With this being his first year in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Sam Smelt has been steadily improving as each race weekend has passed. Despite not scoring any points so far this year, you sense that he will finally get his chance to grab a good result in the second half of the season.
The AmD with Cobra Exhausts driver enjoyed a strong testing session at Snetterton where he broke into the top ten times on the final afternoon. With the Norfolk circuit coming up this weekend, Sam is confident that this testing pace can be translated into good results and possibly points.
Plus with race three being the BTCC sixtieth anniversary “Diamond Double” event with double points on offer, now would be a better time than any to score your first points in the series.
“This is probably the most positive I’ve felt going into a race weekend so far.” Said Sam,
“I’ve done a lot of laps round Snetterton and had a really good test earlier this month that is leaving me confident about my chances on track.
“The extra track time has really helped and whilst I expected to get closer to the pace during the test, I think I went quicker than I thought I would do and felt I could really push more; particularly on new tyres.
“Hopefully I can carry that pace into the race weekend and I feel this is my best chance yet to score some points, particularly in the longer race which I think will suit me. I can’t wait to get started.”
Team Principal Shaun Hollamby also backs Sam to race well this weekend considering his testing performance.
“Sam’s pace in testing shows that he is now in a position to take his performance to the next level and hopefully he can put points on the board for the first time.”