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Dean Smith

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Dean Smith (born March 22, 1988 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands) is an British racing driver, who is the incumbent champion of the British Formula Renault Championship.

Career

Formula BMW

After previously competing in karting, Smith was awarded a Formula BMW scholarship in 2004, finishing 15th in the Formula BMW UK championship.

Formula Renault

Smith moved up to the British Formula Renault Championship in 2006, finishing 9th in the overall standings. In 2007, he finished as runner-up to Fortec Motorsport teammate Duncan Tappy. He made the move to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2008 for Fortec, but finished down in 17th place.<ref name="driverdb"/> Smith finished 2008 by scoring two fourth-placed finishes on his British Formula Three debut with Fortec. A lack of funds prevented him from a full F3 campaign in 2009, meaning he moved to the Porsche Carrera Cup. He was then given the opportunity to join British Formula Renault team Manor Competition, and took seven victories on his way to winning the title, despite missing the opening round of the championship at Brands Hatch due to him competing in the supporting Porsche races at the circuit. He also took second place in the final race of the Eurocup season at the brand-new Ciudad del Motor de Aragón circuit in Spain.

In December 2009 he was awarded the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. As part of the prize he will test a McLaren Formula One car.Smith is hoping to compete in the new GP3 Series in 2010, although he has a further option via the Teamcraft Motorsport team in British Formula Three, for whom he has been testing for.

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