce at the restart and demote Joe Fulbrook from second. A string of fastest laps edged him closer to leader Mason, and he made his move for the lead on the seventh lap at the Shell hairpin.
“James had better pace in that race,” conceded Mason, “perhaps because I used the same wet tyres all day – a new set might have helped. However, overall it’s been a good day and I’m not disappointed.”
“That was a really good, clean race,” said the winner. “I had a good battle with Aaron and managed to find a way past at Shell. A first and a second from the opening weekend of the season is a great result and I’m very pleased.”
Like Pettit in race one, third-placed Fulbrook felt heavy late-race pressure from determined SEAT driver Peter Wyhinny. “I saw him coming but managed to stay ahead, just,” he said. “Peter drove very well, all credit to him. My old car is showing its age a bit now and we have struggled with the set-up today; some changes we made worked and some didn’t.”
As in race one Thomas Wilson rounded out the top five, with Richard Morgan in sixth to record his best-yet result in the championship. Philip Morris’s seventh was also a personal best, racing home ahead of Criag Milner, Kieran Griffin, and Chris Levett.
With a win and a second place each, Mason and Walker share the championship lead as the series heads to Brands Hatch on May 19/20 for rounds 3 and 4.