Adam Smalley took his maiden overall podium in the Ginetta Junior Championship after a super showing at Snetterton.
The Ginetta Junior Championship returned to action after the summer break at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Smalley showed strong pace throughout free practise, however technical gremlins in qualifying hampered his progress, as he set the 11th fastest time overall. His second fastest time was good enough for the 8th fastest lap when those times were counted for.
Changes were made after qualifying to Smalley's car ready for the opening race of the weekend. Smalley made a solid start, gaining a position to 10th at the end of the opening manic lap. After lap one, it was clear to see that Smalley had race leading pace! By lap 4, he had gained five positions up to 6th - setting the fastest lap in the process. The Ginetta Scholarship winner continued his charge and after some clever overtaking, finished the opening race in 4th position - taking 2nd on the Rookie Podium.
Race two saw Smalley start from the outside and was hung out around the two right handers at the beginning of the lap. Smalley was forced back to 7th position but began once again to fight back - showing a great pace as he moved up to 3rd with two laps to go, making a great overtaking move after reading an incident up ahead perfectly. Smalley grabbed 2nd on the final lap to take his maiden overall Ginetta Junior podium, as well as the Rookie Victory.
The final race of the weekend was another combative race. Smalley made a brilliant start to take the lead at turn one - where he remained at the end of the opening lap.
The battle for the lead intensified over the following laps between Smalley, Kiern Jewiss, Tom Wood and Tom Gamble. The drivers were in a train for most of the race until lap six where Smalley went for the lead, but was forced wide and demoted to 4th position. He valiantly battled hard to retain his position, with a visible straight line speed deficit which saw him forced wide and cut the chicane when a rival sent a lunge at the end of the straight.
The JHR Developments driver hung on to take 4th at the flag, as well as 2nd overall on the Rookie Podium to take home four trophies from a very successful first weekend back in Ginetta Juniors.
"It was great to take my maiden overall podium. We were on race winning pace through alot of the races which is great to see. Huge thanks to JHR for a great car, as well as all my partners - especially Total Rail Solutions and Dan Morley at Snap-On for getting me on the grid and racing at the sharp end" said a delighted Smalley post race.
The next event takes places at the Knockhill Circuit on the 12-13 August. Smalley is currently 7th overall in the championship on 237 points - aiming to take his maiden win before the end of the season.