Podium success for Smalley at Brands Hatch

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Adam Smalley enjoyed further podium success in the Porsche Carrera Cup GBat the weekend (14/15 May) when Adam Smalley claimed a third-place finish inrace two despite heavy rain at Brands Hatch.


Using the short 1.2-mile Indy circuit configuration, Adam started Friday’s Free Practice sessions under clear skies. He set the pace with the quickest time in both sessions, feeling optimistic of holding onto the top spot in Saturday’s qualifying session. Unfortunately, Will Martin had other ideas, claiming pole position by just 0.020s over Adam.

The weather threw a curveball for the drivers on Sunday with light rain falling as the cars left the grid for the formation lap ahead of race one. Losing a place off the start on the tricky, sloped Brands Hatch grid, Adam held onto third place for the majority of race until the rain intensified and, catching him unawares, he spun on lap 19 of the scheduled 34, dropping to16th place. With half a dozen cars also heading off the circuit, the race was red flagged to allow the cars to change onto wet tyres. Adam battled his way through the field to finish eighth at the flag.

After the changeable conditions earlier in the day, the track was fully wet for race two. Starting from 8thth on the grid, Adam drove well to make his way into second position and started to close the gap to leader Kiern Jewiss, before the Safety Car was called, closing the field up. On the restart, he had to try to find a way past the leader but came under pressure from Martin, ultimately crossing the line third for a hard-earned podium finish. He now sits third in the championship standings, just two points off the top spot with four of the 16 scheduled races complete.

The Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Redline Racing team will now enjoy a four week break before battle resumes at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the weekend of June 11/12, for rounds five and six of the 2022 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship.

“I had a really good Friday and Saturday. I was quickest in both practice sessions but it's so tight around Brands Indy that I was second in qualifying by just two hundredths, but the car felt good. That is about the blink of an eye, so I was confident in what we could do going into the races.

In race one I got boxed in a little bit at the start and dropped down to third. I was pushing to try and catch the leaders and the rain was coming down, we were on slicks, and I just misjudged it going in Graham Hill Bend. I caught the entry kerb, which sent me spinning, so I've only myself to blame for that one. I'm sorry to everyone at Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Redline as it could have been a solid result. I dropped back to 18th overall and came back to ninth, which wasn't the result we wanted but at least we got a point.

I think I redeemed myself a little bit in the race two. I started eighth and the first lap was tough as it was so hard to see anything in the rain, and just managed to muscle my way through the grid. I got up to second, which was great, but the Safety Car restart was tough and I dropped back to third. Nevertheless, it was a good result and we finished off the weekend on the podium”