Oliver does the dou­ble as five driv­ers stake their claim for the Truck Rac­ing crown

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports -

On a week­end where ad­verse and change­able weather con­di­tions led to dis­rup­tion across Bri­tain, the Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship stormed into Brands Hatch to con­test its open­ing meet­ing of the sea­son in its brand new, 10-race for­mat.

The new or­gan­iser of the se­ries, Truck Sport UK, has di­vided the two classes into sep­a­rate con­tests for this sea­son, where en­tries per­mit, and fears that the re­vised for­mat would lead to a re­duc­tion in the qual­ity of the rac­ing were quickly al­layed for many.

The Class A con­tests fea­tured four dif­fer­ent win­ners, with the driv­ers boast­ing a to­tal of 15 cham­pi­onship ti­tles be­tween them. Af­ter Mat Sum­mer­field claimed the open­ing round, which was red-flagged twice be­fore a lap of rac­ing could be com­pleted, Ryan Smith and 2011 cham­pion David Jenk­ins joined him in tak­ing to the top step of the podium. Stu­art Oliver, who missed out on last year’s ti­tle by a sin­gle point, claimed two race wins to cap a strong start to the cham­pi­onship.

Luke Tay­lor also scored a no­table podium on his first week­end back in the cham­pi­onship with his Re­nault MKR.

Class B was dom­i­nated across the week­end by the Smit fam­ily, with brothers Rody and Frans demon­strat­ing su­pe­rior pace and race­craft as they won four of the five races be­tween them.

Rody won the first two races of the week­end and was promoted to the third af­ter Si­mon Cole was ex­cluded for over­speed­ing.

Frans Smit then won the fourth con­test be­fore the two brothers clashed while fight­ing for vic­tory in the fi­nal race, al­low­ing Cole to come through and claim the hon­ours.

Oliver leads Mat Sum­mer­field and Dave Jenk­ins in Class A

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