Posted on Thu 13th Jun, 2019 in: Team News
Michael Kidson and Chris White showed clear podium potential as they both battled at the front of the field on their way to a pair of top five finishes apiece during the opening rounds of the 2019 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club season at Snetterton on Saturday (18th May).
Both drivers headed to Norfolk preparing for their first ever race meetings as part of the GRDC, a championship that provides a perfect platform for drivers to enter the sport and one that W2R Motorsport have enjoyed plenty of success in over the last few years.
Kidson enters the GRDC as the latest winner of a fully-funded season in the championship courtesy of the want2race scholarship, having beaten over 200 other drivers to win the coveted prize, with White joining him in realising a lifelong dream by making his racing bow.
A one-day event saw qualifying and the two races take place on Saturday and the two drivers couldn’t really be separated throughout the day. That started in qualifying as White came home eighth quickest, one spot ahead of Kidson.
The team-mates both made some impressive early progress in the opening race, grabbing four places each on the first lap to move into the top five. From there, they each produced some competitive lap times to maintain those positons through to the flag.
Those finishing positions set the grid for the second race of the day and a fantastic start from White saw him rise to second place. The Guildford based driver superbly held the position for a large portion of the race, however a tricky last couple of laps saw him come home fifth.
That was just behind Kidson, who enjoyed some great battles on track as he battled within the top five. He put in a spirited drive and secured fourth place at the chequered flag, a result that capped off a really positive start to the campaign for the Surrey racer.
W2R Motorsport had a final late addition to their entry in the shape of Paulo Scripo, who showed tremendous progress over the meeting. Gaining speed and confidence each time he went on track, Scripo secured a richly deserved pair of top ten finishes.
Ben Hyland – W2R Motorsport: “As a team we love the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. It provides a fantastic platform for drivers new to motorsport and once again there was great racing on track and a brilliant camaraderie in the paddock between the class of 2019.
“I’m really pleased with how our drivers got on. Chris [White] has taken his first season very seriously, getting lots of testing under his belt and working in detail with our driver coaches to find time on track, with that hard work paying off this weekend.
“Finishing just a tenth of a second off the podium in race one was brilliant and he was right in the mix for the top three again in race two. He was ecstatic with his weekend and once he gains more race experience, he’s certainly going to be one to watch.
“Michael [Kidson] struggled a bit in the damp conditions in qualifying, but once he got going in the races he was able to show what he’s capable of with some speed and race craft on track. As well as Chris, he certainly has the potential to come away with some silverware soon.
“Considering how little he had done only two and a half weeks ago, Paulo put in a great performance. He was finding chunks of time each session and will definitely move up the order as the season progresses, plus he’s loving the experience which is what the GRDC is all about.”
The second meeting of the 2019 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club will see the series share a grid with the Ginetta G40 Cup as they tackle the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 08/09 June.