25/9/2017 0 Comments
Rob Smith concluded a mixed MINI Challenge season with two excellent podium finishes at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 24th September, to climb into the top five in the championship – and work has now already begun on plans for next year.
Boosting his season’s tally to eight podiums for the year, runner-up placings in the final two races of the campaign at the Leicestershire track helped the Evergreen Tyres, GroupTyre and BMTR-backed driver end the season with a great deal of positivity and move up from seventh in the standings into fifth, only 54 points off second place in the championship.
During what has often been a frustrating season for Smith, with issues out of his control derailing a realistic title bid and limiting him to two wins in 2017, the return to the podium in rounds 17 and 18 is an ideal way to go into the winter break.
“After how bad Oulton Park was for us this is what we needed to end the season with, two more podiums”, said the MINI UK VIP Customer Team driver, “If we’d not had the DNFs we’ve had, it would’ve been a two-way shoot-out between me and Brett [Smith] this weekend for the championship. It’s not the way it turned out for us, but I’m happy to be back on the podium.”
21/8/2017 0 Comments
Oulton Park local Rob Smith endured a bitterly frustrating return to his ‘home’ track on Saturday, 19th August, when a luckless multi-car accident in the first of the weekend’s two contests resulted in chassis damage which ultimately ruled him out of the event’s second encounter too.
Dealing a hammer blow to the Evergreen Tyres, Oak Tyres, GroupTyre and BMTR-supported driver’s hopes of ending the season inside the coveted championship top three, Crewe-based Smith now heads into next month’s finale at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit focused on nothing less than ending the year with more wins.
“It was a really frustrating day, with Charlie [Butler-Henderson] and Mark [Wakefield] having DNFs we really could have picked up some good points on them but that’s how it goes”, said a deflated Smith, “We’ll just have to see what we can do at Donington now, try and win and end the season on a high – that’s all we can aim for after this weekend.”