After picking up his and Team BKR‘s second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship podium of the season, Aron Smith says he is not concerned about a potential championship challenge.
The Irishman, who was a late announcement ahead of the 2016 BTCC season, repeated his Brands hatch feat by reaching the podium in the second race of the weekend at Donington Park.
The result moved Smith to within just four points of the championship lead after five races, the Volkswagen CC driver admitting that the early results for the GPRM-specification squad against their RML rivals has been very encouraging.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag after a second podium in just five races, Smith said: “It’s weird – we’re still doing ok. I’m really happy as you could imagine.
“It is a good turn of events to be fair. Two to three weeks before the first event, we didn’t think we’d find ourselves in this position for sure. The boys have worked tirelessly, so it’s nice to see them reap the rewards.”
The impressive start to the season left Smith buoyant about his season ahead, admitting that he was cautious initially about how the Volkswagen CC would perform.
“Don’t get me wrong; before the start of the season I was a bit nervous and apprehensive about what the RML kits were going to do, because people were saying they were going to be a second a lap faster”, he added.
“But, we unlocked a bit of extra performance in the car and we just need to keep chipping away. We’ll keep the consistency going and pick up some good points.
“I’m racing with great guys and they’re all being very fair with me. Everyone came out smiling and it was a good race for all of us.”
Asked on whether his championship position gives him thoughts of a championship tilt, Smith said: “Not at all. All I’m going to do is keep my head down and not get caught up in the hype of it.
“The guys that are working on my car are all my friends, so it makes it so much more enjoyable.”