Hopes of a happy homecoming to his local track went badly awry for Rob Smith during the latest outing of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Oulton Park on Sunday, 30th June, after a huge, car-wrecking incident in race two of the weekend – beamed live across the UK on ITV4.
Going into the fifth event of his maiden BTCC season aiming to continue progress with the Excelr8 Motorsport team, Telford racer Smith was certainly in the wars with contact in race one impeding a good early ascent up the order and limiting the MG6 driver to 16th in the Independents Trophy.
Worse was to follow in race two when contact from a rival, at the last corner on the final lap, led to a highly dramatic and extremely heavy impact with the barriers on the outside, the momentum from which almost pitching Smith’s car into a full barrel roll.
Excelr8 Motorsport driver Rob Smith added three more Independents Trophy points finishes to his tally at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on Sunday, 16th June, during the latest outing of his maiden season in the prestigious Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Retaining 13th position in the Independents Trophy standings – the highest placed BTCC rookie – on a challenging weekend, which was impacted by intermittent heavy rain, the MG6 racer from Telford in Shropshire also maintained his placing of equal third in the Jack Sears Trophy battle.