After being denied victory at Silverstone last month, Phil House was delighted to this time return to the top step of an APR Volkswagen Racing Cup podium at Snetterton.
The PH Motorsport man chased the similar Scirocco R machine of Ross Wylie all the way to the final corner of the final lap of round seven of the championship at the Norfolk-based 300 circuit, but was suddenly gifted his maiden win of 2013 when the Slidesports driver slowed to a crawl through Murrays having choked on its last remained drops of fuel.
House benefitted to grab the victory from Wylie, the latter limping across the line in second place. Afterwards, House admitted to thecheckeredflag.co.uk that it was nice to be a winner once again, while also feeling some sympathy from the surprise way he took the win.
“It’s great to win again”, said the 2004 and 2005 series champion. “It was a really good race between the both of us. The car was good so I could just follow him around and we managed to get a gap to the rest of the field.
“I was just hoping I could put a bit of pressure on him in those last couple of laps and hope that he might make a mistake, and then heading into the last corner he slowed right down.
“I do feel sorry for him”, sympathised House on his rival’s misfortune. “I’d just settled for second heading into that last corner. It’s not nice when you lose a race like that”.
The victory finally saw the former double VW Cup champion return to the top step of the podium after he was briefly awarded that maiden 2013 triumph in round five at Silverstone previously, but for Aaron Mason to be then awarded the win back. House admitted that his Snetterton win banishes those frustrations, lying fourth in the championship now but still 76 points off of series leader Mason.
“That definitely makes up for what happened at Silverstone because that was a little bit frustrating really. But I guess what goes around comes around doesn’t it, so I’ve got one back now!”