Fans of the mark 2 Golf GTi are in for a treat at Snetterton next weekend when more than 20 of the modern classics do battle in the final round of the Touch Of Mojo Mk2 Golf GTi Championship.
Adrian Flux-sponsored driver Rusty Laidler, who picked up his first points in his first race at Brand Hatch in August, misses the race but is gearing up for a proper crack at the championship in 2014 after a couple of warm up events.
Rusty, from Carlisle, said his first shot at racing his 8v Golf at Brands was “a bit of a roller coaster ride”.
“We qualified in soaking wet conditions and then raced in glorious sunshine the next day,” he added.
“On the whole it was a successful weekend, finishing in 20th out of 25 in the first race but I suffered mechanical problems in race two after three laps. Still, I made it and got some points on the board.”
The car has undergone much work since that first outing at Brands Hatch, with a new, rebuilt engine, stripped and rebuilt front suspension and sorted geometry.
“The car’s a totally different animal now – it goes when I ask it, turns when I ask it and it actually bites back!” said Rusty.
The rebuilt motor had its first outing at a sprint event at Kirkbride recently, and gave a quartet of 400bhp Subarus a run for their money.
“It was a great event and, as well as the Subarus I was up against rally-prepped Minis and Chevettes and all kinds of other vehicles.
“I finished 5th out of 20-plus cars, behind only the Subarus, and only by 0.5 to 0.2 seconds, so it was a massive success for myself and the car.”
- Run by the MSVR, the Touch Of Mojo Mk2 Golf GTi Championship has grown to be one of the most popular tin top series in the UK, producing thrilling racing which looks set to continue on October 26 and 27. The championship’s concluding round is joined on the bill by the F3 Cup, Lotus on Track Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK, Clubman’s Cup, SR3 Challenge, Atom Cup and the VAG Trophy.