Team Redline Racing Score Great Sprint Challenge GB Trophy Haul At Croft
Team Redline Racing enjoyed a fruitful visit to their home circuit Coft this past weekend (25/26 June) with a collection of four podium finishes from the latest double header in the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB.
Former British GT and BTCC driver Sam Smelt joined the Teesside team for a three-car assault in North Yorkshire, but it was regular driver Steve Roberts who headed the team's charge in qualifying with his first pole position of the season. Smelt qualified fifth, with Jason Pelosi second of the Am drivers in the team's third car.
A dramatic opening race on Sunday was looking encouraging for Roberts, who grabbed the early lead of the race. Contact from Harry Foster would cost him dearly at the hairpin however, but a fine recovery charge fired him back onto the tail of Matthew Armstrong who he pressured all the way to the chequered flag.
Second place would be the reward for Roberts, with Smelt finishing his maiden Sprint Challenge GB race in fourth overall. Pelosi meanwhile grabbed the early lead of the AM class, and would never surrender it as he claimed the top spot on the podium in that category.
Race two later that afternoon ended with a remarkably similar end result, as Roberts again gave chase on his way to finishing a strong second, only 0.3s adrift of Armstrong. Smelt finished fourth once more, with Pelosi adding a second win of the day in the Am class on just his second weekend.
Simon Leonard – Managing Director: “It's always nice to come away with a trophy at our home event, so we're delighted to end up with four and almost an overall win. Steve has driven brilliantly all weekend and was very unlucky with the contact in race one but he's improving massively race by race. Sam and Jason have impressed too, and Jason showed how quickly he has learned by taking two Am wins on a good weekend for us."
Team Redline Racing are next in Porsche Sprint Challenge GB action at Oulton Park for two races over a single-day event on 9 July.