Elite Motorsport Driver Adam Smalley took a Pole Position, before a 2nd in Race One and victory in Race Two see’s him vault back into contention for the Ginetta Junior Championship.
Thruxton in Hampshire hosted the third round, races 6-7 of the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship on the 19-20 May.
The fastest track on the calendar meant drivers had to leave it all on the line to profit in lap time.
Smalley did just that in Timed Qualifying, taking Pole Position with the fastest lap time of a 1:32.000 – just 0.003s faster than rival Louis Foster.
Smalley’s second-best time however was only the 4th fastest time, which is where he would start on the grid in Race Two.
Race one saw Smalley, Louis Foster, Finley Green and Luke Browning were locked in a battle for the race lead, much to the excitement of the fans packed into the Thruxton grandstand.
The foursome swapped places throughout the opening half of the 12-lap race, but a spin for Green ended his race early with five laps to go. The leaders closed up once again as Foster homed in on leader Browning. The pair raced nose-to-tail for a handful of laps, until the pair made contact and Foster was sent backwards down the order.
In the melee, Smalley nipped through into the lead, pulling Kibble through with him. Although they crossed the line in that order. Smalley won the race on track; however, he was penalised harshly for missing the chicane in avoiding action – meaning he was demoted to 2nd in the classification.
Race two saw Smalley make a rocket start from 4th on the grid. The leading quartet squeezed into turn one, with Foster being span out and almost into the pit-wall in the process!
Smalley slotted in behind Green in 2nd place, before mounting his challenge on teammate for the race win.
As Smalley and Green traded places for the lead, before a safety car was deployed.
After a brief safety car period which regrouped the entire field, action get back underway on lap five. Smalley and James Hedley battled for the lead.
Smalley managed to hold off Hedley’s advances for the remainder of the race, taking the victory in a tense finale with his Total Rail Solutions and Reflex Vans backed Elite Motorsport machine.
Smalley’s victory and strong weekend takes him to the lead of the championship, on 186 points - 10 ahead of his nearest rival.
The next round of the Ginetta Junior Championship takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire – on the 9-10 June.