The Milltek VW Racing Cup heads into Bank Holiday Monday’s triple header after a late qualifying in which Phil House took pole position. The joint championship leader will be hoping for another strong round as the series looks to establish its front runners for the season ahead.
A shortened qualifying was brought about after a number of incidents – in other support races – delayed the start pushing the series back to the curfew. As a result, the 14 cars were straight onto the track, with lap times dropping by the seconds as the VWs got up to speed.
Early issues for the #19 Polo, driven by Bobby Thompson, saw him drive straight back into pits, with an apparent problem at the back of the car. He would eventually re-emerge, claiming seventh.
Simon Rudd was determined to put Rockingham behind him, becoming the first to set the pace. He dropped into the 1 minute 52 second bracket before his time was disallowed for cutting the track. Sadly for the Golf driver, he was unable to recover, pitting early and qualifying fifth.
As a result the battle for pole came down to two drivers, with House under pressure from Tom Witts. House soon became the first actual driver into the 1 minutes 52 second range, beating Witts by 0.291 seconds.
A strong run by Darelle Wilson allowed the Sciroccos to monopolise the first three space on the grid, with Kenan Dole‘s Golf the highest placed challenger in fourth, one second behind the pole sitter. With Rudd in fifth, Kieran Gordon rounded out the third row ahead of the lone Polo.
At the back, fellow joint championship leader; Jack Walker-Tully was forced to pull off after a single lap, ensuring he was unable to fight his championship rival and making his weekend difficult before the racing has even begun.