New Look for Smith’s Honda at SMP.

New Look for Smith’s Honda at SMP.

Report by Zak Caban | Photos Courtesy of Dave Oliver Photography.

18142891_10156079492383047_669711508_nThe second round of the Shockwave Signs Production Touring Car Championship will be a massive weekend for Daniel Smith.

The Class D racer, who convincingly won the opening round of the series four weeks ago from Jimmy Vernon, will be on double-duty at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

Not only will he be out to continue his winning ways in the Honda Integra, but he’ll also be looking to extend his championship lead in the Pitcher Partners APRA NSW Series, which makes its first appearance on the CAMS NSW Motor Racing Championships card this weekend.

18142803_10156079497803047_265290278_nIt’s round 3 of the Championships, the second visit to Sydney Motorsport Park, and the only time they’ll run on the 4.5km Brabham Circuit this season, but for the APRA series, it’s the first of two visits to the Western Sydney venue in 2017 – they’ll be back here at the end of May to contest Round 3 on the Gardner GP configuration (3.905km) of Sydney Motorsport Park.

Smith convincingly won the opening round of the Pitcher Partners APRA NSW Series at Wakefield Park in January, claiming a clean sweep ahead of Matt Boylan, and will look to continue his winning run in round two this weekend, but the talking point going into Sydney Motorsport Park is the result from his extraordinary debut in the Shockwave Signs Production Touring Car Championship four weeks ago.

18110532_10156079492083047_1655434354_nSmith, in his Honda Integra, which he was racing for the first time, claimed a convincing victory in Class D, defeating experienced drivers like Jimmy Vernon and Josh Muggleton along the way.

Jimmy Vernon started the season as, not only the class favourite, but also as, the outright championship favourite, but Smith’s performance has seen the form guide re-written ahead of Round 2.

The 20-year old is being supported throughout 2017 by John Boston from Trackschool Trackdays, and the Honda Integra has gone through a complete face-lift ahead of this weekend’s racing.

18155232_10156079491893047_1635574931_nThe red rocket we saw at Wakefield is now Black and Yellow, after the team at Creative Sign Worx weaved their magic, to make the Honda stand out from the rest of the field this weekend.

The paint scheme also reveals the great sponsors Smith has on-board for the Production Touring Car Championship campaign. including Shoalhaven New Image Kitchens and Trackschool.

Smith will be very busy this weekend, with three races in both the Pulsar and the Honda Integra.

Unofficial practice takes place tomorrow, with Qualifying on Saturday morning, ahead of the opening race(s) on Saturday afternoon.

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