House leaves rivals locked out at Silverstone


Phil House has taken a commanding pole position at Silverstone as he went more than one second faster than his rivals in qualifying for the VW Racing Cup.

The PH Motorsport driver was the first to set a competitive lap time and immediately went seven seconds faster than the competition with a 2:45.773 which he then bettered to a 2:41.034 on the next lap round.

Behind him, Simon Rudd was making a good attempt at keeping pace with the #3 with a 2:43.818 to be more than two seconds behind but holding a decent gap to those behind.

However, that didn’t last long as Jack Walker-Tully’s Cooke & Mason VW Scirocco broke into the 2:42s to snatch second place away from Rudd. But, with the track drying by the second, times were changing more than the weather itself and Toby Davis started to make a move for the front of the grid, a 2:42.136 was good for a time but Bobby Thompson’s VW Polo made a mint move and a 2:41.496 placed him as the man most likely to challenge House for pole.

House wasn’t resting on his laurels though, as he extended the pole time down to 2:39.694 and then down to 2:38.952 as he mastered the conditions a lot better than those behind.

In second, Davis managed to at least make House’s pole time look not as dominant as he set a 2:40.113 to finish just over 1.1s behind on the front row. Third place went to Jack Walker-Tully who couldn’t keep up his early leaps forward and finished three-tenths behind.

Bobby Thompson would finish fourth in the end, a good result for a Polo which is making notable improvements each weekend. Also having a good result was championship returnee James Walker who put his Team HARD Scirocco into fifth.