The British Touring Car Championship visited the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, for the penultimate round of 2022 championship and it was a superb outing for Árón Taylor-Smith with back to back top ten finishes.
Silverstone has always been a happy hunting ground for the Irish ace as he notched up his first ever BTCC podium at the iconic circuit in his debut season. This weekend is always the most popular on the calendar and he was eager to put on a good show for all his guests.
Árón put on an absolute touring car master class in race one. The No.40 Cupra was amongst the fastest cars on track, despite being caught in constant battles with others as he carved his way to through the pack to an incredible 15th position at the finish and more importantly, a return into the championship points.
The progress didn’t stop here, in race two Taylor-Smith continued to put pressure on multiple race winners and break inside the top ten for the first time since Oulton Park. Equally as impressive to his top ten finishes were the lap times that he was delivering as they were amongst the quickest of anyone during the race.
Another incredible start from No.40 in the reverse grid saw Árón immediately jump up the running order as he battled on the chuff on the top six for the opening eight laps. The Irish ace ran as high as seventh at moments before a rather robust move from another driver saw him drop by to a still incredible 10th position.
The day wrapped up as the most successful weekend to date in the Cupra for Taylor-Smith since his return to the BTCC and is the exact reward for all of the hard work both from the team and driver alike. It’s a short two-week turnaround before the season finale at Brands Hatch on October 8th & 9th. The progress hopes to continue at the team’s home track as he continues to develop the Cupra.
Taylor-Smith commented: “I can’t remember leaving a race weekend this happy with a chassis in many years. We have unlocked a huge amount of performance that should put us in a very strong position at Brands Hatch. The GP circuit is a real chassis testing circuit and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve there to finish the season on a high.”
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