Adam Smalley enjoyed two more visits to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB podium at the weekend, as he claimed second and third place finishes to remain on top of the championship standings.
Heading to the high-speed Thruxton in Hampshire, the UK’s fastest circuit, Adam and had to contend not only with the rapid and challenging venue, but also hot sunny weather which bathed the track all three days.
After two free practice sessions on Friday, June 2nd, Adam went into Saturday’s solitary qualifying session optimistic of good results and achieved just that, with him finishing third quickest.
He started the opening contest well on Sunday morning, getting alongside Josh Malin and gaining the position at the complex to take second position. He drove a calm race, making sure Malin had no way past and crossed the line for his fourth podium in five races.
He had another good start to race two, this time from fourth on the partially reversed grid, moving into third and almost gaining second on the opening lap. From there he again drove maturely for the remainder of the 22-lap contest, finishing third and opening up a seven-point lead in the championship standings.
Adam will be back out in just two weeks’ time, as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads to Oulton Park in Cheshire for rounds seven and eight of the season, in front of what is often one of the biggest crowds of the season.
It was a difficult weekend but to come away with two podiums is quite nice. We had a difficult qualifying, as I don't think we quite had the outright pace, but having said that if a bad weekend is a second and a third, I'll definitely take it. A big thank you to everyone at Team Parker Racing, as we still lead the championship which was main focus coming into it, and we just need to keep taking the points. If that was the best we could get today then we'll take that and work harder to come back stronger next time.
“It's very difficult track to overtake around so I knew in race one, despite the pressure I had one me, if I backed him [Josh Malin] up, he couldn't get past me. In the slow stuff I let him get to me and then we went into a high-speed corner he'd pick up the areo wash and fall behind. It was a bit tactical as I tried to save a bit of the tyre as well, but overall, with two podiums I can't complain. We scored plenty of championship points and I'm ready for a very busy few weeks ahead.”