Smalley Wins Ginetta Junior Championship in Dramatic Finale

Ginetta Junior Championship
Brands Hatch GP
September 30, 2018

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Adam Smalley claimed the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship title at Brands Hatch GP, with teammate Louis Foster finishing 2nd in the Championship and claiming the Rookie Championship in the process. Elite Motorsport enjoyed a clean sweep, as they take the Teams Championship as well.

The first race of the day, was incident-packed, points leader Adam Smalley edging closer to the Junior Championship title with his seventh win of the season in the #54 Elite Motorsport G40.  
Behind Smalley, there was an intense fight for the other two podium places, which ended with title contender Louis Foster finishing second, ahead of an opportunistic Patrick Kibble who took the final podium spot.  
Due to incidents out on track, the Safety Car made two appearances. Before its second appearance, the drama up front peaked, when James Hedley, who was second at the time in the #67 Elite Motorsport G40, ran three-wide with Foster and Luke Browning heading into Dingle Dell.  
Hedley ended up losing control of his car, spinning and tagging Browning. This allowed Foster to rise from fourth to second, and Kibble, who was fifth, to snatch third.  
Shortly after, the Safety Car came out again due to an off for the delayed Fin Green and Ethan Hawkey having an off on the GP loop. This neutralised the field until the end of the race, which finished under Safety Car, the pressure off for Smalley in the closing minutes.  
The result meant that the title race would go down to the wire, with Smalley heading into the final race with a 26-point lead over Foster, and a 35-point advantage over Browning.

The third race of the weekend in the afternoon proved to be drama-filled and a worthy finale to the season. Louis Foster took the victory, but it was Adam Smalley who took the title, despite dropping down the field from Pole to fifth during the race.  
Smalley held the lead on the run down to Paddock Hill Bend, but couldn’t quite hold on until the end of the lap. Luke Browning in the #11 Richardson Racing G40 charged from fourth to the lead, his move on Smalley coming at Westfield. That left the door open for Foster to nab second too.  
The Safety Car then made an appearance for an off which left Tom Emson’s #27 Elite G40 stranded in the gravel at Paddock Hill. But before the field had come round to start the next lap, Foster had made a move for the lead, pushing Browning to second.
All the while, Smalley was under pressure to finish high enough up the order to take the title.

Finish lower than eight, and the battle between Foster and Browning would become crucial, finish in the top eight however, and the crown was his.  
Smalley fell to fifth behind James Taylor, and consequently spent the final laps of the race defending hard. With the title on the line though, he didn’t crack under pressure and managed to win seal the championship, as Browning and Foster went at it hammer and tongs for the lead.  
Foster went on to win, with Browning second and Kibble third. For Smalley it was a real cause for celebration, despite finishing off the podium.  

Adam Smalley - 2018 Ginetta Junior Champion “It was pretty horrific! I got passed on the first lap, and then beaten up after that. I knew I had to finish around sixth to take the title comfortably. The goal was to go out and win it, but I did what I needed to to. I couldn’t control the emotion, it was too overwhelming, I’m over the moon. We’ve been unfortunate in races, coming out on top is great.”  

Foster meanwhile, was still extremely pleased with his performance during the year, despite narrowly missing out on the title.  

Louis Foster - 2018 Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion “I’m mega pleased, the title would have been amazing, but I’m in my rookie year and my rivals were not. To come away with all the amazing stats, first person to win three races in a row, then five races in a row, it’s amazing. This year has been amazing, I can’t thank the team, my family, and sponsors enough."

Elite Motorsport claimed a clean sweep of 2018 Ginetta Junior titles, taking the Teams Championship as well in a brilliant season for the team - who only began racing in the championship in 2016.

Attention now turns to the off-season and preparation for the 2019 campaign, where the teams aim is to do it all again!