Tom Witts collected his first victory of the year as he took the honours in the opening VW Racing Cup event of the weekend. His Oulton Park success puts him back in championship contention after a poor opening round.
The start was clean, but the outcome looked bleak for the #36 Kieran Gordon who’d started with his wheels in front of his grid spot. A penalty looked on the horizon, but an off for him saw his concern replaced with genuine frustration.
Off the line, Phil House had maintained his lead, but it proved to little avail as he eventually lost the lead to Witts after a few laps of pressure. House was punted down to third as the quick starting Simon Rudd took the advantage as the safety car was called for Gordon.
Gordon walked away from the car after spinning backwards into the barrier at Old Hall Corner. There was minimal visual damage to his car, but his race was run. As the safety car pulled in, the top three of Witts, Rudd and House broke away.
Further back, the battle for fifth intensified as Darelle Wilson‘s all white Scirocco harried the back Kenan Dole. The Golf was clearly struggling to get up to pace, but it mattered little as a small error saw Wilson spin at the left hand section of Hislops, hitting the wall.
Up front, House’s bad luck continued as he was caught by the lone Polo of Bobby Thompson before hitting the barrier at Lodge. No safety car was called as the remaining cars, minus Toby Davis crossed the line.
Witts eventually took a comfortable victory, ensuring he collected a maiden win for himself and the new Mark 7 Golf. Behind the Maximum Motorsport driver, Rudd and Thompson in his Polo rounded out the podium. Dole and championship leader Jack Walker-Tully completed the top five.