SMITH MAKES IT THREE FROM FIVE

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Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship leader Ryan Smith con­tin­ued his scorch­ing form to win three of five Thrux­ton bat­tles.

The Mans­field driver led race one from pole but, by the Club chi­cane, was hounded by 10-time se­ries cham­pion Stu­art Oliver. A dive up the in­side of the same cor­ner three laps later al­lowed Oliver to put his Volvo into the lead, but fin­ished sec­ond af­ter Smith out­braked him into the chi­cane.

Oliver took the race one dis­ap­point­ment into his stride though, and vaulted him­self up the or­der from 10th to sec­ond in a sin­gle lap in the re­versed sec­ond af­fair, ul­ti­mately win­ning by 0.264s ahead of the ar­guably faster David Jenk­ins.

Oliver went on to prove his racewin­ning nous again in race four with a vic­tory from his sixth-place start.

Steve Pow­ell had pole for the third con­test, but Shane Br­ere­ton got a bet­ter run into Church for the lead. Smith had scythed his way from the back of the pack to reach third by lap three, and an op­por­tunis­tic chance to out­brake Br­ere­ton at Camp­bell and Cobb al­lowed him to win again. Vic­tory from eighth over Mat Sum­mer­field in race five com­pleted an im­pres­sive week­end for the Man TGA driver.

“This truck around Thrux­ton will look af­ter its tyres – that’s what rac­ing is all about, how the truck looks af­ter its tyres,” he said. “It was an un­known quan­tity go­ing into this sea­son, but I knew if I bide my time I can out­brake them into the chi­cane.”

The Kumho BMW bat­tle was a twohorse race be­tween pole­sit­ter James Card and James Mac­in­tyre-ure in the A1 class. A strong exit from Club al­lowed Mac­in­tyre-ure to squeeze past Card for the win, flash­ing his lights fu­ri­ously at back­mark­ers who looked to threaten his lead along the way.

Mac­in­tyre-ure again led Card away from pole in race two, but a power is­sue in the fi­nal chi­cane four laps in gave Card an easy win by more than 28s.

If Mark Arm­strong didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all. Hop­ing to put the over­heat­ing is­sues that plagued him at the re­cent Sil­ver­stone For­mula Ford 1600 round be­hind him, Arm­strong put his Van Diemen RF80 on pole be­fore a sud­den rear wish­bone fail­ure caused him to re­tire from the lead, and left him un­able to race on Sun­day. “I’m not used to the For­mula Ford heartache,” he joked af­ter­wards. That en­abled Nigel Ling­wood to drink the cham­pagne, while Charles Green­wood took a class win be­fore pass­ing the hel­met to dad Jonathan for Sun­day’s race. Ling­wood won the Sun­day sprint from pole with a com­fort­able 2.463s mar­gin over Kevin Mansell. Ian Jeary was the class B vic­tor on track but was ex­cluded for be­ing un­der­weight, hand­ing the win to Kevin How­ell.

A healthy field of 70 Cater­hams raced in three dif­fer­ent groups. Graeme Smith led into the fi­nal lap of the Cater­ham Clas­sic race one, but Peter Tat­ter­sall dived up the in­side of Club, and a small tag be­tween the pair ended up with Tat­ter­sall spin­ning and col­lect­ing Marc Noaro and Colin Jar­dine. Steven Mcmaster avoided the car­nage for the win. It was a cleaner dis­play in race two – Mcmaster sped off the line quicker than pole­sit­ter Smith to con­firm his brace of vic­to­ries.

In the first Cater­ham Su­per and Mega duel, se­ries re­turnee De­clan Dolan and Luke Cooper were dic­ing for the win when they touched, putting them both out of con­tention. Christo­pher Ben­field made the most of a crack­ing start from ninth and stole the top step of the podium.

In a wet race two it was Oliver Gib­son who claimed his first win of the sea­son. “I love the wet con­di­tions and I think that might have helped in the last cou­ple of laps,” he said.

Dylan Stan­ley de­fied the slip­stream­ing con­ven­tions in the sec­ond Cater­ham Sig­max and Sigma race, tak­ing the lead past pole­sit­ter and race one win­ner Lee Bris­tow into Al­lard af­ter get­ting a bet­ter start. From out front Stan­ley built a 7.5s gap over Cedric Bloch and Bris­tow. Scott Lawrence spun out of the exit of Club on the fi­nal tour, which Bloch and Bris­tow nar­rowly avoided to take sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Twelve en­trants lined up for Sun­day’s Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship dou­ble-header, where Carl Board­ley was de­nied vic­tory from pole by David O’re­gan and Lea Wood. Board­ley re­deemed him­self in the sec­ond race with vic­tory over Wood and Mark Wil­lis.

The sun broke through the per­sis­tent clouds just in time for the sin­gle Sports 2000 race. Over the course of 25 min­utes, a host of podium chal­lengers in­clud­ing Paul Martin, Pa­trick Sher­ring­ton and Colin Peach dropped back to leave Michael Gib­bins win­ning by more than 25s from David Houghton.

In the Hyundai Coupe Cup Ian Good­child made it two wins from two with only Wil­liam Tayl­forth able to keep up. Tayl­forth was sec­ond in both.

James Raven’s My­gale won both Na­tional Ford 1600 races, af­ter los­ing out to Niall Mur­ray’s Van Diemen RF99 from both starts. In race one Raven led from lap three with Chase Owen’s Ray se­cur­ing third from Pa­trik Pasma’s My­gale on the same lap. Tom and David Mcarthur’s Van Diemens rounded off the top six.

It was lap three again when Mur­ray sur­ren­dered his race two lead to Raven. But af­ter a safety car in­ter­lude, both Pasma and Owen usurped the for­mer leader af­ter Pasma had ini­tially lost out to Tom Mcarthur too. Mur­ray was fourth.

Nick Gwin­nett’s guest­ing Re­nault Clio beat the Nip­pon Chal­lenge/deutsche Mar­ques Cup reg­u­lars in their first race, af­ter James Jan­icki’s Nis­san Sky­line, Ner­i­jus Zabotka’s Im­preza and Richard Hock­ley’s Honda Civic all re­tired from the lead on con­sec­u­tive laps. James Mum­bray’s BMW M3 fi­nally claimed a dis­tant sec­ond, from Craig Tomkin­son’s Opel Corsa.

Gwin­nett led race two un­til Zabotka and Jan­icki made it through from the back. Zabotka led on lap four but couldn’t stop Jan­icki eas­ing clear a lap later, leav­ing Gwin­nett to keep Mum­bray at bay for third.

The first Cater­ham Academy race was a duel be­tween pole­man Tom John and Peter Spencer. John held the early ad­van­tage, but Spencer squeezed ahead on the fifth lap, while Pete Wal­ters snatched third from Steven Tozer on the last lap.

Jay Mccor­mack and Ben Gil­lias took their duel down to the wire too in the sec­ond race, af­ter a fifth-lap slip from James Beard­well dropped him to fifth. But Beard­well man­aged to re­cover third with a cou­ple of laps to go.

Robert Burkin­shaw’s In­te­gra led Mark Ben­nett’s S2000 and Paul Donkin’s Civic in a pro­ces­sional Honda Vtec Chal­lenge opener, with Ben­nett head­ing Burkin­shaw and Donkin through­out a sim­i­larly unin­spir­ing race two. Mar­tyn Clat­wor­thy and Alan Palmer shared the con­cur­rent 4 Two Cup wins.

Af­ter Dan Clowes re­tired from the lead of the first For­mula Jedi race, An­drew Dunn took the win on the last lap af­ter swap­ping and chang­ing with Paul Butcher. Lee Mor­gan re­tired from the race two lead too, which left Robert Sayell in the clear from Dunn and Butcher.

The Tri­col­ore Tro­phy gave An­drew Mitchell’s Peu­geot 205 GTI a dom­i­nant win­ning dou­ble. He led race one from the Brook Esses on the open­ing lap, af­ter Tony Hunter’s Clio led ini­tially. It took un­til lap three for Mitchell to lead race two at Yent­wood, but in the end the top seven was iden­ti­cal to the first race.

Ja­son Clegg’s Tus­can Speed Six was a dou­ble win­ner in the TVR Chal­lenge, but only af­ter Mike Luck’s Chi­maera va­cated the race one lead with a seized en­gine. Hugh Mar­shall’s Tus­can was sec­ond in both races.

Hav­ing shad­owed Adam Lockwood for six laps, Nathan Harrison made the de­ci­sive move in the first Toy­ota MR2 race as they turned into Pif Paf, leav­ing Daniel Bryant hold­ing off Daniel Farmer for third.

Harrison was never headed in race two, but Bryant had the legs of Lockwood for sec­ond, be­fore Dave Hem­ing­way and Ar­ron Pul­lan de­moted Lockwood fur­ther on the last lap.

Smith (88) held off Oliver Bris­tow landed Sigma vic­tory

Arm­strong led un­til fail­ure

GT man Gor­nall took a vic­tory

Lockwood (r) and Harrison bat­tle in MR2S

Wil­liams leads OSS field at the start and went on to win race one

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