Posted on Tue 29th May, 2018 in: Team News
Jack Oliphant and Rob Keogh took a race victory apiece as W2R Motorsport enjoyed a hugely successful weekend in the second meeting of the 2018 Ginetta G40 Cup at Snetterton (26/27 May).
A positive start to the weekend would see all four W2R Motorsport drivers improve upon their qualifying results from the Oulton Park season opener, with Rob Keogh taking pole position ahead of Jack Oliphant (P4), Jimmy Thomson (P5) and Paul Oliphant (P9).
It would prove to be an eventful opening race for all involved, with 2015 GRDC+ champion Keogh leading in the early stages until he hit some trouble, however a good recovery drive saw him pick up a fourth place finish and some crucial championship points.
Taking advantage of the drama around him was Jack Oliphant, who climbed into second position and began to put the leader under immense pressure. This paid off on the penultimate lap as he seized the advantage and went on to secure a richly deserved first ever car-racing victory.
Thomson was the unfortunate victim of early contact, however he fought back well to finish fourteenth, while Paul Oliphant worked his way into contention after a pitlane start, eventually climbing to twelfth place at the chequered flag.
Bouncing back in style after his first race frustration, Keogh would take a brilliant victory in the second race of the weekend, emerging victorious from a thrilling three-way battle for the lead which also included his team-mate Jack Oliphant.
Only a quarter of a second separated them at the chequered flag as they secured a great one-two result for the W2R Motorsport team. Thomson meanwhile produced a strong drive to climb up to eighth position, while Paul Oliphant would unfortunately retire with an electrical issue.
The final race of the weekend would sadly start in nightmare fashion for the two race-winners, as contact ahead at the first corner led to a car being stranded in the middle of the track. With nowhere to go in avoidance, both Keogh and Oliphant suffered race-ending contact.
The race was red flagged and restarted, with Thomson producing a masterful drive from third on the reverse grid to take a memorable first podium finish in the championship in second, while Paul Oliphant enjoyed a great end to his weekend with a third top ten finish of the season in sixth.
Despite their race three troubles, Jack Oliphant and Keogh remain second and third respectively in the standings ahead the next rounds at Silverstone (09/10 June), which is set to be a busy weekend for W2R Motorsport with their full G40 Cup, GRDC and GT5 Challenge contingent in action.
Hyland commented: “We are delighted with the success we’ve enjoyed in the G40 Cup this weekend, each driver had standout performances over the three races and it’s just a shame to have the edge taken off slightly with the race three incident.
“I couldn’t be happier with the performances of Rob and Jack at the front of the field. Rob continues to be a real force to be reckoned with and he showed his class with a great, composed drive to victory in race two under some immense pressure.
“This was a real breakthrough weekend for Jack and I couldn’t be happier to see him stand on the top step of the podium for the first time. He’s showed fantastic progression during his time with the team and a first win couldn’t be more deserved.
“Jimmy really shone through this weekend and proved he’s one-to-watch this season. To get on the podium so soon after joining the team is a huge achievement, he wasn’t out of place at the front and he has the pace and the confidence to be a regular at the front.
“Paul meanwhile once again made some great steps forward over the weekend and produced a couple of brilliant drives, coming through the field from the pitlane in race one and racing superbly to sixth in the final race.
“The team have done a fantastic job this weekend, all four cars were perfect for every session and they deserve all the success they’ve achieved. We’re looking forward to Silverstone and we’re confident we can come away with more silverware across all three series.”
See the latest G40 Cup driver standings here – with the next round at Silverstone on June 9th and 10th.