SMIT STARS WITH THREE TRUCK WINS

The high­light of the Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship was the di­vi­sion two trucks, with six closely fought en­coun­ters.

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Frans Smit was the class of the field tak­ing three wins from five races. He could have claimed a fourth vic­tory had an ECU is­sue not ended his race one duel with Adam Bint pre­ma­turely, al­low­ing Bint to win by an im­pres­sive 23s from Ryan Col­son. Andy Loven­berry had al­tered his tyre pres­sures in a bid to find the op­ti­mum set-up, but was vis­i­bly strug­gling for grip in race one. He ad­mit­ted go­ing from “hero to zero” when he spun from the lead on the exit of Brook­lands and plum­meted down the or­der.

Loven­berry was lead­ing much of the sec­ond race, but a brave dive up the in­side into Luffield by Smit meant the Dutch driver stood on the top step of the podium. Re­demp­tion at least came in the non-points race six for Loven­berry.

Smit fol­lowed up his race two vic­tory with a pair of wins in races three and four, pass­ing cham­pi­onship con­tender Bint in the dy­ing stages of both.

Not to be out­done, in the final race Bint made sev­eral classy moves around the Brook­lands-luffield com­plex to pass first Smit, then Marco Donk and Col­son to win his sec­ond race of the week­end.

Smit was ar­guably the fastest on both days, but his part-cam­paign this year meant it was Bint who was all smiles by Sun­day evening. “We have got to keep con­fi­dent and keep earn­ing the points. It’s re­ally good close rac­ing and that’s what ev­ery­one wants to see,” he re­flected.

In the di­vi­sion one cat­e­gory, Ryan Smith fol­lowed up his quick­est ef­forts in prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing to en­joy a fault­less race one win, cross­ing the line 4.433s ahead of Stu­art Oliver.

The re­versed grid sec­ond race was closer all round with Luke Gar­rett, Simon Reid, reign­ing cham­pion Mat Sum­mer­field and even­tual win­ner Shane Br­ere­ton all trad­ing the lead.

Luke Tay­lor en­joyed a maiden win in a short­ened race three fol­low­ing an early red flag for the stranded Oliver, who had spun at Luffield.

Sum­mer­field held off a charg­ing Smith in race four be­fore Oliver won a quiet fifth race, mak­ing it five win­ners from as many races. Sum­mer­field again won the non-cham­pi­onship fi­nale.

The odds looked stacked against cham­pi­onship leader John Mickel in the UK Na­tional Leg­ends Cars Cham­pi­onship when he was drawn to start at the back of the first race. A three-car spin go­ing into Luffield on the open­ing lap in­volv­ing Mickel added to his woes, but cru­cially he man­aged to keep go­ing.

Af­ter a brief safety car pe­riod the Hor­sham driver fought through the field, reach­ing the podium po­si­tions by half race dis­tance and trad­ing the lead with Robert King for the re­main­der of the race. The re­sult went in favour of King as the pair went three abreast with third-placed Con­nor Mills across the fin­ish.

Mickel held on to the win in the sec­ond heat ahead of Paul Sim­mons and Stephen White­legg. The Satur­day fi­nale re­sumed the bat­tle be­tween Mickel, King and Mills, with the trio cross­ing the line in the same or­der as race one.

King con­tin­ued his storm­ing form with a win in Sun­day’s first heat ahead of Mills. Mickel had been run­ning in third be­fore re­tir­ing with a prop­shaft fail­ure, but bounced back to win races five and six, beat­ing King’s points haul in fourth and third.

For­mer Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship driver Lea Wood claimed two out of three Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship wins as ti­tle leader Fred­die Lee had to work hard to pick up points. Lee rapidly reeled in Paul Jones’ lead in race one and it was soon Lee and Wood con­tend­ing for the win, seem­ingly chang­ing the lead into Brook­lands ev­ery lap. Wood held on to win that duel.

In race two Wood made steady progress from his third row start to grab a lead on lap six that he wouldn’t re­lin­quish. Lee could only man­age eighth af­ter early con­tact with Antony Hawkins.

Wood al­most didn’t make the start of the final race hav­ing still been up on jacks for clutch re­pairs just sec­onds be­fore the green flag lap. It was all about Wood and Michael Smith at the front with the pair teas­ing each other with nu­mer­ous lead changes that fin­ished with a Smith vic­tory.

The first Mighty Mini Cham­pi­onship race was a three-horse bat­tle be­tween Steven Daw­son, Louise Inch and Adrian Tuck­ley, set­tled in favour of Inch in the Su­per Mighty Mini cat­e­gory.

Inch, Tuck­ley, Ian Slack and Steven Daw­son seemed to be mag­net­i­cally at­tached in the sec­ond race such was the close­ness of their fight, but Daw­son held on to take the win.

Sam Tom­lin­son and Stu­art Coombs claimed the Mighty Mini class hon­ours.

Smit was class of the di­vi­sion one truck field

Leg­ends leader Mickel con­tin­ued good form

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