The Volkswagon Racing Cup will return to Thruxton for the first time in nine years. As the new sixth round of the year, it’ll take place on the 2-3 September, alongside the series sister championship, the VAG Trophy.
Sadly for the series, they will not be adding on to overall round count, as the fly-away round to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit has been cancelled. While no official reason has been cited, a reduction in costs is a likely factor. The date for the Thruxton race has also pushed the Brands Hatch Indy date back.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure the penultimate round of the championship at Thruxton. The nature of the track will provide some fast paced VW action and will definitely sort the men from the boys”
“The championship being a prime BTCC feeder series we believe that racing on the tracks as it will be highly beneficial for the drivers,” commented series director Stewart Lines.
As a result, the season is now split into two, with the first three rounds taking place in April and May, as the final four all take place between the start of August and the end of September, ensuring the drivers get just over a two month break in the middle before their trip to Brands Hatch GP.
The year will still at Donington Park along with its fellow support series to the British GT package. Despite the loss of Spa, five of the seven rounds will still follow the GT.
Updated 2017 VW Racing Cup Calendar
|1||Oulton Park||17 April|
|2||Rockingham ISS||29/30 April|
|3||Snetterton 300||27/28 May|
|4||Brands Hatch GP||05/06 August|
|5||Brands Hatch Indy*||19/20 August|
|7||Donington Park||23/24 September|
|*Not part of British GT weekend|
In other VW news, VAG Trophy regular Stephan Johanssen has decided to join the series for a full season, driving his VW Polo R with Speedworks Motorsport. The team have a rich history behind them, with a joint campaign also in BTCC.
The driver said; “I’m obviously very excited to be racing in the VW Cup for 2017, I had a good run in the VAG Trophy in 2016 but I’m ready to make the step up this season and race alongside some of the best up and coming drivers in the UK.”