BTCC LEGEND RETURNS TO RACING
Smith and Polley to take on Mini Se7ens in 2019 championship bid.
Jeff Smith has confirmed plans for a racing return in the Mini Se7en Championship. Former BTCC driver Smith, who was side-lined for over a year with multiple injuries following a huge accident at Croft in 2017, will return to a full season of racing in 2019. He’s joining the Mini Se7en Championship, along with partner Jo Polley, who will move up to the Mini Se7en S-Class following a successful season in the Super Mighty Minis.
Looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for a championship assault, Smith commented: “After doing a couple of guest drives in Minis during the second half of this season people always say to me how does a little classic Mini compare to a BTCC car? But it’s all relative, you have less power but less grip and less brakes, these cars are great fun to drive and the racing is sideways, close and competitive. My aim, of course, is to win the championship, which I will be taking very seriously, but I am really looking forward to just going racing in a more relaxed environment, away from the pressure and stresses of running a top level BTCC team and with a much more sensible budget.”
The couple have both had success in Classic Minis and will be an interesting addition to the Mini Se7en and S-Class grid. Smith took both wins at Oulton Park in the last Super Mighty Mini round and Polley had a win at the opening round at Silverstone and a string of podiums throughout the season. They won the Mini Grand 24hr class together at Spa in 2016 and also hope to compete in some historic endurance mini racing in 2019.
Jeff Smith in the BTCC. Jo Polley, Jeff’s partner, will join him next season.