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Two Wins On Sunday Seals Winter Series Title For Smalley

19th November 2017 • Stephen Kilbey

Elite Motorsport's Adam Smalley has taken the final Ginetta championship of 2017, the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Winter Series, after two wins on Sunday at Brands Hatch today.

After Douglas Motorsport’s Kiern Jewiss won both Saturday Winter Series races at Brands Hatch, his title rival Adam Smalley in the #54 Elite Motorsport G40 struck back in the third race on Sunday afternoon, taking his first win of the event in dramatic fashion.

Smalley started from pole position after a 1:05.045 in the tricky conditions trackside in the morning’s qualifying session, but his lead didn’t last long, Greg Johnson (in the #7 Elite Motorsport G40) moving from fourth place into the lead on the opening lap of the race, Smalley dropping to third.

The Safety Car was quickly called into action though, after Fin Green had an off at Clearways, neutralising the field. At the restart Johnson dropped down the order and out of contention, creating a two-way duel for the win between Jewiss who inherited the lead and Smalley. 

The pair fought hard for the rest of the race, Jewiss unable to hold on this time, Smalley running nose-to-tail with the Maidstone-born racer, eventually taking the lead on the penultimate lap of the race at the famous Druids hairpin. 

“I had a lockup into Druids, I caught him back up at the end of the race, but it was too late,” explained Jewiss.

After finishing behind Jewiss in both Saturday races, the victory kept his title chances alive heading into the finale.

 “It was a bit of a hectic race,” Smalley added. “I started on pole, it was wet and I got a horrendous start, but in the end I made the most of the opportunity at the end and came out on top. To win this brought me back into the championship. The final race will be a hard one though.”

Finishing on the final step of the podium meanwhile, was Dutchman Ruben Del Sarte, driving in the #55 Douglas Motorsport G40, making it a double podium for the Ginetta customer team.

Greg Johnson crossed the line fourth after a valiant recovery drive which saw him set the fastest lap of the race – a 57.730 – in clear air, ahead of Tom Canning who completed the top five.

The winner of the Rookie Class finished up sixth, Fox Motorsport’s Gordon Mutch gaining nine places during the race after starting the race 15th.

Then, a few hours later, Smalley took his second win in the #54 Elite Motorsport G40, in what turned out to be a disastrous final race of the weekend for title rival Jewiss.

Jewiss, who won both Saturday races to take a healthy championship lead of over 10 points, had a costly spin on the opening lap of the race, dropping him to 14th position, forcing him to fight through the field in an attempt to claim the title.

Jewiss managed to climb back up to sixth place, but it wasn't enough, the Douglas Motorsport driver needing a second place finish to have any chance of taking the spoils.

Up front, during his fight back, Smalley held a steady lead while though chasing him squabbled over the final podium places. In the end Smalley's winning margin was just 0.826, but he was rarely challenged directly by the other runners.

Finishing second on the road was Greg Johnson, avenging his performance from Race 3 earlier in the day, claiming second place silverware after muscling past Race 3 podium sitter Ruben Del Sarte to take second at Paddock Hill Bend five minutes into the race.

The final podium spot was taken by Tom Canning, who had a much better day on Sunday, the youngster also getting past Del Sarte in the #21 G40 before the end of the race.

Del Sarte finished fourth, ahead of Louis Foster, who crossed the line fifth and in turn, won the Rookie Class.