Posted on Tue 17th Sep, 2019 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport have secured further championship success in the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup with a dominant Chairmans Cup title success for Roy Alderslade, while they narrowly missed out on double glory with Rob Keogh during a nail-biting season finale at Donington Park.
The Yorkshire squad headed into the final weekend right in the mix for both titles as they looked to add to their impressive CV in one-make Ginetta competition, which includes the 2019 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club title secured by Michael Kidson last month.
Alderslade went to Leicestershire with a healthy 50 point advantage at the top of the Chairmans Cup standings, and it was clear from the off that he was the driver to beat once again. The 59 year old starred in qualifying to finish fourth overall and take a double class pole.
A brilliant opening race on Saturday afternoon saw the Loughton racer run fourth in the early stages, before eventually emerging from some close battles on track in seventh. Crucially that was enough for the class win, meaning a finish in race two would be enough for the title.
Alderslade didn’t settle for just finishing though and he secured championship honours in style with another lights-to-flag class victory. From fifth on the grid, he enjoyed some more great wheel-to-wheel action on track on his way to sixth at the finish.
Behind the wheel of his Woodford Heating supported Ginetta G40 signed off his title winning campaign the only way he knew how, by completing his victory hat-trick for the weekend. He ends the season with a superb tally of 11 wins and 14 podiums from 17 races.
Roy Alderslade - 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup ‘Chairmans Cup’ Champion: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic season. All round it’s been a great experience. The overall organization from Ginetta has been very good, keeping the series on a level playing field with drivers of all kinds of experience.
“It’s been a really competitive season in the championship and it’s been great to be up there battling in the overall top five alongside the Chairmans Cup title. The W2R Motorsport team have been fantastic and they make it such a welcoming atmosphere to go racing in.”
Keogh meanwhile was attempting to make G40 Cup history at Donington Park by becoming the first ever two-time champion. The 2015 victor sat eight points behind Chris Salkeld and 25 clear of Daniel Morris, with those three going on to produce a stunning weekend of racing.
The 42 year old kicked off the meeting in perfect fashion with a double pole position in qualifying, and he went on to full maximise that advantage in race one. He stormed clear at the front of the pack to win by nearly five seconds for his fifth victory of the year.
The second race began with Keogh slipping back to second on the opening lap, which kicked off an exciting three way battle for the win with Morris and Salkeld. The trio could barely be separated all race, with Keogh coming home third after losing a spot on the last lap.
That result meant that Keogh and Salkeld remarkably headed into the final race of the season tied on points, making it a straight fight for title glory. Keogh had a tough start to the race though, getting shuffled back to fifth during a busy opening lap.
The Bristol racer dusted himself off though and immediately fought back, getting into third by the end of lap two. Latching onto the rear bumper of Salkeld ahead, the duo ran nose to tail for a long spell before the title was decided on a dramatic final lap.
Knowing it was winner takes all, Keogh made his move into Redgate corner to grab the crucial second position. Salkeld kept close behind though and at the penultimate corner, a forceful dive down the inside got him back ahead and won him the title by just three points.
Keogh finishes as G40 Cup vice-champion for the second time in his career, having also done so in 2017. A podium hat-trick for the weekend further cements his status as the most successful driver in championship history, with a total of 23 wins and 59 podiums to his name.
Rob Keogh - 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup Vice-Champion: “Half of me is gutted, but half of me is excited to have been involved in one of the best races of my life. After getting pushed out at the first corner, I had to chuck everything at it. It was flat out and a truly great battle to the end.
“Congratulations to Chris [Salkeld] on the title. With Daniel [Morris] as well, we had some really close and exciting races through the season and it was a pleasure to be part of it. A huge thank you to W2R Motorsport for all their hard work through the season, it was a great year.”
W2R Motorsport raced with an expanded four car entry for the season finale, with their title contenders joined by two-time podium-finisher Jimmy Thomson and a G40 Cup debutant in Chris White, who competed in the GRDC with the team this year.
A consistent Saturday for Thomson saw him qualify sixth and finish sixth in the opening race. A tough second encounter resulted in a P20 finish, but from back on row ten in race three a fantastic charge through the field netted him an eighth place result.
After a great GRDC campaign that yielded regular top six finishes, White acquainted himself well in the G40 Cup. Qualifying an impressive seventh overall, he bounced back from a race one DNF to come home with a top ten finish in race two and P16 in the final encounter.
Ben Hyland - W2R Motorsport: “The 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup season has been perfect racing across both of the classes. It’s a testament to Ginetta and all the teams and drivers, and to end the season with that final race was phenomenal, you couldn’t have had a more exciting finale.
“To come away with the Chairmans Cup title and overall vice-champion in the team is fantastic and I’m immensely proud of everyone involved with W2R Motorsport. Both Rob [Keogh] and Roy [Alderslade] have been class acts throughout the season.
“Rob is a great character to have around the team. He’s a perfect fit for us, and he drove pretty much faultlessly all season. His record in the championship speaks for itself, finishing in the championship top two on three occasions now, and proves how consistently fast he’s been over the years.
“I knew as soon as we started working with Roy that he would cause a few shocks in this championship. I told everyone that he was capable of winning the class title and he proved me right. His performances this season have been nothing short of exceptional and he’s a deserving champion.
“Jimmy [Thomson] has had his best year to date in the championship, picking up his podium finishes and showing great progress throughout the season. Chris [White] impressed in GRDC and he slotted in well at this level. His pace was strong, he learnt a lot and there’s still lots more to come from him.”
You can watch back the nail-biting final two races of the season via the live streams on the Ginetta YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ginettatv/videos.
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