Motorsport: Bobby Thompson wins Milltek Sport Volkswagen Cup Championship
PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 September 2017
Hornchurch racer secures title after fine display at Donnington Park
Hornchurch resident Bobby Thompson had plenty to celebrate after winning the 2017 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Cup Championship at Donnington Park.
Finishing second in race two in Leicestershire was enough for the 21-year-old to take the title after a stellar campaign.
And Thompson was only too happy to look back on how impressive his season had been after being crowned champion.
“It has been a fantastic season, really close racing with some low points and some massive high points,” he said.
“I am so happy for Team Hards manager Tony Gillham as he has put a lot of faith in me this year.
“He won the championship ten years ago and this is the best way I can say thank you to him.
“Just to thank my sponsors would not be enough. Without them this year I would not have made it to the first race meeting.
“GKR Scaffolding, Orlight, Solar Advance systems, Northern alliance Insurance and Braintree Motor Works have helped kick start my career and for that I am forever grateful.”
The meet at Donnington Park began well for Thompson as he set the second fastest time in qualifying.
In race one, Thompson kept his place early on, though had Tom Witts behind him in hot pursuit.
Slight contact into the braking zone for the Esses saw the pair jolt across the gravel, with Thompson losing a place, but he soon regained it by passing Tom Walker for second.
With race leader Stefan Johansen in his sights, the former Emerson Park pupil was able to pull off a fine passing move to take the lead, which he held until the end of the race.
Needing only a seventh place finish in the second race to secure the title, Thompson was able to rise up to sixth in the early portion.
Instead of resting on his laurels, the youngster was keen to rise higher up the standings and had soon made his way up to third following a series of overtakes.
Second-place was soon in sight for Thompson as he closed on Walker, before passing him to move up another spot.
Thompson was unable to overhaul the leader in the closing laps, but it need not matter as he crossed the line in second as champion. And after a superb season, the youngster will hope there is more to come in 2018.
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