Posted on Mon 29th Apr, 2019 in: Team News
One of the most decorated teams in entry-level Ginetta competition, W2R Motorsport headed into the new season feeling confident they could challenge for more title success with a three-car entry for former champion Rob Keogh, the quick Jimmy Thomson and exciting graduate Roy Alderslade.
In sweltering hot conditions on Saturday, it was Keogh who led the trio in qualifying with fourth on the grid for the first and second races of the meeting, while Thomson and Alderslade completed a strong session all round by securing top ten grid positions for both races as well.
The positive start continued in the opening race later that day, with Keogh and Thomson both making early progress to slot into third and fourth respectively. Composed drives from there saw them hold those positions to the chequered flag.
Keogh was joined on the first podium of the season by Alderslade, who made it three W2R Motorsport cars in the overall top five. The Essex based racer emerged from a sensational three-way battle with the Chairmans Cup victory.
On Easter Monday, Alderslade went on to make it two class wins in two with another impressive display. Gaining early ground, he ran in third overall for the majority of the race and while he lost a place on the last lap, fourth position was still enough for a dominant victory.
Keogh and Thomson meanwhile both produced brilliant comeback drives during the race after falling to eleventh and tenth respectively on the opening lap. A great combination of pace and race craft led to Keogh leading home his team-mate in fifth and sixth positions.
The final race of the weekend saw Keogh, who started his racing career as the 2012 want2race competition winner, produce another superb display. Climbing to third on the opening lap, he went on to grab second just before the halfway mark and with it his 44th podium in the series. Thomson meanwhile moved up a place on the opening lap and went on to hold fifth position through to the chequered flag, completing a fantastic top six hat-trick for the weekend, while Roy
Alderslade was an unfortunate retiree.
W2R Motorsport’s Ben Hyland: "We have come away this weekend in a very strong position, with a good haul of silverware and genuine strong race pace which I know over the season will put us right in the mix for both the overall and Chairman's cup titles.
I'm delighted with how all of our drivers performed - Jimmy is loving the new slick tyres and they suit his style, with some cracking results to prove that - just missing out on the podium. Rob has done very little testing and was stright on the pace, with two podiums and confident moving forward he can consistenly deliver at the front. Roy was outstanding, with not only the pace to almost win three from three opening Chairman's cup rounds, but to be pushing for the top step overall.”
The Ginetta G40 Cup is back in action in three weeks’ time at Snetterton in Norfolk (17/18 May) alongside the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club, within which W2R Motorsport are running current want2race competition winner Michael Kidson and Chris White.