Dubliner Gavin Smith was frustrated in his hopes to become Ireland‚Äôs first ever race winner in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship today ‚Äì to the disappointment of his home crowd.
In the BTCC‚Äôs only overseas event ‚Äì Ireland‚Äôs Mondello Park ‚Äì Smith challenged for the lead of the day‚Äôs third race for VX Racing but the country‚Äôs hopes were dashed when the 28-year-old ran wide on the 10th lap. The chasing pack made Smith pay dearly for his mistake, swamping his VX Astra Sport Hatch and forcing him back into fifth.
Independent entrant Mike Jordan (Honda Integra) went on to score his first BTCC victory in that race. The previous two races of the day were both won by defending champion Matt Neal (Honda Integra).
Smith‚Äôs team-mates all struggled at the Dublin circuit, which last year saw VXR win all three rounds.
In the day‚Äôs first race, Smith and his team-mates Fabrizio Giovanardi and Tom Chilton finished in eighth, seventh and sixth places.