SMITH SUF­FERS SPINS AND WINS IN TRUCK SHOW­DOWN

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It was a mixed week­end for Divi­sion One Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship leader Ryan Smith, who over­cooked it at the start of races one and three, which caused both to be red-flagged.

For­tu­nately for the Mans­field driver he was able to take his orig­i­nal top six places for the restarts of both – much to the cha­grin of some of his ri­vals.

“There’s no need for it, it’s just crazy,” was cham­pi­onship chal­lenger Stu­art Oliver’s as­sess­ment of Smith’s starts.

Nev­er­the­less, Smith cruised home in race one to a fourth con­sec­u­tive win fol­low­ing his dom­i­nant week­end at the Nur­bur­gring, and again with vic­tory in race five. The third race didn’t end as planned when Smith came to­gether with leader Shane Br­ere­ton into Redgate on the last lap, hand­ing a sur­prised David Jenk­ins the win de­spite start­ing from 10th.

Jenk­ins’ vic­tory made up for a tough sec­ond race in which de­bris pierced a hole in his MAN TGX’S ra­di­a­tor, but he lost the race four tri­umph when he spun on the straight just a hand­ful of me­tres from the che­quered flag.

Oliver con­tin­ued to show his tal­ent for re­versed-grid wins in the sec­ond and fourth con­tests, while Mat Sum­mer­field won a non-point-scor­ing fi­nal race.

The Divi­sion Two trucks ran in sep­a­rate races on Satur­day for the first time since the Brands opener in March, be­fore com­bin­ing with the Divi­sion One run­ners on Sun­day.

Trevor Martin took the first two races while ti­tle chal­lengers Adam Bint and Si­mon Cole strug­gled.

“We were hop­ing to be pick­ing up podi­ums so we are re­ally pleased with that,” said Martin, who also fin­ished third twice. “We have had pace but have just been strug­gling with re­li­a­bil­ity all year.”

Cole limped onto the grass in race one when his en­gine failed, putting him out of ac­tion for the re­main­der of the event. Mean­while, Bint’s first four races were ru­ined by four sep­a­rate boost pipe fail­ures – a fault his team rec­ti­fied in time to en­joy the class win in race five.

Ryan Col­son re­cov­ered from brake faults on Satur­day to win the third and sixth races, while An­drew Loven­bury claimed vic­tory in race four on his de­but week­end.

Scot­tish Leg­ends fron­trun­ner John Pater­son proved why he is lauded north of the bor­der with his guest ap­pear­ance in the na­tional se­ries – pick­ing up four wins and a third. He beat team boss John Mickel in the first two races on Satur­day, and would have done so again in race three had a red flag for trou­ble at the back not ended the fi­nal race – just as Mickel pit­ted from the lead with an oil leak. With the re­sults go­ing back to the pre­vi­ous lap, Mickel was de­clared the victor.

On Sun­day Pater­son again beat the boss twice in a pair of closely-fought scraps – even de­fy­ing the slip­stream­ing con­ven­tions in race five to win by an im­pres­sive 5.418 sec­onds. It was too much of a good thing for the pair though – they came to­gether with Con­nor Mills at the start of the last lap, hand­ing 23rd starter David Hunter the fi­nal win.

In the Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, se­ries leader Fred­die Lee nar­rowly de­feated reign­ing champ Michael Smith. Lea Wood had been lead­ing for much of the first race but Smith and Lee man­aged to slip through after a yel­low flag zone at Roberts. A two-lap jos­tle through Redgate and the Craner Curves was set­tled in favour of Lee at the che­quered flag. Wiring is­sues plagued David O’re­gan, third in the cham­pi­onship, forc­ing him to re­tire from race one. Race two was good news for Mark Wil­lis with a com­fort­able vic­tory, while Smith was trou­bled with a loose pipe. Lee could only man­age sev­enth in his strug­gle for grip.

The first Kumho BMW Cham­pi­onship race also fea­tured a messy start into Redgate when Max Wal­ton and Alan Thomp­son came to­gether, but James Card held onto his pole po­si­tion start to ex­tend his lead at the top of the stand­ings.

“We have got the car set up well and it suits most tracks,” he said, some­what omi­nously for the com­pe­ti­tion.

That didn’t phase James Mac­in­tyreUre though. The M3 E46 racer crept past the front two of Card and Roger Laven­der and claimed vic­tory in the sec­ond race, which ended with a red flag after a huge roll for race one Class D victor Guiseppe Cal­lari at Cop­pice.

The week­end’s sin­gle Clas­sic For­mula Ford 1600 Cham­pi­onship race on Satur­day was marred by a clumsy open­ing lap that put paid to the hopes of five cars and even­tu­ally re­sulted in the race fin­ish­ing un­der red flags fol­low­ing an­other clash.

Mike Gard­ner weath­ered the chaos the best to fin­ish first ahead of Adri­ano Medeiros and John Vil­lage.

In the Hyundai Coupe Cup, Alex Curs­ley halted Ian Good­child’s sear­ing sea­son-long per­for­mance by claim­ing a brace of wins.

Good­child was close to Curs­ley all the way through both du­els but had to set­tle for two sec­ond places.

The com­bined truck pack Smith (r) took two wins in the end

Alex Curs­ley was on top in Hyundai Coupe Cup, tak­ing two vic­to­ries

Pater­son (left) beat team boss and Leg­ends bench­mark John Mickel

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