Netherton racer Josh Caygill is set for a huge double challenge.
The 24-year-old will embark on the busiest and, arguably, most difficult weekend of his fledgling motor racing career as he not only competes in two different Volkswagen championships – but also in two different countries!
Saturday and is the start of the pan-European Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup at Hockenheim in Germany, while the Bank Holiday break in England on Monday is the date for the second race meeting of the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup at Rockingham, near Corby in Northamptonshire – Caygill will be competing in both events.
Getting his 2014 season underway at Oulton Park in Cheshire a week ago in the VW Racing Cup, Caygill steered his Volkswagen Scirocco to a ninth place finish in the sole race to have taken place, however the second race was cancelled due to scheduling issues following earlier incidents.
While determined to score as heavily as he can at Rockingham, Caygill faces an incredibly difficult task as he will have to forego the VW Racing Cup qualifying session due to his R Cup commitments in Germany – and it means he will start the opening race on Monday from the back of the grid after travelling across the continent overnight from Germany.
“We’ll be starting Rockingham on the back foot but whatever we do we’ll be going forwards from the back of the grid”, said Caygill.
“The organisers have given special dispensation to go straight into the races, so we’ll be travelling through the night across to the Euro Tunnel from Hockenheim, 45 minutes in the Tunnel, and then up to the hotel near Rockingham.
“It’ll be a late one but we should get a few hours shut eye.
“If we can get through the first lap clean and have a good run, I’d like to think we can be in the top 20 up to the top 15 pretty quickly.
“If we manage to stay out of trouble then I want to aim for the top 10 as that’s where we’d then start race two from. It’s going to be a massive challenge but it’ll be mega, a bit of an adventure!”
Caygill’s Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup season will begin tomorrow with a 45-minute free practice session at Hockenheim and as soon as the last of the weekend’s races has been completed he will begin the long journey by road back to the UK.
“I can’t wait to get on track at Hockenheim, but I’m under no illusions”, added Caygill,
“I’m racing against some experienced drivers who have done the R Cup before and there’s a lot of talent out there – it’s a high calibre grid.
“It won’t be easy but we’re going out there with an open mind. I’d love to win, obviously, but if we can just be competitive and get two good finishes I’ll be happy.”
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