Promising Pace at Silverstone
Volkswagen Racing Cup - Rounds 5 and 6
13th June 2019
Last weekend witnessed the second outing of the year for Jeff Alden in the Volkswagen Racing Cup, this time for rounds 5 and 6 at Silverstone.
Having had his previous Maximum Motorsport prepared Golf destroyed when it was lent to someone else for rounds 3 and 4 at Snetterton a few weeks ago, Jeff did exceptionally well in Saturday's qualifying session, holding a top three place in wet conditions until the final lap of the session when his potential top-three placing was scuppered following a slide into the Copse corner gravel.
Starting at P7 for race one - now in dry conditions - a nudge in the early stages followed by a spin meant a fight back through the field to finish a respectable 10th place. Not quite what Jeff was looking for, but a reasonable start in the new car all the same.
With the result of the first race dictating the grid position for the second, Jeff's determined start was unrealised as his tyres started to lose grip and his car's handling began to deteriorate accordingly. It was therefore a case of getting home safely in 12th place and save the best for another day.
"Considering it was the first time out in the new car, I was pleased to be able to hit the ground running. I was really pleased with the pace in qualifying, especially in the wet conditions, so the potential is there. It's now a case of stringing the best bits together to get the perfect lap and then maintain it.
"I really enjoyed driving the full GP Silverstone circuit and I came away from the experience having learnt a lot, so I'm going to take that to the next two rounds at Donington Park on June 22nd & 23rd."
Support for Jeff's campaign comes from Matrix Motorsport, Old Cottage Beer Company, DE Data, Inspired Business Media, ACCL, HVACFM and RPM Promotions.
Photos: Volkswagen Racing Cup