Posted on Fri 9th Aug, 2019 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport will head into the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup season finale in contention for both the overall and Chairmans Cup titles with Rob Keogh and Roy Alderslade respectively after both drivers tasted victory during the penultimate meeting of the year at Brands Hatch (03/04 August).
The most successful driver in championship history, Keogh’s pursuit of a second G40 Cup title took a dent in the opening race in Kent, but he bounced back superbly with two podium finishes to make it 12 top three results from 14 races so far this season.
The meeting started in perfect fashion for the Bristol racer as he secured his first pole position of the season. His hopes of capitalising on that in the opening race were halted though when an early mechanical problem forced him into a first retirement of the campaign.
The 2012 want2race competition winner starred in race two on Sunday as part of a thrilling four way battle for the race win between this year’s title contenders. Elbowed to fifth on the first lap, he produced some superb overtaking moves as he fought back to second place.
From second on the grid in the final encounter, a supreme start from the 2015 champion led to him taking the lead on lap one. A composed drive from there saw him control the remainder of the race for a richly deserved third victory of the year and with it the Sunoco Driver of the Weekend award.
Like Keogh, it was a crucial weekend for Alderslade in his pursuit of the Chairmans Cup crown. The Loughton based racer laid down a marker in qualifying, picking up a pair of outright top six starting positions and outpacing his closest class rival by nearly half a second.
Alderslade carried that pace into the opening race and produced a sublime performance. Running in the top five from the off, he picked up two places over the course of the race to pick up a best overall result of the season in third and an eighth class victory so far.
After becoming the first Chairmans Cup driver to finish in the outright top three this year, sadly it proved to be a frustrating race two. Running in fifth for the first half of the race, an unfortunate moment at Surtees led to contact with the barriers and dropped him to fifth in class.
The 59 year old hit back strongly in race three though. Running as high as sixth at one stage, he eventually crossed the line in eighth place and third of the Chairmans Cup contingent. That makes it a hugely impressive 11 class podium finishes across the 14 races so far.
It was a memorable meeting for Jimmy Thomson meanwhile, who enjoyed his highest scoring weekend in the championship to date. After joining his team-mates in qualifying in the top six for both races, he went on to produce a brilliant drive in the first race.
Gaining two places on the opening tour, he then enjoyed battles with Alderslade and title contenders Daniel Morris and Alistair Barclay across the race. Emerging in fourth overall, he was third of the main class runners so made a deserved trip to the podium.
Sitting in seventh for a long spell in race two, some great late progress saw him work his way up to fourth. Another impressive display came in race three as he fought for the final podium position throughout, with fourth at the flag further cementing his top five championship standing.
The weekend’s results mean that ahead of the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup season finale at Donington Park (14/15 September), Keogh sits second in the overall championship standings, just eight points adrift of the leader, while Alderslade holds a 50 point advantage in the Chairmans Cup.
Ben Hyland – W2R Motorsport: “It’s been another rollercoaster weekend of Ginetta G40 Cup racing at Brands Hatch, but we’re delighted that all three of our drivers are going home with a trophy and that we’re right in the mix to challenge for two titles at Donington Park.
“It always seems to be this time of the season that Rob [Keogh] suffers some kind of freak incident to dent the momentum of his title bid, and race one was no exception. He used all his experience though and drove smartly and stylishly in the other two races to get some great results.
“The TV cameras were focused on him in race two as we enjoyed some of his typically exciting racing, while to get the win was a nice way to end the weekend. He came through to get the results on Sunday and that gives him some momentum for the last rounds. Game on at Donington!
“Roy [Alderslade] was absolutely exceptional in the opening race. To finish third overall on a circuit as challenging as Brands Hatch GP is phenomenal. Sadly he couldn’t quite capitalise on that result on Sunday, but to his credit the race two incident was probably his first mistake of the whole season.
“A hard-fought podium in race three was a good comeback and a 50 point lead is a great position heading to Donington. He’s not being complacent though and he is approaching the meeting properly. We have some testing booked and he’ll arrive there confident and comfortable.
“We’re ecstatic for Jimmy [Thomson] that he got his second podium of the year as part of his best ever weekend in the series. He was consistent and showed his talents battling with front guys like Morris and Barclay. He didn’t look out of place and proves he can be one of the top three drivers on his day.”