Bradley Smith racing at Silverstone

Posted by the Brentwood Gazette: A dominant win in the second race of the weekend followed a strong third place at Silverstone as Billericay's Bradley Smith continued to stake his claim for the Radical European Masters crown.

Saturday's qualifying had gone well and left the 23-year-old in prime position for the following days' races.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Smith"]I was struggling a bit bedding in brakes in the first session but still second best, then got the time I wanted in the second on a clear track for pole, despite the clutch release bearing going.[/quote]

There was chaos at the first corner in the opening race, bringing out the safety car, with contact from behind damaging the rear diffuser of Smith's car.

Having dropped to fifth he quickly regained fourth after the safety car laps and was one of the first to make his compulsory pit stop. His post-stop progress was fairly rapid and he was into second by the end of lap 15.

Smith dropped back a place but retained a solid third and more importantly finished ahead of title rival Tristan Viidas.

With the Mectech team having restored his SR8 to peak condition, Smith made a sensational start to the second race and by the end of the opening lap and was 1.8 seconds clear.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Smith"]It was a good start and the key thing was to defend from Robbie Kerr at the first corner. I expected him to challenge more, but I had already done enough to break the tow by Hanger Straight.[/quote]

The lead continued to grow rapidly and once again he was first to stop, which briefly handed the lead to Alex Kapadia. On rejoining, his lead remained just as impressive and continued to grow.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Smith"]I had focused on getting the gap at the start but was surprised just how quickly it happened. We had a good stop too and overall it was a good weekend for me and the team.[/quote]

The next rounds of the Championship are on the Belgian Grand Prix circuit at Spa Francorchamps at the beginning of September, before taking in Monza and the season's finale in Catalunya on the first weekend of November.

With the gap between Smith and Viidas narrowing to only 13 points, there's all to play for.

Original article and image by the Brentwood Gazette

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