David Sutton underlined why he leads the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup championship with a first-turn-to-chequered-flag victory in round 8 at Silverstone, extending his lead over Aaron Mason, but it might have been his last meeting.
The weekend began with Rotherham race-ace Sutton, from grid slot 2, mastering tricky wet conditions to lead initially in round 7’s race: but a dry qualifying meant a ‘best-guess’ chassis set-up resulted in him finding his Scirocco a handful, “it was sliding around”.
Lucas Orrock took advantage of the 24 year-old’s discomfort on lap two, and by the end of the lap he fell back to 4th-place while Mason moved into 2nd-place: the pair battling in a five-car train.
On the penultimate lap, Mason attempted to wrestle 2nd place from Orrock but locked-up running wide at Brooklands skirting the gravel trap.“I thought that was the place to do it, but it locked up the front wheels, I slid wide and couldn’t turn in”.
The Doncaster racer recovered from his off to finish 5th.
Sutton was pleased to retain 4th at the line, and with it his championship lead, “We struggled a bit in the wet; the set-up isn’t quite right but overall I’m pleased with the position”.
Round 8’s poleman was slow off the line at the start lights as Mason, from alongside on the front-row, took the lead, but Sutton starting 3rd followed him away and then nipped through to take the lead at the first corner.
That was the last they saw of him as he effortlessly disappeared into the distance, holding the lead unchallenged to the flag, Sutton made it his fourth win of the of the sixteen-race season.
Things were a bit more frantic for Mason, keen for his season’s first win, locked in a monumental triple-car fight for 2nd place that raged for the duration, the trio went at it hammer and tongs in a thrilling display of close-quarters racing as the three ran nose-to-tail.
Eventually on lap 5 Mason was demoted to 3rd, Phil House running side-by-side with Mason from Becketts all the way back to the start/finish line, in due course knocked – literally – Mason down to 4th, where he remained to the flag.
“It was a good race we just lost the battle, and I got bashed about a lot. There is a long way to go yet – must do better – we will get there”, Mason announced.
Sutton crossed the line 2.4 seconds ahead of his squabbling rivals, with a disappointed Mason just 0.7 seconds adrift of a podium finish…
Now leading Mason by 30 points, Sutton commented on win number four, “I made a fantastic start, and got Aaron at the first corner. I did a fast lap to get away and then set up a rhythm and brought the car home. Unfortunately the budget is now spent, I want to thank my friends and family for getting me here. If this is my last race, at least I ended on a high!”