Smalley extends championship lead at Brands Hatch

May 7, 2023

May 7, 2023

Adam Smalley remains on top of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB standings after his third podium visit of the season, as the series travelled to Brands Hatch in Kent at the weekend (6 & 7 May). After celebrating a double podium at Donington Park, including a race two victory, Adam was in a positive frame of mind. That carried through into Friday’s free practice sessions which took place in dry conditions but come qualifying on Saturday afternoon however, the weather had turned, and the drivers had to contend with a wet track, negating the learnings from the previous day. That didn’t stop Adam though as he put his iconic yellow and blue Duckhams-liveried Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car third on the grid, just 0.054 off pole position and, agonisingly, 0.001 from second place. Despite this the Lancastrian declared himself happy with his performance.

The weather again changed for race day, with the drivers once greeted by a dry track. Adam had a good start to jump into second place, before James Kellett went off, requiring the Safety Car to be deployed. Once the race resumed, Adam pressured leader Robert De Haan, but with overtaking so difficult on the tight track, settled for second place and championship points. Adam started race two from third once again but lost out to De Haan when he made an ambitious overtaking manoeuvre on the exit of Druids, just millimetres before the Safety Car boards were shown. Unfortunately, from then onwards it was a processional race as Adam held position until the flag. There is now a four week break before resuming the Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign on the weekend of the 3 & 4 June at Thruxton in Hampshire.

“It was a good weekend all in all. We were third in qualifying, although I was frustrated to not get pole because it was so close, but it was pretty decent. In race one we got second which was good, and we've maximised our points. Then in race two, it's so hard around Brands Indy to overtake, as it's so tight and twisty, that if you sit in the middle of the road, you can't get through. That was the story of race two as well, so I'm happy with the result – P2 in the first race and P4 in the second – which means a good haul of points heading into the next meeting.

“I'm out on Tuesday at Silverstone for the Porsche Supercup test, so I'll be up against the big boys there. It will be good fun against those guys, in preparation for the British Grand Prix weekend. It's been a pretty good visit to Brands, so a big thank you to Team Parker and all my sponsors and I’m delighted we leave still top of the championship.”