Posted on Tue 7th Aug, 2018 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport will head into the 2018 Ginetta G40 Cup season finale next month with two drivers in the championship top three after another impressive display over the course of the penultimate meeting of the year at Brands Hatch this past weekend (4/5 August).
2015 series champion Rob Keogh led the way for the Yorkshire-based outfit around the Kent circuit’s legendary Grand Prix layout, with a fantastic performance seeing him secure his eighth and ninth podium finishes of the season so far.
In sweltering hot conditions, Keogh and team-mate Jack Oliphant both qualified inside the top six to put themselves firmly in the battle for the podium during the first two races of the weekend, starting with a thrilling battle in Saturday’s opening encounter.
The duo were embroiled in a four way scrap for third position, with Keogh grabbing the position on the final lap as Oliphant came home in fifth, and it was a similar story in race two as the former emerged from some more close racing with a sixth podium finish in a row.
Unfortunately his chances of extending that run further in race three would be ended when early contact from another driver led to a retirement, but he still emerges from the weekend third in the standings, just two points shy of Oliphant who added sixth and fifth place finishes.
Their team-mate Jimmy Thomson returned from a difficult outing at Spa-Francorchamps last time out to produce a consistent weekend in Kent. From twelfth in qualifying, Thomson picked up fourteenth and seventeenth place finishes before storming up to a great eleventh in race three.
It was a rollercoaster weekend for Paul Oliphant meanwhile, with a great drive from the rear of the field in the opener seeing him climb nine places to fifteenth. An unfortunate off in race two left him at the back again for race three, but another strong showing saw him rise to seventeenth.
The Ginetta G40 Cup season finale is in seven weeks’ time at Donington Park on September 22/23, while W2R Motorsport is next in action with its Ginetta GT5 Challenge contingent on August 25/26 as they join the BTCC support package once again at Knockhill in Scotland.
W2R Motorsport’s Ben Hyland: “While the title has unfortunately slipped from our grasp this season, that takes nothing away from what’s been a superb season for Rob [Keogh] and Jack [Oliphant], who were both right on the money again this weekend.
“Rob produced another fantastic weekend. His pace was right up there with the leading drivers and he richly deserved his two podium finishes after some brilliant racing on track, which makes it a real shame that contact from a guest driver ended his chance of a podium hat-trick in race three.
“Jack gave it everything he could and fought to three strong top six finishes, but those results weren’t quite befitting of the speed he showed. He’s continuing to improve his pace, race-craft and consistency every time he goes on track, which bodes well for the future.
“Jimmy [Thomson] started hesitantly after his massive impact at Spa last time. It’s a testament to his Yorkshire grit though that he came back and he got more confident and faster as the weekend wore on, and he ended the meeting with a great drive for race three.
“Paul [Oliphant] had a difficult weekend unfortunately, having to bounce back from a tough qualifying and then the second race off, but a good drive in race three ensured he ended the weekend positively. Donington is his best circuit, so I’m sure he will end the year on a high there.
“The great battles that Rob and Jack were involved in were the epitome of what the Ginetta G40 Cup is all about. Close, fair, friendly and respectful racing. The spirit of racing was tarnished at the beginning of the weekend, but we were prepared for any eventuality and put on a damn good show."
If you missed the races from Brands Hatch, you can watch them back on Ginetta’s Facebook channel here: https://www.facebook.com/ginettacars/videos/.
The Ginetta G40 Cup concludes at Donington Park (22/23 September) where W2R Motorsport will be looking to secure second and third in this series along with retaining the GT5 AM championship.