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Aron Taylor-Smith

Biography

The younger brother of former VX Racing BTCC ace Gavin Smith, Árón Smith began his car racing career in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2007, off the back of a three-year stint in karting.

Three seasons yielded a best championship finish of fourth place in 2009, a victory at Donington Park and two further podiums.

A switch to the Clio Cup Italia in 2010 saw Smith snare a brace of triumphs and fourth position in the title chase, before a return to the UK series the following year resulted in a championship challenge and second spot in the final classification.

The Irishman picked up a point during a one-off BTCC appearance for Triple Eight Race Engineering at Knockhill that same season, a precursor to joining the championship full-time in 2012 with Motorbase Performance, clinching his maiden victory in the Brands Hatch finale and winding up inside the top ten in the drivers’ points both that year and the next.

More success followed for Smith in 2014 as he made the switch to a Team BMR Volkswagen CC, with two wins behind the wheel. A further six podiums and 11th in the championship in 2015 acted as a springboard for Árón into a third season in the CC for 2016 with new entrant Team BKR.

Two early season podiums showed promise, then came a hard-earned win at Rockingham, much to the delight of both Aron and his fledgling team. For 2017, Taylor-Smith moved to MG RCIB Insurance Racing, partnering Daniel Lloyd, before taking a break from the series to compete in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, followed by the British GT Championship.

Taylor-Smith made his BTCC return in the all-new Team HARD-backed Cupra Leon for 2021, and is set to stick with the squad this year, driving for Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing.


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Season Results

EventSessionPosition
Donington ParkQualifying22nd
Race 113th
Race 211th
Race 311th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying24th
Race 121st
Race 216th
Race 316th
ThruxtonQualifying20th
Race 118th
Race 219th
Race 313th
Oulton ParkQualifying25th
Race 116th
Race 215th
Race 310th
CroftQualifying24th
Race 1DNF
Race 221st
Race 3DNF
KnockhillQualifying21st
Race 116th
Race 216th
Race 314th
SnettertonQualifying16th
Race 117th
Race 216th
Race 322nd
Thruxton 2Qualifying26th
Race 119th
Race 225th
Race 318th
SilverstoneQualifying23rd
Race 115th
Race 210th
Race 310th
Brands Hatch GPQualifying21st
Race 1DNF
Race 2DNF
Race 320th

Driver Info

Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 9 November 1989
Place of Birth: Dublin, IRL
Lives in: Dublin, IRL
Team: Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing
Car: Cupra Leon

BTCC Debut: Knockhill, 2011

BTCC Races: 237
BTCC Wins: 4
BTCC Podiums: 18
BTCC Poles: 1
BTCC Fastest Laps: 3
BTCC Points: 1043

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