Adam Smalley enjoyed a strong opening weekend (April 22/23) to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign as he claimed pole position and a race two victory.
Showing strong pace through pre-season testing with Team Parker Racing, Adam travelled to Donington Park aiming to carry the form into race conditions.
Adam, the current Porsche GB Junior Driver went quickest in the early running in qualifying before setting an even better time late on to secure his maiden series pole position.
The opening 24-lap race, held on Sunday morning, featured tricky conditions as rain cleared the circuit, with the track wet but slowly drying. Adam started well, fending off the drivers behind, but was unable to hold the lead after mid-race distance. After a late safety car, Adam challenged for the lead but with only a couple of laps remaining, he crossed the finish line in second position.
For the reverse-grid race later that afternoon, Adam started from fourth on the grid. Rain fell with moments before the start of the race making it extremely tricky for all of the drivers. That didn’t faze Adam however, as he launched from fourth on the partially reversed grid to gain three places on the opening lap and into the race lead.
From there he would not look back, driving a consistent race as he maintained the lead from his competitors. He held onto the lead and extended his gap to three and a half seconds to the car behind. After 24 laps, Adam crossed the finish line to take the win.
The focus now switches to rounds three and four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, which take place on the short and exciting Brands Hatch Indy circuit, over the weekend of May 6/7.
“I’m so happy with the opening round of the championship. It was a near perfect weekend taking my maiden Porsche Carrera Cup GB pole position in qualifying and almost two victories. In the first race the track was drying and we were all on wet tyres. I pushed too hard in the opening laps which hurt me in the latter stage of the race. Second place was still a very strong result but I was absolutely over the moon to redeem myself and take the win in race two”.
“Starting fourth in the partial reverse grid race was always going to be tough but the conditions made it extremely tricky. I made a great start, overtook three cars on the first lap and pulled out a near four second lead to win the race. I was just managing the gap and responding to the pace of the cars behind”.
“I’m delighted with how the weekend went and have to say a huge thank you to all of Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Team Parker. The team did a fantastic job and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. We knew we had the pace in testing and it was so nice to see that our pre-season testing and training programme paid off. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel at Brands Hatch”.