Smalley takes pole and victory on his European Karting debut
Adam Smalley took the initiative from the get go! After featuring at the sharp end of the timesheets through testing, when it got to crunch time in Timed Qualifying, Smalley delivered the Pole Position time, besting his nearest rival by 0.036s!
This provided the Junior driver with the luxury of the Pole Position start for all his heats.
A combative first heat saw Smalley finish the race in 4th position, as the top 5 crossed the line within half a second of each other.
Smalley was once again embroiled in a train of karts fighting for the win in Heat 2, finishing 3rd at the line, just 0.3s off the win.
Smalley finished his final heat with another 3rd position, giving him 5th on the grid for the Pre-Final.
A hotly contested Pre-Final saw Smalley knocked back at the start, after re-gathering himself and a few fastest laps on the way, he finished 7th at the flag.
Starting the Grand Final from 7th, Smalley got a brilliant start straight into 4th position, later moving up to 3rd. The front pair came together multiple times, with both drivers receiving 10 second penalties for driving standards. Smalley kept his nose clean and crossed the line knowing he was the victor of the Winter Cup!
It was a dream start to his European Karting career, as he swooped to the first major title of the year - which bodes well for the rest of the season in the Rotax Euro Challenge.
The next event takes place at Genk for the opening round of the Junior Rotax Euro Challenge ( 3-4 April)