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Preview: Ginetta G40 Cup, Round One, Oulton Park

15th April 2019 • Simon Paice

A championship renowned for close, competitive and affordable racing, the Ginetta G40 Cup has an exciting mix of familiar faces and series newcomers set to battle it out for the 2019 title.

Recent success stories from the G40 Cup include reigning champion Tom Golding, who steps up to the GT5 Challenge grid this weekend, while earlier this month 2018 vice-champion Jack Oliphant took a podium finish in the GT4 SuperCup and 2017 victor Michael Crees made his BTCC debut.

The class of 2019 features a few established names, including 2015 champion Rob Keogh. The W2R Motorsport driver has no less than 17 race victories and 42 podium finishes in the championship to date and is determined to add a second title to his résumé.

Alistair Barclay is the highest placed returning driver from last year after finishing fourth in the standings with a race victory to his name. He’ll be joined in the SVG Motorsport ranks by Andrew Marshall, who makes his G40 Cup bow with years of experience competing in the GT5 Challenge.

Jimmy Thomson is back on the grid with W2R Motorsport after securing a podium finish in his maiden campaign last season, while another second year contender is Quattro Motorsport’s Bill Forbes, who has silverware in his sights after regular top six finishes in 2018.

Three of the most experienced drivers on the grid will be teaming up at SF Racing. 2016 vice-champion Shawn Fleming is one to watch having previously recorded three race wins in the series, while Gary Wager and John Wall are potential front-runners also.

The G40 Cup is the natural progression for graduates of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club and this year seven drivers are moving up the Ginetta ladder, including Fox Motorsport’s Ian Duggan and Assetto Motorsport trio Robin Grimwood, Lee Goldsmith and Julian Wantling.

Most of the GRDC alumni got some G40 Cup experience under their belt last year and three drivers showed huge potential during the season finale at Donington Park. Roy Alderslade (W2R Motorsport) qualified second, while Chris Salkeld (Assetto Motorsport) and Daniel Morris (Quattro Motorsport) picked up podium finishes.

Assetto Motorsport took Golding to championship glory last year and a six car entry for their title defence is completed by the returning Mike West and debutant Martin Wills, while other newcomers are privateer Charles Corner and SVG Motorsport’s Charlotte Birch, the youngest driver on the grid at the age of 16.

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

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, April 20 – Qualifying 09:00 – 09:20; Race One 14:10

Monday, April 22 – Race Two 12:30; Race Three 16:50