Podium hat-trick for Alden at action-packed Brands Hatch triple-header
21st June 2021
The only three-race meeting of the season saw Matrix Motorsport’s Jeff Alden deliver a constant performance throughout the weekend, his efforts rewarded with an impressive three-out-of-three third places in rounds five, six and seven of the Maximum Networks Volkswagen Racing Cup at Brands Hatch on 19th & 20th June.
Always looking for that little bit extra, Jeff made a number of significant changes on the lead up the event, bringing the running of the car back under the Matrix Motorsport wing, assisted on this occasion by TCR team DW Racing.
The event saw the first time that the VW Cup had been held alongside a Time Attack meeting and, with a large and highly popular car show run under Covid protocols, coupled with Touring Car Trophy/TCR races and the first round of the Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship, the track-action took place in front of 1000s of spectators.
Very happy with how his VW Golf was handling during pre-race testing, Jeff also entered Saturday’s Time Attack event in order to acclimatise himself to the car. Such was his pace during the sessions, he claimed the award for the highest finishing driver in the Pro 2WD category.
Transferring his pace from the fastest-lap format of the Time Attack Championship and the VW Cup qualifying session, Jeff started well in race one maintained third place throughout the race, even managing to hold off the advances of young-charger Olly Turner in the latter stages.
Another copybook start in race two saw Jeff having to put up a fight for third place and this time, did well to defend his position when championship leader Jack Depper came from behind having recovered from a spin earlier in the race.
With consistency the key for a three-race weekend and over an hour’s racing on the cards, another perfectly judged performance in race three assured the Matrix Motorsport team principal of his third podium finish of the weekend. With six third places out of seven race, Jeff remains second in the standings 25 points behind Jack Depper, with Olly Turner third a further 13 points behind as the season reaches its halfway point.