Snetterton BTCC: Aron Smith expects to start despite big crash

British Touring Car racer Aron Smith believes he will be able to start the first race at Snetterton despite crashing heavily in qualifying

Snetterton BTCC: Aron Smith expects to start despite big crash

The Motorbase Ford Focus driver had just gone sixth fastest when he lost the car at Riches and spun across the track, striking the barriers on the inside of the corner.

Smith escaped unharmed, but the red flags flew and there was some doubt the Focus would be ready for the races.

The Irishman told AUTOSPORT the damage was not as severe as first feared.

"The car will be OK, but it will be a late night for the team," he said. "It didn't damage the shell.

"It's the first time it's been really competitive and I put it in the wall! I just made a mistake, touched the grass and fired it into the inside."

Nobody pushed Smith further down the grid after the qualifying session restarted, so he will start sixth. Team-mate Mat Jackson was 13th, 0.4s slower.

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