New Faces Join VW Racing Cup

by Simon Paice

Two new drivers have switched to the Volkswagen Racing Cup with Fuchs Lubricants. Thomas Wilson and Richard Morgan are making the move from two wheels to four for their first taste in car racing.

Wiltshire-based Wilson moves from his background in motorcycle racing after seeing family friend and reigning champion Steve Chaplin racing whetted his appetite for car racing. He has brought a RacingLine built Mk V Golf GTI, which he and his father, Jonathan will maintain meetings, with help from Chaplin.

Thomas said: “I have raced karts and bikes off road and seeing Steve at the wheel whetted my appetite for circuit racing.”

53 year old Morgan, from Chichester, has also acquired a RacingLine-built Mk V Golf GTI to use in his debut season in car racing.

Richard commented: “I have been racing bikes for years, but the problem is that as you get older it takes longer to pick yourself up when you fall off. But I still have a burning desire to compete and have been looking around for something to race.

“The Volkswagen Racing Cup is ideal for me because it is a very friendly championship, the cars need not cost a fortune to own and race, and yet it is very competitive.”

Commenting on the attraction of two new drivers, Championship director Melissa Wright said: “Over the championship's 11 seasons we have provided a great environment in which dozens of novice racers have taken their first steps in racing. Many have gone on to win races and championships, and that is a great honour. We are sure that Thomas and Richard are going to have a superb time and gain valuable experience.”

The Volkswagen Racing Cup has proved a superb starting place for drivers looking to move up the tin-top ladder. This is confirmed with two former series regulars making the step up to the British Touring Car Championship in 2011, with Liam Griffin signing for Airwaves Racing and 2007 champion Tony Gilham joining Triple Eight.

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