Posted on Fri 23rd Feb, 2018 in: Team News
Paul Oliphant today confirms he will back on the grid, participating in the Ginetta G40 Cup (previously GRDC+), continuing to race with W2R Motorsport for a third year running.
Oliphant, 56 for Tarporley, is no stranger to motorsport or indeed Ginetta, with eldest son Tom winning the Supercup championship in 2015 and competing for a short time in the Leeds-based manufacturer’s GT3 car. Tom who has just signed a BTCC deal with Ciceley Motorsport, is also W2R Motorsport’s driver development coach so is well placed to push his Dad and the other drivers on.
Racing alongside, or against, youngest son Jack in this year’s G40 Cup campaign offers Paul the chance to maintain a hobby he loves whilst getting some quality time with his sons at the circuit.
“We are a family with a very definite passion for motorsport, and these cars are actually very good fun to drive - proving you don’t need lots of power to enjoy being on track. W2R Motorsport look after us exceptionally well, and with Jack pushing at the front I try to hang on to those guys for as long as possible.
With my best result a 5th place at Donington Park, mark my words I will be doing my very best (and hoping for a little lady luck) to secure my first ever podium this season”.
W2R Motorsport boss, Ben Hyland, is delighted to welcome Paul back with the team and sees great potential for the year ahead.
“Having Paul back on the team is fantastic news, he’s a great character to have in the awning and is a pleasure to work with. Being able to support him and Jack plus utilise Tom on our driver development programme proves this really is a great team with a family ethos. I am determined to get all of them out racing on the same grid one day.
Out on track Paul is no slouch, with us consistently seeing lap times good enough for running right at the front of G40 Cup. This season we hope to affirm that with a podium or two and some silverware.”