Davis Dominates Damp Donington Qualifying to Deny House


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A spectacular damp pole position time of 1min 55.047 saw Toby Davis take the VW Racing Cup pole. The Golf driver dominated the majority of the session as he looks to finish on a high with only one meeting left after Donington Park.

As the championship leader, pressure was on Phil House to perform at Donington Park. Unlike the headlining British GT, the VW’s are not at their final round, so every result still matters to the field as they prepare for the triple header this weekend.

With seven minutes of qualifying to run, Davis lead the way in his Team HARD Racing car. Leader House was pushing him though as the cars continued to improve on a drying track.

The morning rain ensured that all the drivers ventured out on wet tyres with some of the machines suiting the conditions more than others. With five minutes to run House leaped to the top as Tom Witts and Simon Rudd joined the leading pair.

It soon became a straight shoot-out for the pole between Davis and House. While Davis will not be fighting for the championship, a strong end of season will be vital for the Ledbury born driver.

For House, not wanting to lose a vital opportunity to extend his gap at the top set his personal best on the final lap. It was too little too late though as Davis secured pole.

A final lap shocker from Rudd saw him take second pushing House down to third. The JW Bird Motorsport driver’s nearest rival; Witts, will line up alongside in fourth.

Sadly for the Polo’s, fifth was the best they could manage with Johansen and Bobby Thompson going fifth and seventh respectively. Splitting the two Polo’s will be Mark Smith, as Kieran Gordon rounds out the top eight.