Bradley Smith might race NASCAR in future

NASCAR debut — for Bradley Smith in the VGJL Toyota Camry

NASCAR debut — for Bradley Smith in the VGJL Toyota Camry

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BRADLEY Smith has not ruled out a further appearance in the NASCAR Euro Series following his debut at Brands Hatch.

Smith was invited to drive in the stock car series by its sponsors, Whelen, after impressing in the Rolex 24 race at Daytona in January.

The Billericay driver saw his first race ended when he was shunted off the Kent track but finished eighth in the second race on Sunday.

“It was a valuable experience and I am grateful to Whelen, Woodway Engineering, Joe Lax and Victor Gonzalez for giving me the chance,” said Smith.

“If I got the chance to drive in it again I wouldn’t do the Elite 2 for sure, but I would consider Elite 1 category.

“We showed some pace and got a result in the end, but the driving standards were totally different to what we are used to in the UK.”

The Mectech Motorsport driver was placed in the new VGJL Motorsports team run jointly by Elite 1 driver Victor Gonzalez and crew chief Joe Lax.

Despite not seeing the Toyota Camry until Friday afternoon, Smith qualified sixth in the wet for Saturday’s first race.

He got up to sixth on the first lap and was challenging for second when the race leader closed the door at Druids. Smith was then rammed from behind going through Clearways.

Smith, the only British driver in the race, dropped down the field and then saw his race ended when he was spun at Druids and then clipped by other cars.

The 23-year-old dropped a place to 17th in Sunday’s second race at Brands’ American Speedfest but then climbed his way through the field on the short Indy Circuit.

He got up to eighth by the end of the race to finish 26.844 seconds behind French pole sitter Wilfried Boucenna, who won Saturday’s race too.

“Obviously it was lot different to the Radical sports cars I have been used to and there’s a lot to learn to be competitive, like the gearshift and clutch,” Smith added.

“It was an opportunity to do something new and I will take away the positives from it.”


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