Porsche GB Junior Driver Adam Smalley heads to Brands Hatch as joint championship leader after a first-place finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB’s historic 350th race, which opened the 2022 campaign. With sights now set on Brands Hatch, the team have been reviewing data and working hard to maximise learning from the opening rounds of the championship.
After winning at Brands Hatch Indy in Ginetta GT4 Supercup in 2020 and 2021, and in Ginetta Juniors in 2018, Adam is optimistic his podium streak can continue as he takes on the circuit for the first time in Porsche 992 GT3 Cup car.
Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Redline has enjoyed previous success at Brands Hatch, most recently with Dan Cammish claiming a podium finish and fastest lap at the circuit in 2021. The team will be looking to carry this on as the action gets underway on Saturday May 14th with qualifying at 14:35, race one at 10:00 on Sunday, followed by race two at 15:25. Coverage of race two will be shown live on ITV4 with timings available to follow over the course of the weekend.
“I can't wait to get going for the next two rounds of the championship. Donington went well and I’m confident in what the team can do. Winning the first round of the championship was a dream come true, and the pace was strong all weekend, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do at Brands.
I'm still learning each time I get in the car. Qualifying is a different format to what I'm used to so there's a different strategy in that and a different approach to the races with them being 30 minutes long. With Porsche racing, it's about looking after the tyres and thinking about the long game, half an hour doesn’t sound long but the tyre degradation over the race is quite a lot. It's all about managing the car, making minimal mistakes, and piecing it all together to maximise my performance
I’ve done quite well at Brands previously, I won in Ginetta Juniors and in GT4 Supercup I won in both 2020 and 2021. Its a track I really enjoy but its all about tiny margins. Its the shortest circuit we go to so searching for those extra thousandths of a second is crucial.
There is a lot of competition this year so the championship is going to be extremely close, I'm confident in our ability as a team and I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car for Free Practice on Friday."