Witts puts in Maximum Effort to Close in on Title Lead


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Tom Witts continued to close in on the VW Racing Cup lead with a win in race three at Donington Park. His success ensures that he lies 31 points behind the leader going into the final round.

Witts was the first to overcome the stern defensive driving of Toby Davis, allowing the Maximum Motorsport driver space to build a comfortable lead. He eventually won the race a number of seconds in front of his nearest competitor.

It was a strong start for pole sitter Davis, but another disaster for Phil House who dropped back after a poor start. Witts saw the opportunity, diving up the inside into the first corner as Stephan Johansen initially followed him through.

Davis was clearly not able to keep up and soon lost the lead to Witts who drove off into the distance. House soon regained his momentum, but was held up by the rugged Davis.

While Davis became a nemesis for the Cup leader, his defence proved to not be unbreakable as Bobby Thompson and Simon Rudd soon found a way past both. House was clearly struggling as he saw his podium chances slip away.

Back at the front, Witts and Thompson continued to pull away, both determined to make up ground as House continued to drop.

Eight minutes to go and Davis was finally beaten. House and Kenan Dole in his new Passat made their way past. Now back up to fourth, House broke away, closing the gap on third placed Rudd.

With four minutes to go, a red flag was issued as the #177 of Mason Lennick beached his car in the gravel. Unable to retrieve the car, the pack was stopped giving Witts the win.

He would be joined on the podium by Thompson and Rudd, while House finished fourth. Further back Dole lost his front bumper, yet still achieved fifth in front of Davis and Johansen. Rounding out the top eight was Kieran Gordon after an uneventful drive.