House Ends Oulton Park Weekend on Top with R3 Victory


The VW Racing Cup ended with Phil House on top of the podium, after a triple-header of races on Bank Holiday Monday at Oulton Park. The series packs up as it heads to Silverstone after a race in which a third of the competitors retired.

Tom Witts made a strong start as he chased a clean sweep of victories. The top three made a break for it in the opening laps as second placed House looked to salvage a weekend that has seen him scrape points from poor races.

An intense battle for fifth saw Simon Rudd and Darelle Wilson together on track as a queue quickly formed. It didn’t last long though as Wilson crashed with Toby Davis also off. Both would eventually be dragged back to the pits missing the majority of their front bumper, with the other areas of their cars also substantionally damaged.

Back at the front, House’s pressure finally subsided Witts’ advantage as the race one and two winner lost the lead with half the race still to run. With the battle for fifth coming to an abrupt end, Rudd was released to charge at fourth place Kenan Dole. It ended with him in the grass as the safety car was deployed.

At the restart, Bobby Thompson made the most of the slow Dole to take the advantage on the first lap. The race went from bad to worse for Dole who soon found himself sitting out, as his car would not complete another lap. This helped the cars behind as a mere ten cars took the chequered flag.

House took victory by just over a second as Witts rounded out a fabulous weekend in second. The podium was completed by Kieran Gordon. The Golf had stayed out of trouble after a strong start, though was unable to mount a full challenge on Witts in front.

Bobby Thompson survived to take fourth, despite his dire start, as his namesake; Cameron Thompson, completed the top five after a weekend of mediocre results.