Smalley wins second day in double header
West Pinchbeck-based racer, Ben Smalley, recently impressed in a double header at the Teesside Round of the British Superlite Championship.
Having finished karting as a Junior Rotax Champion at the end of last season, racing this season has unfortunately been at a minimal due to COVID-19 and lockdowns dictating the race calendar.
Prior to lockdown he made his car debut at Wigan where he took a commendable 5th in class but since then hadn’t been out until Teesside.
Instead of the traditional Saturday practice day and Sunday race day format, the Superlite governing body decided to make the weekend a double header.
The Saturday saw him qualify in P3 before a first corner incident left him plum last, but a sterling drive back up the order secured a fourth place finish.
Race two saw him finish in third and despite limping home with a broken clutch for the last two laps in race three he still managed a second place finish.
The combined results were enough to give him third place overall for the day and his first piece of “Superlite” silverware.
However this was very shortly followed by his second piece of silverware of the day when he was unanimously announced as ‘Driver of the Day’.
Sunday went on to be even better for Smalley as after qualifying in P2 just behind last year’s champion, he went on the record victories and fastest laps in both races one and two.
This was then backed up by a second place finish in race three which was enough to give him the overall win and the Top Step of the podium for Race Day two.
The next round of the Championship is at Cadwell Park on Sunday 1st November.