Telford racing driver Rob Smith enjoyed, in his own words, the best outing of his rookie season in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at ultra-fast Thruxton Circuit over the weekend, 17th/18th August, as he and the EXCELR8 Motorsport team made marked progress throughout the event.
While the actual results from Sunday’s three fast-paced encounters weren’t the MG6 racer’s most rewarding in terms of Independents Trophy points, the step forward in pace and performance across each contest left Smith in very positive mood.
CIRCUMSTANCES CONSPIRE AGAINST SMITH AT SNETTERTON AS SECOND HALF OF BTCC SEASON GETS UNDERWAY IN ROBUST FASHION
Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship driver Rob Smith found himself well and truly in the wars during the sixth event of the 2019 season at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 3rd/4th August, after being on the receiving end of overly robust contact in all three races.
Aiming to get the second half of the campaign off to the strongest possible start, instead the Telford racer experienced a hugely frustrating outing where on-track delays and multiple incidents stymied his points-scoring potential.
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.