Smith back for title bid
Rob Smith has officially confirmed his return to the MINI Challenge JCW for the 2018 season. The 25-year-old mounted a strong bid in the one-make series last season and at the midway point of the campaign he was well on course, vying for the MINI Challenge points lead. While securing two race victories, six other podiums and three pole positions in qualifying, Smith’s bid went awry during the second half of the season – largely as a result of incidents not of his making, with four non-finishes attributed to errors by other competitors. Ultimately, he was an unrepresentative fifth in the championship standings.
Now, with just a week to go until the opening rounds of the 2018 championship over Easter weekend at Smith’s ‘home’ track, Oulton Park International Circuit, he is confirmed his return to the MINI UK VIP Customer Team with his 265bhp MINI JCW.
“We were the only driver and team combination to consistently take the fight to championship winner Brett Smith last year”, said Smith, “But for some unfortunate non-finishes, not of our making, we would have taken the championship down to the last round. That’s the way motorsport works sometimes, but this season I have only one goal in mind – winning the title. My aim is still to enter the BTCC [British Touring Car Championship] in 2019 and winning races in such a strong, competitive and highly regarded championship as MINI Challenge will hopefully attract the sponsors I need to progress.”