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 stuck with the squad in 2022, where he collected a number of points across the exciting campaign.
For 2023, we see the Irishman switch to CarStore Power Maxed Racing, where he joins rookie team-mates Andrew Watson and Mikey Doble in the squad’s Vauxhall Astra.
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Date of Birth: 9 November 1989
Place of Birth: Dublin, IRL
Lives in: Dublin, IRL
Team: CarStore Power Maxed Racing
Car: Vauxhall Astra
BTCC Debut: Knockhill, 2011BTCC Races: 249