Ginetta Junior Podium and Victory for Smalley at Snetterton
01 Aug 2018
Adam Smalley took a win and a second place at Snetteron 300 as the Ginetta Junior Championship returned to action after the Summer Break
Smalley had developed a nice advantage in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship Standings in the first half of the season. The Elite Motorsport, Total Rail Solutions and Reflex Vans backed driver aimed to consolidate this advantage and protect his championship lead in the final part of the season.
Qualifying saw Smalley set the 2nd fastest lap of the race, 0.126s off pole position. Smalley’s second fastest time was the best on the grid, which put him on pole position for race two.
The opening race saw Smalley challenging for the lead from the off, as a seven-car train developed for the lead of the race around the 300 circuit. Louis Foster and Smalley managed to break away into a race of their own at the front. Smalley went for an overtake on Foster, however the pair made contact which delayed their progress – allowing Luke Browning to take the lead.
Smalley crossed the line in 3rd position, but was penalised for the contact which delayed him with a six-second time penalty.
Race two, starting from pole – Smalley got away well but was passed by the rapid starting Ruben Del Sarthe who took the lead. Browning and Smalley however cleared Del Sarthe in the fight for the lead. Smalley held onto a strong 2nd position at the chequered flag to bag another podium for his collection.
The third and final race of the weekend saw the race start in tricky wet conditions following rain overnight. Smalley shot off the line into the lead of the race. Once again it was Smalley versus Browning for the race win. Smalley managed to hold onto the win just ahead of Browning, with the pair 32 seconds ahead of the chasing pack!
Smalley leaves Snetterton with a 36-point lead in the championship over main rival Browning.
The next round of the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship takes place at Rockingham on the 10-12 August.