The 2018 season kicked off in style at Oulton Park for the Ginetta G40 Cup, with reigning champions W2R Motorsport fielding their squad of four drivers; Rob Keogh, Jack Oliphant, Paul Oliphant and Jimmy Thomson.
The Easter Bank Holiday weather would of course play a bit part in how the weekend would unfold, with wet to dry conditions throughout the Saturday making it exciting on and off the circuit as teams and drivers decided on their set up and strategy.
Jack Oliphant capitalised on the conditions and had the best weekend of his career, with two third place finishes and a second in the final race which saw two of his championship rivals bow out after a collision after the first corner. Jack’s pace and consistency ensured the best possible result, securing second spot in the championship and moving to the next rounds where he is confident to get the win.
Vice-champion Rob Keogh started his season in emphatic style, making a race of it against pace setter Golding. With two second places under his belt, Keogh had eyes firmly on the top step in the third reverse grid race. With him admittedly trying a little too hard on the opening lap, Keogh lost control of the rear of the car on the exit of turn one to be collected by Tom Sibley forcing them both to retire.
Paul Oliphant’s season started just where it left off, with drama, excitement and real pace once again. A knock in race one caused the black #7 car to retire, ensuring great racing for Paul starting from the rear of the grid in race two and battling at the front in race three matching the top four with some banzai lap times.
G40 Cup newcomer Jimmy Thomson showed he has the natural talent and pedigree to move forwards quickly in the championship. Having very little running in the car over winter, Thomson worked hard with driver development coaches Tom Oliphant and David Pittard, making a huge leap forward in pace and finishing with two brilliant top ten results amongst the extremely competitive G40 Cup field.
See the latest driver standings here – with the next round at Snetterton on May 26th and 27th.