Posted on Thu 13th Jun, 2019 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport have crossed the milestone of 100 overall podiums in the Ginetta G40 Cup after Rob Keogh and Roy Alderslade secured a dream double victory during the latest rounds of the 2019 season at Silverstone (08/09 June).
Two podium finishes for Keogh at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ were the 100th and 101st in the series for W2R Motorsport, while his victory was the Yorkshire-based team’s 32nd so far in the one-make championship as they cemented their status as the most successful team in series history.
Those top three results around the world-famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit have moved Keogh closer to the summit of the overall standings in his quest for a second title, while a third consecutive class victory has extended Alderslade’s lead in the Chairmans Cup.
After qualifying fourth on the grid for both races, Keogh made a great start to the opening race. Moving up to third at the end of lap one, a couple of decisive moves on the next lap saw the Bristol based racer move into the race lead.
An intelligent drive from there saw Keogh keep his closest challenger at arm’s length to record his second win of the season so far. The 2015 series champion was then right in the mix for the win again in a truncated second encounter, which featured a lengthy safety car period.
Briefly moving into the race lead on the penultimate lap, Keogh eventually took the chequered flag in third position for his seventh podium finish in the opening eight races, which is more than any other driver on the grid and has put him just nine points shy of the championship lead.
Alderslade headed into the weekend with great momentum from five Chairmans Cup podium finishes in the opening six races of the season, and he put himself in the best position to extend that record by qualifying second in class and in the top six overall for both races.
In his Woodford Heating supported Ginetta G40, Alderslade put in an absolutely dominant display in the opening races as he stormed into the Chairmans Cup lead and pulled clear to take the victory over 40 seconds clear of his closest class rival.
The 59 year old once again grabbed the class advantage on the opening lap in race two and held it through the safety car period. While he unfortunately slipped back to second late on, a fifth consecutive podium finish has put him over 40 points clear at the top of the class standings.
Jimmy Thomson meanwhile headed into the meeting with confidence high after a podium finish last time out at Snetterton, however it proved to be a tough weekend. The difficulties started in qualifying after a wrong tyre choice on a drying circuit left him 15th on the grid for both races.
A great start to race one saw him immediately move into the top ten, however a brake issue cost him the chance of further progress as he limped home in ninth. Race two began strongly as well, however unavoidable contact with a spinning car in front forced him into retirement.
The W2R Motorsport entry was bolstered by the addition of GRDC graduate Vince Caldicott for his G40 Cup debut. After a superb start saw him qualify 13th overall, two competitive race performances netted him a best result of 16th and ninth in the Chairmans Cup.
Max Coates – W2R Motorsport Team Manager: “The Ginetta G40 Cup never fails to serve up exciting racing and this weekend was no exception. That was particularly the case at the front of the field and Rob put on a show as part of some brilliant battles for the race wins.
“While qualifying didn’t quite go Rob’s way, I felt he was the fastest driver out there across the weekend. He’s always great to watch and he pulled off some spectacular moves, while the way he controlled the first race was pure class. He’s right in the title fight and ready the next races.
“This was the weekend where Roy truly asserted himself as the driver to beat in the Chairmans Cup. The way he drove all weekend was superb and his dominant race one victory was particularly impressive. He’s good, calm, consistent and fast … all the hallmarks of a champion.
“It was truly a weekend to forget for Jimmy unfortunately. It seemed that anything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong for him. His pace isn’t in doubt though, he’s a quick lad and we can write off this one knowing he’ll come back strongly at Zandvoort.
“We loved having Vince back in the team and he seemed to love being back racing. In both races he enjoyed some good battles on track, improved his times and came home with the car in one piece and with a huge smile on his face, so he achieved exactly what he wanted to from the weekend.
“To reach the landmark of 100 overall podium finishes in the Ginetta G40 Cup makes us all immensely proud. It highlights the team’s pedigree and experience, whilst also showing we’re not complacent and are always striving to progress and improve. It’s a credit to the drivers on track, but also a testament to all the fantastic staff we have had at W2R Motorsport over the years. Here’s to the next 100!”
Next up for the Ginetta G40 Cup is the championship’s annual overseas meeting, which this year will see W2R Motorsport travel from Yorkshire to Zandvoort in Holland next month (06/07 July).