Bradley Smith feels he is edging ever closer to podium finishes in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup after a positive weekend of running at Thruxton.
After a late deal to enter the championship with his family Mectech Motorsport outfit, the multiple Radical champion has been playing catch up against the front-runners in the series who had the benefit of a pre-season of testing.
Mechanical issues hampered his progress in the opening two meetings, but with those seemingly behind him Smith was able to enjoy by far his best weekend of the season so far in Hampshire.
Smith picked up two fifth places and a seventh as he finished all three races in a weekend for the first time this year, and feels his previous experience driving a Radical SR8 at high-speed circuits aided his progress.
“I was comfortable with the car moving around in the high speed corners which was an advantage,” said Smith, who picked up the fourth highest points tally from the weekend.
“I think if we had a test day there before we could have tweaked the car a bit more and found a better balance from the car in the slower corners. But a great result for the team and hopefully we can continue to build momentum and get on the podium very soon.”
Smith is hoping to get a test day in at Snetterton before the next rounds at Oulton Park on 6/7 June, and believes the opportunity to run through a testing plan to understand his Ginetta G55 more could be key to closing the gap to the current series front-runners.
“Just one or two test days are very valuable for us, we learn very fast and know how to gather and make the most of the data,” he added.
“This is something we had to do for the Radical on our way to the European title, so there is no reason we cannot do this for the Ginetta. If you compare us to the other drivers new to the series we have increased a bit of a gap to them, but we want to be challenging for the win and I see no reason why we can’t soon, this is a long championship.”