Zandvoort Wins Secure W2R Motorsport Double Championship Lead
Posted on Wed 10th Jul, 2019 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport now lead the way in both the overall drivers’ and Chairmans Cup championship standings in the Ginetta G40 Cup following a standout weekend for Rob Keogh and Roy Alderslade at Zandvoort this past weekend (06/07 July).
The championship’s annual overseas meeting saw the Yorkshire team heading to the west coast of Holland to compete as part of the annual ‘British Race Festival’, with Keogh in particular heading there in confident mood having won on the series’ last visit in 2017.
It proved to be a landmark weekend this time around for the 2015 series champion and former want2race scholarship winner, with his 50th overall podium in the series and then his 20th race victory moving him into the championship lead heading into the final two meetings of the year.
After posting his best qualifying result of the season so far in second, Keogh was in the fight for the win in each of the first two races. Battling hard with rival Chris Salkeld, the Bristol based racer came home in second place in both encounters.
It proved to be third time lucky though as Keogh stormed to the front on the opening lap of race three and went on to maintain the lead through to the chequered flag. A tenth podium result of the season so far means he continues to have finished outside the top three just once this year.
Alderslade meanwhile was already in possession of a healthy advantage at the top of the Chairmans Cup standings en-route to Zandvoort and he only strengthened his title credentials further with a pair of class victories over the course of his first ever race meeting at the circuit.
In a hotly contested qualifying session, the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club graduate finished up third of the Chairmans Cup contenders, albeit less than a tenth of a second off the leading driver. From there, a tricky opening race saw him lose ground early on and finish fourth in class.
Alderslade bounced back in style in race two though as he stamped his authority on the class again with a dominant 16 second victory. Another lights-to-flag win followed in race three; his seventh victory of the season coming as part of a run of nine podium finishes in the 11 races so far.
Completing an all-round positive weekend for the W2R Motorsport outfit was Jimmy Thomson, who enjoyed a hat-trick of top six finishes to continue an impressively consistent campaign in which he has finished lower than sixth on only two occasions to date.
Moving forward from the third row in each of the first two races, the Yorkshireman was on the cusp of the podium battle in his Guyson International supported Ginetta G40 as he came home fourth in both, before adding a sixth place result in the final encounter.
Max Coates – W2R Motorsport: “The British Race Festival was a fantastic event and we loved taking part. Zandvoort is a true old school track; a tight, twisty and fast circuit with little run-off. It’s a proper challenge, which makes it all the more rewarding when you get it right.
“It was a real landmark weekend for Rob [Keogh] and we’re delighted for him. The first driver to reach 20 wins and 50 podiums in the series is a great achievement and it’s a testament to his continued speed and race craft over the last few seasons.
“It was a fascinating duel between Rob and Chris Salkeld all meeting at the front of the field and we’re pleased Rob got his win in the final race. Getting the championship lead at this stage is fantastic, but there’s a long way to go and we’re ready for the battle ahead.
“Roy [Alderslade] has been putting in a lot of hard work and it once again showed this weekend. He was consistently fast across each session and was matching the overall front-runner’s pace at points. Two richly deserved wins have put him in a great position in the championship fight.
“After having some misfortune come his way in the races recently, Jimmy [Thomson] needed a good, clean weekend and it was mission accomplished. His pace was quick, he showed good improvement across the meeting and was knocking on the podium door.
“All in all, a great weekend away for the W2R Motorsport team. The weather was generally good, the atmosphere in the paddock was brilliant and to come away with three wins and the advantage in both championship battles makes it a memorable one for us.”
The Ginetta G40 Cup season continues in four weeks’ time at Brands Hatch in Kent (3/4 August) for the penultimate meeting of the year. Also competing that weekend will be the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club for the final rounds of the 2019 campaign.