Michael Epps On Pole Following Blistering VW Cup Time

by Joe Hudson

Team HARD Racing’s Michael Epps has claimed pole for the first VW Cup race of the weekend as he battled with team mate Howard Fuller to claim the top spot.

Epps led from the off as his opening lap of 2:47.802 put him to the top of the field, but it was clear for all to see that pole wouldn’t go to a time in the 2:47s.

And it didn’t take too long for that to become the case, Howard Fuller – in a Golf exactly the same as Epps’ – knocked a full two seconds off that time with a 2:45.352 jumping him to the head of the pack.

From that point on, no one else really got a look in as Epps and Fuller set their crosshairs on each other to get that all-important pole position.

With 10 minutes to go Fuller looked to have made a decisive blow as clocked a 2:44.706 to put him first, with David Sutton and Bobby Thompson ahead of Epps in second and third.

But, you can’t rule anything out in this championship and only one lap later Epps pulled out an absolute blinder of a lap – 2:44.090 – to jump himself up to pole position.

Fuller couldn’t improve in the little time left, so he will start second with David Sutton third, Bobby Thompson fourth, Lucas Orrock fifth, and Jack Walker-Tully sixth almost three seconds off the pole time with a 2:47.002.

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