An all round Smart performance3rd April 2013
This Easter weekend saw the first race of a new season for the British Touring Car Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. It was also the first race for our client, InterGTM‘s Porsche Carrera Cup team, Samsung Smart Motorsport.
All of the build up and hype boiled down to delivering a blistering performance this weekend. Weeks of testing, excitement, media launches, travel and preparation led to the first race of the season, which was held at legendary British circuit, Brands Hatch.
Our drivers, Michael Meadows and Richard Kent, knew exactly what was was expected of them, and with a strong, experienced team behind them, they went into the weekend confident and focused.
The qualifying round brought Michael into 2nd on the grid for race day 1, with Richard a little further back in 6th. The cold weather didn’t distract the drivers, and they both put in impressive displays which found Michael finishing 2nd and Richard finishing 6th. On race day 2, Michael started from pole position, with Richard again starting from 6th. The second race had more drama than the first, with Michael taking an unfortunate spin off the track. While trying to overtake on the outside of a corner, Michael received a rather controversial nudge from another driver, which sent him wide on the grass, resulting in a spin across the track and hitting a tyre wall backwards. Fortunately, the car was still able to drive, and Michael was able to put in some of the fastest lap times of the weekend, but only able to play catch up and finish 9th. Richard put in a consistant drive and secured a comfortable 5th place finish.
Across the two days of racing, Michael currently sits in 3rd in the driver championship, with Richard just behind in 4th, while Samsung Smart Motorsport sit comfortably in 2nd in the team championship.
From my point of view, visiting Brands Hatch was a fantastic experience! As I’ve been involved in this job since day one, it’s was great to finally see our graphics in a racing environment. Seeing the transporter garage, fully liveried cars, team uniform, all in application was incredibly rewarding.
As this was also my first time at a race weekend, I was unsure what to expect. The Brands Hatch environment was very exciting, despite the cold weather, and the race events were action packed and thrilling!
A great weekend in all, and I look forward to the second race weekend, Donington Park on the 19th-21st of April.