Posted on Mon 23rd Jul, 2018 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport’s Brett Ward enjoyed the best weekend of his fledging car-racing career so far as he secured a superb pair of top ten finishes in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge’s annual overseas meeting at Spa-Francorchamps this past weekend (21-22 July).
Ward and his team-mates Will Dyrdal and Adrian Campbell-Smith would relish the opportunity to take on one of the most iconic circuits in the world, with Dyrdal also starring as he produced a sensational drive through the field in race two.
It was Ward who led the way for the team in qualifying as a blistering effort put him fifth fastest overall, his second consecutive top five qualifying result in the series, which was the perfect platform for a great pair of races in the Ardennes Forest.
The 20 year old was in the thick of the top ten action as he enjoyed some thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing, emerging from the opening encounter in eighth position before going one place better in race two, his best result in the GT5 Challenge so far.
Dyrdal almost joined his team-mate in the top ten in race two following a truly stunning drive up the order, with the seventeen year old highlighting his prodigious talent for overtaking as he scythed his way through from 28th on the grid to 13th at the finish.
That followed up a battling display from 17th on the grid in the opening race, with Dyrdal looking on course for a top 20 finish before suffering some late misfortune, however that took nothing away from another weekend of fantastic progression from the Yorkshireman.
It would unfortunately be a difficult weekend for AM class front-runner Adrian Campbell-Smith meanwhile, with a problem in qualifying leading to his lap times being disallowed, which sadly deprived him of the chance to add to his seven class podiums so far.
Starting the opening race from the back of the grid, the Greenwich racer would unfortunately suffer a retirement in race one, before a puncture after hitting debris would leave him nursing his Ginetta G40 home to an eighth place class finish in the closer.
A similarly tough weekend for title rival Richard Evans however means that Campbell-Smith remains firmly in AM class title contention heading into the final two meetings of the GT5 Challenge season, starting with a trip to Knockhill in Scotland (25/26 August) in support of the BTCC.
W2R Motorsport’s Ben Hyland: “Brett [Ward] is driving fantastically at the moment and he is getting the chance to show his potential. Qualifying in the top five two meetings in a row is a great achievement, and a couple of really mature drives got him a deserved pair of top ten finishes.
“Will [Dyrdal] built up his confidence with the car and the circuit over the course of the meeting and his drive in race two was a deserved reward for his hard work. His drive from P25 to P5 at Thruxton earlier in the year was special, and P27 to P13 at Spa is right up there too!
“Adrian [Campbell-Smith] had some truly rotten luck. It’s a real shame that he wasn’t able to showcase the clear pace that he had, but with his title rival also hitting trouble, it’s set us up for a thrilling battle for class honours in the final two meetings.
“Overall, it was a typical Spa weekend with plenty of highs and lows for the team. It didn’t all go our way, but we’re happy with the great pace that all three drivers have and we’re in a buoyant mood heading into the final two meetings of the season.”
The GT5 Challenge is next in action on 25/26 August with the series’ second BTCC showcase of the year at Knoockhill.
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