Campbell-Smith Takes Win And Second For W2R At Chilly Rockingham
Posted on Mon 30th Apr, 2018 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport driver Adrian Campbell-Smith has enjoyed another successful weekend’s racing in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge Am class, picking up a win, a second and a sixth place across three races over Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the Midlands.
Campbell-Smith’s weekend got off to the best possible start when he clinched class pole position in challenging wet conditions during Saturday morning’s qualifying session, going round the Corby track in a time of 1:46.908 – two tenths faster than his closest challenger in the Am class.
A hectic first lap saw him lose a couple of places, but after regrouping and going on the attack again, Campbell-Smith soon began to climb back up the order. He was third in Am and into the overall top 20 by the end of lap three, then found himself well placed to capitalise on a rival’s mistake to take second by the end of lap six. Keeping up the pressure on the car ahead, the W2R driver snatched the lead on the penultimate lap to take a hard fought and well deserved win.
Sunday morning brought the second of the weekend’s races, which Campbell-Smith would start from pole thanks to his performance on Saturday. Unfortunately, things didn’t go all his way this time around and sixth in class was his only reward after being turned around on the opening lap.
Fired up for the third race at lunchtime on Sunday, Campbell-Smith wasted little time in once again moving into the Am class lead and into the overall top 15 (showing pace to worry to top five drivers across the full 32 car grid).
A determined defensive drive saw him soak up pressure from rival Richard Evans for much of the race, but eventually the latter found a way past. Campbell-Smith nonetheless held on for second to add more silverware to his 2018 haul and bag another healthy dose of points for his Am class championship challenge.
GT5 Am race winner, Adrian Campbell-Smith said; "Mixed emotions from the weekend after the perfect start and a win on Saturday. Our lap times were actually good enough for an overall podium, but we found ourselves out of position thanks to the incident on the opening lap of Race 2 and relaly played catch up from there on in. Once again the car and support was fantastic from W2R and we look forward to some exciting racing at Thruxton along with the BTCC package."
Elsewhere, W2R’s Pro class contender Brett Ward improved steadily through the weekend, recording a 25th-place finish in Saturday’s wet weather encounter, then rising from outside the top 20 to finish 17th on Sunday morning. He capped it off with a very promising 14th overall in the third event, after making up five places at the start of that race. Ward now has the top 10 firmly in his sights when the series next hits the track at Thruxton in a few weeks time.
W2R Motorsport's Ben Hyland said; "Our GT5 results did not reflect our overall pace this weekend, with Adrian quick enough for a hat-trick of class wins. We did however finish on the podium twice, completed all three races with no damage and scored valuable championship points along the way. It was great to see Brett making another a big step as he continues the adjustment from karting to car racing. He still remains very much one to watch for the remainder of the season."