The Milltek Sport Volkswagen Cup championship title showdown will include two local drivers out of the five disputing the crown.
Rotherham’s David Sutton has led the championship all season, since twin wins in his Scirocco at the season opening rounds, racking up four wins from the first eight races.
Going into round 11 at Brands Hatch, Sutton had a 44 points advantage over 2013 VW Cup champion, Doncaster’s Aaron Mason.
In a pivotal race for the championship, from 3rd on the grid, 35 year-old Mason powered his Scirocco through into the lead on the Grand Prix circuit’s long straight, untroubled, he broke his duck with his maiden victory of the season – his first since Donington Park ten months ago – and narrowing the points gap to Sutton.
“It feels like I’ve finally got the monkey off my back for the first time this season. It’s been a long time – three events – since I’ve been on the podium”.
25 year-old Sutton endured a difficult day, with an eventual 13th place finish, his worst result of the year, and in round 12, finishing behind Mason saw his points advantage severely reduced to 14 points.
Missing Snetterton qualifying to attend a family wedding, Sutton started round 13 at the back of the grid, gaining 11 places to take the chequered flag in 11th position.
While Mason finished 8th, Sutton stayed at the top of the drivers’ standings, but only by a reduced 8 points.
Making a flying start to Round 14, Sutton from 11th, passed Mason off the line from 3 places behind, but Mason fought back, overtaking Sutton.
As the race developed into a true six-car grandstand battle over 4th place, ultimately Mason claimed 6th, importantly two places ahead of Sutton.
So going into the final rounds at Donington Park, just 14 points separate the South Yorkshire pair with a double length 40-minute marathon final race of the season.
For Sutton, “All I can do is to do my best and hopefully we will come out on top. It will be a massive shame for everyone involved if we lose it at the last minute”.
Mason with an enviable record of 7 victories from the 10 VW Cup races held there since 2010, he clinched his 2013 title at Donington, “I’ve just got to hope that my car is reliable and see what unfolds. I’m hoping for a wet race just to mix things up a little…”