Adam Smalley claimed yet another Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory at Oulton Park at the weekend, extended his championship lead as the series heads into its summer break.
The 2.26-mile circuit is the closest to home for the Lancastrian racer, meaning he had plenty of support trackside not only from friends and family, but also many guests from sponsors who supported him all weekend.
The tight Cheshire circuit is notorious for being tough to overtake on, putting a premium on qualifying well. Despite setting a good time, Adam felt he could have gone faster were it not for a late red flag interrupting their final laps. Nevertheless, it was still a strong session with Adam in third.
Adam got an incredible start to the first race – a longer than usual contest of 30 minutes in length – almost managing to drive between the two cars in front of him before the first corner. He was squeezed by leader James Kellett but managed to hold onto second place ahead of title rival Robert de Haan.
Heading into the Knickerbook chicane on the opening lap he was hit from behind, sending him onto the grass and damaging the car as the splitter was ripped off the front of the car. He took further contact on lap three resulting in his rival being handed multiple penalties after the race and, while it meant Adam had handling issues from then on, he drove superbly to finish second.
The second race of the weekend was a 20-minute blast, broadcast on the main ITV1 channel. Adam once again had a great start to gain a place off the line, but the Safety Car was immediately called after a car went off at turn one. When racing resumed with just eight minutes to go, Adam dove up the inside of Josh Malin at turn one and, from there he was untroubled as he brought the car home for his second victory of the year.
Adam and the team will now have an eight-week summer break, before the second half of the season resumes over the weekend of August 12-14 at the undulating and picturesque Knockhill in Scotland for rounds nine and ten of the season. However, Adam will not have that long to wait before he is back out in a Porsche in the iconic Duckhams colours, with an exciting announcement to come in the coming weeks.
“Qualifying was quite difficult. It's so close, it was 0.020s to P2, so Robert [de Haan] had a little bit of an advantage, but we got caught up with the red flag on our final run. The first race was really good as I got a brilliant start and nearly took the lead, but then had to bail out. I was in second and then I got hit very hard on lap one and sent across the grass, ripping the splitter off. I got hit again into the hairpin on lap three, which put me back to third, but after that, without the splitter the pace seemed quite good, so I finished P2 which was a good result.
“I was so happy to take the win in race two, at our home track with all our friends, family, and sponsors there. It was amazing! The car was on rails, so with the shortened race it was a little frustrating because I knew we had the pace. I saw the clock counting down, and knew I had to get the move completed early. To get it done crack on, and then set the fastest lap of the race was just the icing on the cake.”