Posted on Tue 22nd May, 2018 in: Team News
W2R Motorsport driver Adrian Campbell-Smith enjoyed a sensational weekend in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Thruxton in Hampshire this past weekend (19/20 May), taking a pole position and a pair of victories in the AM Class.
The GT5 Challenge visited the fastest circuit in the country on the support bill of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the UK’s premier race series, which meant the championship would race in front of a bumper crowd and enjoy live television coverage on ITV4 on Sunday.
As Campbell-Smith led the charge in the Am class, Brett Ward was joined in the Pro category by a new driver to the team Will Dyrdal, with a great qualifying performance seeing the trio finish up tenth, eleventh and twelfth – Ward leading Dyrdal and Campbell-Smith.
Unfortunately it would prove to be a dramatic start to race one, with an accident for Ward at the complex leading to an immediate retirement, while Dyrdal was the victim of contact at the final chicane which led to a puncture and suspension damage.
With the race red flagged, the team produced an incredible effort to rebuild the front of his car in around six minutes, which ensured he was able to join the race as it restarted, though sadly he would have to retire later in the contest.
Reigning Am Class champion Campbell-Smith meanwhile produced a fantastic display from the class pole position, as he led proceedings from lights-to-flag for the victory and with it an impressive ninth place finish overall.
In front of the live ITV4 television cameras the next day, it would be a repeat performance from the Greenwich-based racer as he dominated the class from start-to-finish to make it four wins for the season so far, which has moved him six points shy of the Am class points lead.
Campbell-Smith said: “It’s been a mega weekend, racing up with the Pros, getting an overall top ten finish and a couple of class wins, in front of the BTCC crowd and live on TV as well! The team did a fantastic job all weekend and I couldn’t ask for anymore from them.”
Dyrdal meanwhile produced a truly sensational drive through the field as he rose from 25th on the grid to a brilliant first ever top five finish in the championship, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, while Ward battled through from 26th to 19th.
WTR Motorsport’s Ben Hyland said: “Overall, we come away from the weekend on a high. We’ve had two wins with Adrian, he was fantastic and he deserves that success. Will has delivered one of the drives of the year on such a fast, ballsy circuit, while Brett showed great progression.
“The team have been exceptional this weekend. We had two cars out of three receive heavy damage in race one, but they worked into the early hours of the morning, gave it everything and it paid off. That’s why we love what we do, our drivers are amazing and the team around them were faultless.”
The Ginetta GT5 Challenge is next in action in three weeks’ time at the ‘home of British motor racing’ Silverstone, as it returns to the support bill of the British GT Championship.
Words by Simon Paice at Next Level Motorsport.