VW Cup Brands Hatch GP

After the long summer break local racing driver David Sutton was back in action In the VW Cup Championship at Brands Hatch, Kent. After a podium finish last time out, at the world famous Spa circuit, David was in a positive frame of mind going in to the race weekend.

After showing some great pace in testing David knew had the pace to be fighting at the sharp end in qualifying, and that is exactly where he was. He managed to qualify pole by 0.2 of a second with only 1 second of the session remaining.

After qualifying David commented: “Wow, what a qualifying that was. With only 6 minutes left I thought I had done enough, but I dropped down to 5th. I managed to get round and start my final lap with just one second remaining so the pressure was really on and to grab pole like that was a great feeling.”

After an uncharacteristic bad start in the first race David dropped to 2nd but soon regained the lead on the opening lap. The Swinton lad was then able to maintain a comfortable lead until the chequered flag fell, signalling his first victory of the year. “What a feeling that was going over the line to take my first win, it felt like a massive weight had been taken off my shoulders instantly”.

In the second race the top 6 places are reversed, this meant it would be a tough race starting from 6th on the Grid. When the lights went out this time, David made and fantastic start and was up to second place after just two corners. “I think the start I made was to make up for the poor one I made in race 1”. By lap 3 he was in the lead and pulling away. However, David began to suffer from understeer as his tyres began to overheat meaning a loss in pace and this allowed the chasing pack to close the gap. Refusing to give up though, David went on the defensive and managed to claim his second win of the weekend!

“What a weekend this has been, as a team we have been working really hard to get this result all year and finally we have done it! We knew the second race was going to be a lot harder with the weather been really hot but we got there in the end and I could not be happier. I would just like to say a massive thank you to all my family and friends that have supported me all year without you none of this would have been possible and to my team at Slidesports for a great car this weekend. Also I have to thank my main sponsors at Avago karting in Swinton. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be on the track!”

David is now right back in the title hunt and will be pushing hard to bring the championship back to south Yorkshire in 2 weeks after the final race at Donington Park.