VW Title Fight Remains Open Ahead of #DoningtonDecider


Tom Witts (#2) sits in the hot seat for the title (Credit Jakob Ebrey Photography / VW Racing Cup)

The VW Racing Cup heads into the #DoningtonDecider with much still to play for. The mid-season departure of Phil House has left the door open for Tom Witts to take the title, but two others could yet stop him.

After another successful season supporting the British GT Championship, the VW drivers will look to secure the crown as Witts defends his 28 point lead, with a total of 462, going into Donington Park.

The last two ‘flyaway’ rounds have yielded reserved success for Witts though. A single third place at Brands Hatch Indy, during Deutsche Fest, has been his only silverware coupled with two fourths and a fifth. This is a far cry from his early season form in which he picked up a win at every round previous.

It’d be unwise to suggest the Maximum Motorsport driver has lost his touch though. Perhaps in a Nico Rosberg-esque move, he has performed just enough to stay ahead and barring any misfortune should still be on course to claim the title at Donington.

Misfortune though could easily strike in the VW Racing Cup and it would be unwise to ignore Jamie Bond and Bobby Thompson in second and third.

On 434 and 432 points respectively, both could easily pick up the pieces should Witts be knocked into retirement or towards the back as the field frantically fight towards the first corner.

Bond has only graced the top step once this season, though like Witts has been an ever prominent factor towards the front recording no retirements. No dropped scores meant that it was always going to be consistency that won the year, though despite picking up a second and third since Brands GP, was a victim in the opening Thruxton race seeing him finish towards the back.

Jamie Bond (#56) and Bobby Thompson (#19) could still claim the title from Witts. (Credit: JEP/VWRC)

As a result Bond has lost ground overall to Witts. The real winner though is Thompson, picking up three of the four available victories.

Thompson’s championship hopes seemed in shambles after Rockingham, thanks to a retirement in Oulton and just six points at the second race in Corby. Since then though, he’s not looked back, finishing off the podium on just one occasion and becoming a real contender for the crown.

Dropped scores will easily become a factor though as Team HARD’s Thompson currently sits in the best position going into the final round.

Elsewhere in the series, the early form dominance of the Audi cars has notably dropped off, with Simon and Owen Walton likely to be focusing their efforts on 2018 plans, while the best of the rest battle sees Darelle Wilson on 354 points, just six ahead of his nearest rival.

A number of drivers could yet claim the fourth spot, as Kieran Gordon, who failed to score for the whole Deutsche Fest round, sits on 348 and Kenan Dole, who picked up a first and second last round on 336.

While unlikely, the spot could yet go to Simon Walton, hoping to remain ahead of the ever impressive Tom Walker and Mark Smith. House, who left after the Brands GP round out the top ten.