Witts Closes in on Title Battle After Lightning Start in Race 2

by Connor Jackson

It was a sixth win of the year for Tom Witts as he closes in the VW Racing Cup title lead. He made a strong start at Brands Hatch and never looked back with his rivals struggling.

Once again all eyes were on the title battle as Witts took the lead from second on the grid. Behind him, his rival Phil House dropped to fifth. House was not one to get bogged down though and was soon back ahead of Darelle Wilson after lap two.

Witts couldn’t break away as much as he’d liked, though was helped out after second place Kieran Gordon tried to hold off Simon Rudd and the closing House.

Further back, Kenan Dole spun and was almost collected by Toby Davis. Dole continued, but fell back as he quickly waved away a strong finish. Davis would continue and soon caught the battle for the podium as House and Wilson continued to swapped positions.

Finally for Witts, he found the free space he needed and moved away from the battle behind. Rudd would go with him, but was unable to challenge as he held off Gordon. Rudd may have had free air, but it proved to be not as simple with Wilson joining the battle.

The Scirocco of Wilson was on his best form of the year and was soon past House and Gordon with Davis following him through a few laps later. All this dropped House to sixth as he continued to lose time and points to Witts.

Having recently set the fastest lap, Wilson caught the back of Rudd, driving around the outside, not for the first time this race. He would go after Witts, but it proved to be futile as the championship contender maintained the gap until the flag.

By taking the win, Witts closed the margin by 12 points to his rival House. He’d be joined on the podium by Wilson and Rudd who both proved to be the quickest cars at various points.

Gordon narrowly missed out on the podium as Davis held off House after an excellent battle for fifth. While it won’t be the result House would have wanted, a close final could still see either Witts or House take the title.

Elsewhere, Dole drove back through the field to claim seventh after almost spinning out of contention. The top eight was rounded out by Jess Hawkins on her first appearance this season.

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