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Noth­ing is ever cer­tain in mo­tor­sport, but two likely fac­tors in the penul­ti­mate Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship meet­ing of the sea­son came into play; namely tor­ren­tial rain at Pembrey in the au­tumn and an­other strong per­for­mance from points leader Ryan Smith.

Smith was forced to split the spoils with out­go­ing cham­pion Mat Sum­mer­field three to two over the five races, though it was a heavy im­pact for his main ti­tle ri­val, Stu­art Oliver, that helped Smith all but seal his first ti­tle head­ing to Brands Hatch in three weeks.

Dic­ing with Shane Br­ere­ton into Honda Curve in the third race, both went off with Oliver hit­ting the bar­rier be­hind his team-mate, who came to rest par­tially atop the tyre wall. The dam­age to the lat­ter’s Volvo RH13 proved too ex­ten­sive for any fur­ther par­tic­i­pa­tion in the meet­ing, ef­fec­tively end­ing his hopes of an 11th crown.

For Sum­mer­field, the brace of vic­to­ries was re­fresh­ing after a sea­son fraught with me­chan­i­cal frus­tra­tions. In­deed, the sea­son opener on Easter week­end was the last time the 42-year-old won. In race four he nearly threw a win­ning po­si­tion away in tor­ren­tial con­di­tions, spin­ning his MAN TGX into the Esses. This al­lowed Smith a clean break, though the red flags spared Sum­mer­field’s blushes as he took the win on count­back. Three con­trolled vic­to­ries for Smith mean all he now needs are two points in Kent to be crowned cham­pion.

The Di­vi­son Two con­tests proved marginally more di­verse in their win­ners, with run­away class leader Adam Bint, John Pow­ell and Paul Mc­cumisky shar­ing the hon­ours.

A re­tire­ment for Con­nor Mills in the fi­nal Leg­ends event left John Mickel to take an­other cham­pi­onship ti­tle. Mills fought hard against the ris­ing tide of Mickel’s points ad­van­tage, claim­ing a hat-trick of wins in­clud­ing com­ing out top in a scin­til­lat­ing five-car scrap in the fourth race. Mickel only man­aged a soli­tary win, though with dou­ble points it proved enough to get him over the line.

Lea Wood put in a strong week­end in the Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship to help his slim chances of ti­tle glory. Wood qual­i­fied on pole for race one and con­verted it to vic­tory ahead of Paul Tomp­kins and stand­ings leader Fred­die Lee’s big­gest ri­val, Mark Wil­lis. Wood also claimed the hon­ours in an ex­tremely wet third race, with a sec­ond to Lee in the mid­dle race the only blem­ish on an im­pres­sive day.

Jack Layton wrapped up the MSA Bri­tish Su­perkart Cham­pi­onship with a sixth place fin­ish in the open­ing race on Satur­day, and elected to sit out the re­main­der of the week­end as a re­sult. Jamie O’reilly won that race, but spun at Hatch­etts hair­pin in race two after con­tact with Tom Hat­field. Hav­ing al­ready pulled off a move for the lead around the out­side ear­lier in that race, Gareth James dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings be­fore a loose en­gine sprocket brought his An­der­son/dea kart to a halt at the start of the fi­nal lap, hand­ing Dan Clark a sur­prise vic­tory. The third race was aban­doned due to the ad­verse weather con­di­tions.

Ja­son Davies claimed the WRDA Sports & Saloons Cham­pi­onship with a crush­ing win from pole po­si­tion in his Ford Sierra Cos­worth, com­fort­ably lead­ing home Dave Krayem’s Ginetta G50. He ce­mented his dom­i­nance with an even big­ger mar­gin over Krayem once more in the sec­ond race.

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