David Sutton took his third victory in round three of the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup at Rockingham Motor Speedway
David Sutton took his third victory from four rounds of the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup at Rockingham Motor Speedway but was unhappy to not get further podiums, unlike Aaron Mason who improved his championship position and cut into Sutton’s lead.
Still needing to impress and attract sponsors, Sutton made a strong start from pole position in round 4 with a lights-to-chequered flag race victory, although he was pushed hard towards the end by reigning champion Joe Fulbrook.
While the Rotherham racer’s victory was error free, Fulbrook did whittle away at Sutton’s 1.5 seconds lead to bring it down to 0.23 seconds at the flag.
Sutton, who turned 25 years-old days before, was pleased with his birthday present, “I got a superb start and a great first lap, and after that I was able to manage the gap. Good points for the championship, so I’m pleased.”
Mason made up for disappointingly qualifying 6th, with an assertive opening stint by the Doncaster racer moving him up to a 4th place finish, “The first corner was carnage and it carried on for the rest of the race! I moved forward so got the result I wanted.”
Treacherously wet conditions for round 5 caught out more than a few, as Mason, who started 3rd, took the lead on the opening lap but found his Scirocco’s wet-weather set-up had no answer to the superior handling of Sutton’s car when he attacked for the lead, on lap two.
David Sutton seconds before he locked up to lose the lead and drop to 4th in round four of the 2015 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup at Rockingham Motor Speedway
Having started from 6th Sutton, looked set for a third-straight race win until he spun at the start of the fourth lap, handing top spot back to Mason: “I braked in exactly the same spot as the previous laps, but I locked up and went straight on…”. It cost him three places and he came home in 4th.
Aaron Mason had two podiums of 3rd and 2nd place, improved his championship position from 3rd to 2nd in the 2015 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup at Rockingham Motor Speedway
Mason was more than happy with his second runner-up finish of this season, “We set the car up a bit too soft for the conditions and it didn’t help that my windscreen wiper packed up half-way through. But 2nd means another good result.”
Pole position in round 6 for Sutton did not translate into the lead as he dropped to 2nd on the opening lap, having abused his tyres in round 4’s race win.
With precious little tyre grip left Sutton was unable to defend his position and steadily dropped down to 8th place at the flag, “I used them all up in the first race,” he revealed, “and there was nothing left by the end…”.
David Sutton was unhappy not to get two further 2015 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup podiums at Rockingham Motor Speedway
Having started 6th Mason, struggling for grip to a lesser extent, had little hope of catching the leader, while engaged in a close race-long battle with Fulbrook over runners-up spot, close enough behind to seize upon any mistakes, but none came.
Aaron Mason’s VW Scirocco on the way to two podiums at Rockingham Motor Speedway
Mason concluded, “We both just needed to look after our tyres and make sure we got on to the podium. It was a tactical game.”
While Sutton retains his lead in the championship, it is cut to 18 points as a delighted Mason moves up to 2nd place.