Smalley takes Double Ginetta Junior Podium at the Rock
13 Aug 2018
Adam Smalley extended his championship lead after two podium finishes in mixed conditions at Rockingham in the Ginetta Junior Championship.
The Ginetta Junior Championship headed to Rockingham for the seventh round and Races 16-18 of the 2018 championship.
Smalley was unlucky in Qualifying, as he sustained a puncture after lap one of the session, meaning he was unable to show his full potential and only able to set the 7th fastest time of the session. He would start on the inside of row four for the first race of the weekend, while he would start 5th on the grid for Race 2, after his second-best lap was taken into account.
Race 1 saw Smalley make the most of the drama that unfolded at Turn 2, to move himself up into 5th position. The Elite Motorsport, Total Rail Solutions and Reflex Vans backed driver then moved further up the grid as title rival Luke Browning was forced to retire with damage.
Smalley continued to make up ground and take full advantage of his opportunity, finishing the race in 3rd position to bag another Ginetta Junior podium finish.
The second race, starting from 5th saw Smalley make a solid getaway and into the thick of the action and battle for 3rd position – as a train of cars began to form around the circuit.
Melee occurred half way into the race which saw two front runners eliminated from the race and baulked Smalley’s progress. He managed to move himself into 4th position later in the race, however he was just out of reach of the podium – crossing the line in a solid 4th at the flag.
Just before the final Ginetta Junior race of the weekend, a huge downpour soaked the circuit – giving the drivers treacherous and challenging conditions to contend with.
Smalley settled into 3rd position at the start, just behind title rivals Louis Foster and Luke Browning.
The trio pulled away from the chasing pack, with Smalley sitting solidly in 3rd position to bag crucial championship points.
The championship leader crossed the line in 3rd, pulling out a 45-point gap to his nearest rival in the standings in the process.
Adam Smalley “It was a positive weekend for me extending my championship lead. Unfortunately, my performance was hampered due to the puncture in Qualifying so it was always going to be a challenging weekend. I did the best I could given the circumstances and managed to get a decent set of results. We will come back fighting stronger than ever at Knockhill”
Smalley and the Ginetta Junior Championship is back in action in just two weeks’ time, at the Knockhill Circuit in Fife, Scotland for Round 8 and Races 19-20 on the 2018 season on the 24-26 August.