Posted on Thu 13th Jun, 2019 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport enjoyed a fantastic weekend during the second meeting of the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup season at Snetterton (18/19 May), with Rob Keogh taking a first race victory of the campaign and Roy Alderslade securing a pair of Chairmans Cup successes.
With Jimmy Thomson also gracing the podium on Sunday, it proved to be a memorable weekend all round as the Yorkshire team once again proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the G40 Cup, which races in support of the British GT Championship.
Keogh enjoyed a taste of the winner’s champagne at Snetterton twelve months ago and seemed at home around the technical 300 circuit again this time around. A great start in qualifying saw the 2015 champion and 2017 vice-champion secure himself a pair of third place starts.
Initially slipping to fourth at the start of the opening race on Saturday afternoon, the 42 year old fought back to second on lap two. He went on to put pressure on the leader throughout the race and took the chequered flag in second place just a car’s length behind.
It was a similar story in Sunday’s opening race as Keogh once again challenged the race leader from start-to-finish before crossing the line in second, however a time penalty for the on-the-road victor meant the Bristol racer was awarded his first race win of the campaign.
Keogh, who started his motorsport career as the 2012 want2race competition winner, was part of a sensational three-way battle for the win in the final encounter, with thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing throughout the race with Alistair Barclay and Daniel Morris.
While he unfortunately narrowly missed out on top spot, a second place finish capped off a sensational podium hat-trick for the weekend that has seen Keogh provisionally move up to second in the championship standings.
Thomson joined his team-mate in having fond memories of Snetterton after taking his maiden G40 Cup podium finish there last year, and there was similar joy this time around as he put in a superb showing in his Guyson International Ltd supported Ginetta G40.
After qualifying in the top five, the opener was a relatively quiet affair for the 30 year old as he ran in fifth from start to finish. Race two proved to be a much more exciting affair though, as he fought tooth and nail with championship leader Alistair Barclay for the final podium position.
Thomson finished fourth on the road, however a time penalty for a driver ahead meant that he was promoted to a deserved third place result for his second podium in the series. He then came home fifth in an action-packed final race to continue his 100% record of top six finishes so far this year.
Alderslade meanwhile put in a fantastic display in Norfolk. After recording a strong second place finish in the opening race, the 59 year old starred in race two with a truly dominant Chairmans Cup victory, finishing fifth overall with a gap of over 25 seconds to his next class rival.
The Essex racer briefly lost the lead at the start of race three, but fought back to record his fourth class victory in the opening six races of the season, with that sensational record ensuring he has become the provisional points leader in the Chairmans Cup.
Ben Hyland – W2R Motorsport: “As a team we’ve always performed well at Snetterton in the Ginetta G40 Cup in the past and we’re delighted that this year was no exception. I couldn’t be happier with how each of our drivers and all the team members performed.
“Rob [Keogh] put in a stellar performance. We’re ecstatic that he got the win, though with the pace he showed our competitive side is a touch disappointed there wasn’t more. With a fantastic weekend of results, he’s up to second in the points and has shown everyone he means business in the title fight.
“Jimmy [Thomson] loves Snetterton and I’m very happy he got on the podium again. He drove very well all weekend, was up there battling with the championship leader and now has the confidence that he can mix it with the front guys. There are more podiums to come through the season for sure.
“Roy [Alderslade] was superb! He was held back aggressively by another driver in race one so missed out on a shot at the win, but bounced back sensationally with two dominant wins on Sunday. He drove intelligently, kept his nose clean and focused on the long term aim of winning the class title.”
The second meeting of the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup will see the series share a grid with the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club as they tackle the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 08/09 June.