Posted on Wed 13th Jun, 2018 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport’s Jack Oliphant and Rob Keogh continued their Ginetta G40 Cup title challenges with a pair of podium finishes each at Silverstone (09/10 June) this past weekend, while Paul Oliphant and Jimmy Thomson also shined with top five results.
Competing on the support bill for the British GT Championship’s flagship “Silverstone 500” race, a combined grid for the GT5 Challenge and G40 Cup meant that over fifty Ginetta G40’s would battle it out around the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
Keogh and Oliphant could barely be separated over the course of the weekend, with the former just edging out his team-mate by three hundredths of a second in qualifying. This continued into race one, with the duo racing wheel-to-wheel throughout as they battled for second.
Previous champion Keogh took the spot in that one with Oliphant hot on his heels, but it was roles reversed in race two following another great battle as Oliphant made it seven podiums in eight races so far this year, while Keogh made his fifth visit to the rostrum.
Paul Oliphant turned in a fantastic performance to secure his best qualifying result of the season so far in sixth, which he then converted in style into a class victory and an overall fifth place finish in race one, which matches his best ever result in Ginetta racing so far.
Jimmy Thomson meanwhile recovered from a difficult qualifying session to climb his way through the field across the two races, with an eighth place finish in the opener being followed by a richly-deserved fifth place result of his own in race two.
W2R Motorsport’s Ben Hyland: “I feel we once again showed we have the strongest all-round driver line-up in the Ginetta G40 Cup this season at Silverstone, with all four of our drivers finishing in the top five overall across the weekend.
“A second and third place finish apiece for Rob and Jack is a perfect scenario. They both bounced back superbly from their DNF’s at Snetterton and produced some fantastic racing. They really enjoyed racing each other and showed great respect as team-mates.
“Paul was the driver of the weekend for me. He’s always been one of our strongest drivers technically, and it really came together for him in qualifying. He got some great experience of racing at the front of the field and his race two problems take nothing away from a top weekend.
“Jimmy is improving every time he goes out on circuit and after a tough qualifying, he really nailed it in the races and produced two great results against more experienced drivers around him. We’ve all enjoyed a great weekend and can’t wait for Spa next.”
The G40 Cup is next in action on 21/22 July with the series’ annual trip overseas to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.