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Preview: Ginetta G40 Cup, Round Six, Donington Park

9th September 2019 • Simon Paice

With both titles still to be decided and the biggest grid of the year set to compete, it’s going to be a thrilling final three races of the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup season at Donington Park this weekend.

Less than 40 points separate the top three in the overall standings, with leader Chris Salkeld (Assetto Motorsport), Rob Keogh (W2R Motorsport) and Daniel Morris (Quattro Motorsport) all capable of ending the season as the champion.

Salkeld has moved to the top of the standings courtesy of a fantastic run of eight consecutive top two finishes. With double victories in each of the last two meetings at Zandvoort and Brands Hatch, he’s the in-form driver in the field and the man to beat this weekend.

Eight points adrift of him is Keogh, who comes into the finale with experience on his side having taken the title in 2015. A milestone season has seen him reach 50 podiums and 20 wins in the championship and the next target is to become the first ever two-time champion.

Morris’ consistency has been hugely impressive this year with 11 podiums in 14 races, but he’ll be aiming to add to his one race win so far to overturn his 33 point deficit. Alistair Barclay was also mathematically in contention for the title, but he has joined the GT5 Challenge grid this weekend.

The title picture in the Chairmans Cup class is clearer to read, with a straight shootout between Roy Alderslade (W2R Motorsport) and Martin Wills (Assetto Motorsport) for the silverware. Alderslade travels to Donington with a 50 point cushion, but knows his work isn’t done yet.

Alderslade has been mightily impressive this year with eight wins, podium finishes in every meeting so far and an overall best finish of third. Wills has only taken one less podium than him though and four victories of his own mean he’s in contention to emerge on top this weekend.

Outside of the title battles, there are a number of drivers to keep an eye on as they look to end their 2019 campaigns on a high. They include Jimmy Thomson (W2R Motorsport), who got his second podium of the season last time out at Brands Hatch and wants to add to that tally.

Following a second place finish on his first outing this season at Silverstone, Giles Dawson (Assetto Motorsport) is one to watch as he returns to the grid. Privateer Daniel Smith has podium aspirations, while Charlotte Birch (SVG Motorsport) and Bill Forbes (Quattro Motorsport) will be looking to end their seasons on a high.

After Craig Cornick (Assetto Motorsport) and Mark Lee (Quattro Motorsport) made their G40 Cup debuts at Brands Hatch, three more drivers from the 2019 GRDC grid make the step up this weekend; race-winner Mark Sansom (Assetto Motorsport), Neil Wallace (SVG Motorsport) and Chris White (W2R Motorsport).

In the Chairmans Cup, Ian Duggan (Fox Motorsport) is one to watch having secured six podiums in the last seven races. He’s battling it out for third in the final class standings with Assetto Motorsport’s regular podium finishers Julian Wantling and Mike West.

Only one point separates experienced SF Racing duo Shawn Fleming and Gary Wager as they battle for the final spot in the class top six. John Wall (SF Racing), Robin Grimwood (Assetto Motorsport), Andy Marshall (SVG Motorsport) and Ron Linn (Kraken Motorsport) complete the entry.

Follow the action across the weekend on social media, @GinettaCars.