Fulbrook claims his VW Cup trophy


The 2014 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup Champion, Joe Fulbrook, received his championship trophy at the BRSCC annual awards evening on Saturday. Club chief executive Bernard Cottrell made the presentation.

Last year’s thrilling series was undecided right up to the final corner of the final race, with veteran Fulbrook nipping in to seize the crown by just six points.

It was Fulbrook’s third VW Cup championship win and perhaps his most satisfying, because he went into Donington Park’s final rounds as one of five drivers in with a chance; Joe did not need to win either of the races, but he needed to finish well up the order in both to get the job done and, as several of his rivals found to their cost, that’s not necessarily an easy task.

Joe has remained loyal to the Volkswagen Racing Cup ever since his track debut in 2005 at the wheel of a Bora. He had the crown snatched from his grasp in the 2007 finals but bounced back to win the title in 2008 and ’09 for Warranty Direct Racing. The Bora was retired early in 2013 and replaced with a Golf GTI, with which he won once that season on his way to championship second.

In 2014 the mechanical teething problems which beset Fulbrook’s Golf in its introductory season were largely forgotten and Joe took mid-season wins at Silverstone and Snetterton to establish himself as a title contender. Podium finishes at Oulton Park, Spa and Brands Hatch helped Fulbrook build his tally and third place in the Donington finale was enough to clinch the deal for the Berkshire 43-year-old.

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