Triple Eight Race Engineering with Collins Contractors is pleased to announce that Dublin-based Aron Smith will drive for the team in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, near Dunfermline this coming weekend. He joins regular driver James Nash in our two-car turbocharged Vauxhall line-up.
Smith, 21 is the younger brother of former BTCC driver Gavin Smith who drove for our VX Racing team in 2005 and 2006. He is a structural engineering student and has alongside his studies been competing in the Renault Clio Cup for the past two seasons. Last year he raced in Italy where he finished fourth in the Championship and has this year competed in the UK series. He has won three times already this season, including last time out at Snetterton and is currently second in the Championship standings and its leading graduate.
Aron Smith: "I'm over the moon to be making my BTCC debut with a team with such experience as Triple Eight. I'm certain that they have a very competitive package and I'm equally sure we will work very well together. To get to make my debut at Knockhill makes it even better. The track itself should suit my driving style and now I'm just dying to get out in the car! I know it'll be a steep learning curve but with the help I’ll be getting from the team I'm sure we can get some good results.”
Ian Harrison, Chairman Triple Eight: “Aron is an impressive young driver and we are delighted to have signed him to drive one of our cars at Knockhill. Making a BTCC debut at Knockhill won’t be easy for him, but the Vauxhall chassis is well sorted and should be good around there. I’m sure that once he has settled in to the car he will give a good account of himself.”