Rob Smith ended the all-action 2018 MINI Challenge with a deserved podium finish during the final race of the season at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 23rd September, to conclude the championship fourth in the driver standings.
Through a season which has been badly impacted by misfortune on multiple occasions, the Nantwich 26-year-old was pleased to finish the year back on the rostrum and is now striving to secure the commercial support to enable graduation into touring cars for next year.
Multiple MINI Challenge race winner Rob Smith secured his third podium visit in as many race meetings during the sixth event of the season at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 12th August, as the intriguing battle over second place in the championship further intensified.
Forming part of the support package to the visiting DTM touring car series, one of the globe’s most prestigious and high-profile motor racing categories, rounds 11 and 12 of the MINI season proved successful for Nantwich-based Smith with fifth place in race one and third in the second encounter.
Moving within touching distance of 2nd place in the championship standings as a result, the BMTR Tyre Specialists, CarTyreStore and Spark Motorsport Promotions-backed racer departed Oulton Park delighted with his performance and relishing the first of two visits to Brands Hatch just three weeks from now.
Rapid MINI Challenge racer Rob Smith took his long awaited first victory of the 2018 season at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 10th June, and the MINI UK VIP Customer Team driver is now hopeful the success will mark a true watershed moment for his championship bid.
After a season impacted by misfortune thus far, his best finish prior to Silverstone being fourth place, the 25-year-old Nantwich driver put together a fantastic opening to round eight to move into the lead midway around the first lap.
With the Safety Car required at the start of the second tour, and remaining on track for quite some time, the action only resumed with enough time for a late sprint to the flag where Smith made a faultless re-start and claimed the victory by half a second from Ant Whorton-Eales.
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