Adam Smalley took a double victory on his GT5 Challenge debut at Oulton Park for Elite Motorsport
Adam Smalley took his maiden victories in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge during a pulsating first three rounds of the 2019 season at Oulton Park (20-22 April).
After a tough opening race saw him finish 26th following a puncture, Smalley had an immediate chance to bounce back as he lined up on pole position for race two, courtesy of posting the fastest second best time in qualifying.
The 2018 Ginetta Junior champion took full advantage as he stormed clear at the head of the pack, with a faultless performance earning him a maiden race victory on his championship debut by an impressive margin of nearly 10 seconds.
The race two result set the grid for the final race of the weekend, with great starts from Nicosia and Grady seeing them leapfrog poleman Smalley into first and second respectively. That kicked off a sensational race-long battle for the win, which at one stage featured a ten car train at the front.
Nicosia led the first half of the race from a chasing pack that included Smalley, McKenna, Grady and the impressive Ellesley, before an incident into the chicane on lap five opened the door for Smalley to seize the lead, with McKenna slotting into second.
Those two remained in position to the chequered flag, with Smalley making it two wins in a row.
It was a great debut for Smalley at his home circuit in Oulton Park, setting him up well for the season after his two victories for him and his Elite Motorsport team.
The second round of the Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge will take place at Thruxton on the 18-19 May.