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Preview: Ginetta G40 Cup, Round Five, Brands Hatch

30th July 2019 • Simon Paice

Four drivers from four different teams are in contention for the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup title as we head into the penultimate meeting of the season this weekend at Brands Hatch.

Rob Keogh (W2R Motorsport) moved to the top of the championship standings last time out with a third win of the season so far at Zandvoort. That is part of a superb run of form for the 2015 champion, who has now posted eight consecutive podium finishes.

Enjoying a fantastic trip to Holland as well was Chris Salkeld (Assetto Motorsport), who converted his maiden pole positions in the series into a superb double victory. That success has shot him up to second in the standings, with just 25 points separating him and Keogh.

Daniel Morris (Quattro Motorsport) joined Keogh and Salkeld in enjoying podium hat-tricks last time out to continue his championship challenge. A maiden race-winner earlier in the year at Snetterton, his impressive record of eight top three results this year is second only to Keogh’s ten.

Going into the Zandvoort weekend it was Alistair Barclay (SVG Motorsport) who led the points standings, and now he’s ready to fight back to the top after a tough outing in Holland. He’s certainly one to watch, with his tally of four wins being more than anyone else this season.

Eager to make a return to the podium this weekend is Jimmy Thomson (W2R Motorsport), who’s impressively only finished outside the top six twice this year, while Giles Dawson (Privateer) returns to the grid looking to add to his debut podium at Silverstone.

Dawson is joined by Andy Marshall (SVG Motorsport) in making his second outing of the season after missing the visit to Zandvoort. Bill Forbes (Quattro Motorsport) has been a regular top ten finisher this year, while Daniel Smith (Privateer) has a best finish of fifth in his two outings so far.

On top in the Chairmans Cup meanwhile is Roy Alderslade (W2R Motorsport). A sensational campaign has seen him finish off the class podium only twice and a double win in Holland means his advantage sits at 64 points with six races remaining this year.

Ready to try and close the gap this weekend is his chief challenger in the points, Martin Wills (Assetto Motorsport). A sensational overall front row start at Silverstone showcased his raw speed and he’s taken home seven pieces of class silverware to date.

Great results at Zandvoort for Ian Duggan (Fox Motorsport) has put him hot on the heels of Julian Wantling (Assetto Motorsport) in the battle for third in the class points. Duggan enjoyed a top three hat-trick, making it six podiums for the campaign, while Wantling now has four to his name.

Earning podium finishes as well this year have been Assetto Motorsport duo Mike West and Robin Grimwood, and SF Racing team-mates Shawn Fleming and Gary Wager, showcasing just how competitive the Chairmans Cup has been this season.

The grid is bolstered by teenage talent Charlotte Birch (SVG Motorsport) and Chairmans Cup competitors Lee Goldsmith (Assetto Motorsport) and John Wall (SF Racing).

Keep up to date with all the action across the weekend on social media, @GinettaCars.