The 2010 VW Cup backed by Fuchs Lubricants will feature a capacity grid after the series organisers, RacingLine, announced a firm 31 car grid, and are expecting more entries before Oulton Park, and may have to start a reserve list.
Oulton Park has a maximum capacity of 34 cars on the grid, and within the confirmed entries are a mixture of series regular, series debutants and racing novices. Notable entries include the 2009 Championship runner up, Steve Chaplin in his Beetle, as well as the third placed runner, Aaron Mason in his Golf GTi.
The 2006 Champion, Paul Taylor returns in his Golf R32, and from the midpoint of the season, father Tony will join the field in his recently acquired Gold VR6.
The Taylors aren't the only father and son team on the grid – Barrie Culley in his Vento VR6 will be supporting his son Martyn in his Beetle RSi.
2008 and 2009 race winners James Walker, Mike Kurton and Darren Blumson are returning for another year in the Championship, while the driver with the most wins in the 2009, Didge Dziurzynski is returning for the 2010 season in his Golf GTi, with older brother Alex returning as well in his Corrado.
There are a number of Golf GTi's entered by series front runners Anna Walewska, under the Alan Blencowe Racing banner, as well as the Golf's of Tim Snaylam and Peter Felix. The crowd pleasing Caddy TDi will also be back, being piloted by Simon Elliott, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Director.
“We can start a maximum of 34 cars at Oulton Park,” says championship manager Melissa Wright, “and we have already reached the magic 30. We couldn’t be more delighted by this affirmation of the strength and popularity of the Volkswagen Racing Cup at a time when other series are struggling to maintain numbers.
“It’s pleasing also that although many old friends are returning to the championship there are quite a number of newcomers also, some of them completely new to motorsport.”
Wright then added: “It’s a superb field, with Golf's of all shapes and ages, a Jetta, two Sciroccos, several Beetles, a couple of Polo's, the Caddy and even a venerable Vento. In fact, the championship’s 10th anniversary season is set to be its best yet.”
The provisional 2010 VW Cup with Fuchs Lubricants entry list:
2 Darren Blumson Adrenalin Motorsport Polo GTI
3 Paul Taylor Adrenalin Motorsport Golf R32
4 Tony Taylor Adrenalin Motorsport Golf VR6
5 Doug Ross Milestones Motorsport Polo GTI
7 Tim Snaylam Comline/AWM Golf GTI
8 Aaron Mason Comline/AWM Golf GTI
9 Peter Wyhinny Volkswagen Racing
10 Martyn Culley Adrenalin Motorsport Beetle RSI
11 Barrie Culley Adrenalin Motorsport Vento VR6
12 Tony Harberman TGR Racing Beetle RSI
14 Peter Felix 20Ten Racing Golf GTI
17 Michael McInerney RacingLine Jetta Sport
20 Michael Kurton SlideSports Scirocco R
21 Daniel Walker KPM Golf GTI
24 Phil Morris RacingLine/Team Fuchs Titan Race Golf GTI
27 Andrew Smith Smithsport Beetle TDI
32 Kieran Griffin SlideSports Scirocco R
33 Simon Elliott Volkswagen Racing Caddy TDI
41 Didge Dziurzynski West End Precision Golf GTI
42 Alex Dziurzynski West End Precision Corrado
44 Robin Riley KPM Beetle RSI
49 Richard Styrin RacingLine Golf GTI
51 Simon Andrews RacingLine Golf GTI
53 Steve Chaplin Complete Utilities Beetle RSI
66 Richard Kingsnorth Adrenalin Motorsport Golf R32
69 James Walker KPM Golf GTI
77 Steve Walker RacingLine Golf GTI
99 Mark Clynes SlideSports Golf GTI
Anna Walewska Alan Blencowe Racing Golf GTI
James Cortes Alan Blencowe Racing Golf GTI
Cameron Thompson Beetle RSI