Dennis Strandberg claimed his first win during the opening Volkswagen Racing Cup race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps despite briefly losing the lead in the beginning of the race. He regained his composure and retook the lead from Bobby Thompson and held the position until the chequered flag came out.

Strandberg got a good start off the line and defended all pressure he received as they entered the first corner. Bobby Thompson went side by side with Jack Walker-Tully as they entered Eau Rouge. The latter looked to pull ahead but was unable to maintain the momentum along the Kemmel Straight. Benjamin Wallace spun as he entered the Eau Rouge section of the circuit, which briefly caused a yellow flag sector. He recovered and managed to catch up and made up a place by overtaking Cameron Thompson after he took an off track excursion later in the race aboard his Scirroco.

Jack Walker-Tully slotted in behind Bobby Thompson and Phil House on the opening lap but soon managed to move up into third as the duo fought between themselves. As the cars started their second lap Thomspon stayed in Strandberg’s slip stream and overtook him into the final sector of the lap. Strandberg appeared to struggle in the early part of the race as Walker-Tully was chasing him down. Strandberg soon managed to get himself back in the swing of pushing hard. Thompson made a small mistake which allowed Strandberg to lose up on his tail and eventually retaking the lead of the race. Thompson dropped to third place. A three-way fight for the victory emerged as House dropped backwards from fourth. Strandberg held on to take the victory with Walker-Tully in second and Bobby Thompson in third place. Walker-Tully was just a cars length back from Strandberg but Thompson fell back from the front two but still took third place. Phil House took fourth with Toby Davis finishing the race in fifth. Sixth place went to Kenan Dole followed by Tom Witts in seventh and Simon Rudd finished in eighth place.

With the second race being a reversed grid, Tom Witts will be promoted onto pole. It could be anybody’s race as they are all very capable drivers.

©Fay Tilley 9th July 2016.