Aron Smith: “We’ll Be One To Beat Next Year”


Aron Smith was a very satisfied man having clinched a podium finish for BMR Racing in the penultimate round of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, adding that the team appear in great shape with next season switching to the team’s main agenda.

The Irishman consistently held his position within the top 10 all weekend at the Northamptonshire venue, results of sixth and fifth in the opening duo of races backed up by a second place finish in race three of a strong weekend for the Volkswagen team as a whole – all four BMR drivers ending inside the top 10 in the latter.

The race three result was Smith’s third visit to a BTCC podium in 2014 having won the reverse-grid encounters at both Oulton Park and Snetterton, and he praised the Silverstone weekend performance as he enters the final meeting at  Brands Hatch circuit he famously claimed a maiden BTCC win at in 2012.

“I think it was a good weekend all round, three top-sixes is a great weekend”, Smith told The Checkered Flag afterwards.

“To cap it off with some silverware in the last race – it’s the mark of a great weekend. I’m delighted for all of us at BMR, especially to have four cars in the top 10 in that last race.

“It’s nice to return [to Brands Hatch] because it’s where I took my first ever victory in the sport, but it’s hard to say”, Smith continued when quizzed by TCF on BMR’s chances of success at a circuit that he feels may suit the Volkswagen CC.

“I think the car is going to be very strong to be perfectly honest, so I’m going in feeling pretty optimistic that we can challenge the front-runners again.”

The Passat itself has almost completed its second season of BTCC competition, Smith having clinched two maiden victories for the machine in 2014.

Similarly to BMR boss and team-mate, Warren Scott, Irishman Smith remains thoroughly optimistic for what potentially lies ahead for the squad with an extensive testing regime already being put into place.

On the car’s future development, Smith added: “It’s still developing, but I think it’s coming on leaps and bounds at every meeting we go to this season.

“I think that I know the testing plan that we have in place for the winter is going to see us cover some serious miles, and I’m sure we’ll be one of the ones to beat next year.”

Smith enters the final round of 2014 at Brands Hatch GP on 11/12 October lying ninth in the championship standings, one place and three points clear of former double championship-winning team-mate, Alain Menu.