Phil House hangs on to take VW Racing Cup victory


Phil House drove a very wide Scirocco as he hung on from a very determined attack from Joe McMillan to try and get first place from him.

Starting from pole position, House managed to make a clean getaway going into the first corner at Riches with McMillan looking to get past on the first lap.

Those two spent the rest of the race breaking away from the rest of field, helped by the fact that third down to about ninth were swapping places more regularly than a pigeon flaps its wings.

At first it was Jack Walker-Tully that occupied the final place on the podium, but he couldn’t fight off the attentions of Joe Fulbrook and on lap three, he was demoted off the podium and down to fourth.

Aaron Mason found himself in fifth for a time, with Michael Epps and Lucas Orrock squabbling for sixth and seventh on lap three as well.

Two laps later and that order was already completely different. Orrock found himself in fifth place after some slick overtaking in what was becoming a NASCAR-style pack with Mason moving down to sixth, race one winner Bobby Thompson getting stuck in in seventh and David Sutton lurking in eighth. Epps would take that eighth place a lap later.

That was the start of Epps’ charge up the field which saw him take in fifth place for a lap or two before using the inside line at the Montreal Hairpin to good effect to take fourth and then third place.

His move up the grid coincided with Walker-Tully’s descent down the order as a mistake at Coram saw him go off line and drop down to eighth place from what was fourth.

While all that was going on, Matthew Wilson in the #31 found himself stranded at the side of track at Murrays with a seeming lack of power. Most of the grid managed to slow and avoid the car, which was straddling the kerbs, apart from Howard Fuller who decided to not bother respecting yellow flags and went round at racing speed, thought ‘Oh bother I might be about to hit him’ and then went bunny hopping across the grass in avoidance.

Back at the front, and as the flag fell House’s calmer head meant he didn’t make such mistakes and hung on to claim victory less than a second ahead of Joe McMillan who couldn’t use any of his tricks to get past the PH Motorsport man.

In third was Epps, who was followed by Fulbrook, Orrock, Mason and Thompson.

  • experiencedracer

    not sure the author of this piece understands racing – watch it again and listen to Brundle’s live commentary and you’ll realise that the unfortunate Fuller was completely unsighted  – surely the problems is race cars being parked in dangerous places – there should have been a safety car!