No break­away series after trucks dis­pute

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Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mat Sum­mer­field says changes to the man­age­ment of the Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship have left some driv­ers feel­ing their views aren’t rep­re­sented.

Truck Sport UK, formed by com­peti­tors Stu­art Oliver, Steven Thomas and Steven Pow­ell, took over the off-cir­cuit man­age­ment of the cham­pi­onship at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son from the BTRA, the body com­pris­ing the ma­jor­ity of the driv­ers.

A di­vide be­tween the two bod­ies has called into ques­tion the fu­ture of the series go­ing for­ward. Driv­ers com­plained to Sum­mer­field and a break­away was con­sid­ered, but after a pos­i­tive meet­ing with the BARC – the club the series is aligned with – the BTRA has de­cided to con­tinue sup­port­ing the series and send any fu­ture com­plaints di­rect to the BARC.

“They [Truck Sport UK] need to lis­ten to us,” said Sum­mer­field. “It’s been men­tioned that ‘even though you may not like changes, it’s for your good that we’re do­ing this’. We’ve got to give them [Truck Sport UK] a chance next year. At the mo­ment we’re deal­ing di­rectly with BARC and tell them any prob­lems.”

He added that hav­ing three key fig­ures from Truck Sport rac­ing in the series was not ideal, but with Thomas not rac­ing next year the sit­u­a­tion should im­prove.

Oliver said Truck Sport UK was try­ing to pre­serve the driv­ers’ role in mak­ing de­ci­sions.

“We know the sport’s moved on,” he said. “For years the BTRC has been run by an as­so­ci­a­tion, which is headed by a com­mit­tee. We’re con­scious of keep­ing con­trol of com­peti­tor costs and of the role of the BTRA, but recog­nise that the cham­pi­onship is steer­ing in a di­rec­tion big­ger than it has been re­cently.”

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