Podiums keep Power Maxed Racing’s Thompson top of standings

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 July 2016

Bobby Thompson was in great form at Spa (pic: Power Maxed Racing)

Bobby Thompson was in great form at Spa (pic: Power Maxed Racing)


Hornchurch youngster shows form at Spa

Hornchurch youngster Bobby Thompson collected two more podiums at Spa in Belgium to maintain his hold on top spot in the Miltek Sport VW Racing Cup Championship.

The Power Maxed Racing driver had set the fastest lap at the circuit last year and travelled in high spirits after a successful BTCC test in the PMR Chevrolet Cruze.

Thompson, 19, held his nerve in qualifying to place third, with only half a second separating the top four and he made a cracking start off the grid, moving quickly up into first by the end of the second lap.

Carrying full success ballast, Thompson was unable to hold off two lighter Sicroccos and showed his race craft to keep a top-three spot in the final laps to claim crucial points.

The former Emerson Park pupil said: “I got a great start in the PMR Polo R, I was carrying full weight and because of the lighter cars behind I had to make the decision to protect my tyres and ensure that I crossed the line with a solid points haul rather than risk a DNF.

“The Power Maxed Polo keeps getting better and better, and I have gelled with the team and am delighted to have delivered another podium finish for my sponsors Hampson Haulage and the team.”

Race two began with Thompson again on the second row and he settled into his rhythm with the leaders, pushing the Polo in a battle for fourth.

Some contact ahead allowed THompson up to third, but hopes of improving further were dashed as the safety card was deployed late on.

He added: “Spa is such a fantastic circuit, the speed through Eau Rouge is like nothing else on earth, it’s such a rush but also terrifying if you make a mistake.

“To come home with two more podiums for the team and to be still leading the championship is fantastic for my sponsors, the team and myself.

“I am still a newbie to the Volkswagen Cup and to be racing at the front is great. My focus is now onto Snetterton and that top step!

“The Power Maxed Team have given me the best platform to be fighting for the championship; we will be working flat out over the next few weeks to step the development up again.”

Power Maxed Racing team principal Adam Weaver said: “Bobby continues to show his race craft and pace in the Polo R, two podiums from a weekend are fantastic for all of us involved.

“As the Polo is brand new entrant we are learning all the time, carrying maximum ballast has been challenging but we are making huge steps forward.

“To come away again with Bobby leading the championship is remarkable in his second season and our first. With three meetings remaining, consistency and podiums will be critical to secure his championship lead in the Power Maxed Racing Polo R.”

The next round of the series is at Snetterton on August 7.

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