Smith and Gar­rett clinch truck ti­tles amid fire­works

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORTS - BRIAN PHILLIPS

BRANDS HATCH BARC NOVEM­BER 34

Cham­pi­onships were up for grabs for heavy­weight trucks, nim­ble Leg­ends and joust­ing Pick­ups at what is one of Brands Hatch’s most pop­u­lar meet­ings – not only be­cause of the rac­ing ac­tion but for Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion’s fire­works dis­play and en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme.

On the track, Ryan Smith wasted no time con­firm­ing his third Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship by dom­i­nat­ing Satur­day’s Di­vi­sion 1 race. The only driver who could have chal­lenged for the ti­tle, David Jenk­ins, fin­ished sec­ond and paid trib­ute to Smith. He was echoed by mul­ti­ple cham­pion Stu­art Oliver, who joined them on the podium and said Smith had raised the com­pet­i­tive bar and it was up to the rest to catch up.

Smith chased from last on a re­versed grid to fin­ish sec­ond on Sun­day morn­ing, a length be­hind Jamie An­der­son. Smith was later handed a 10-sec­ond penalty for be­ing out of po­si­tion at the start, but re­tained his po­si­tion. Jenk­ins and Martin Gib­son were even closer in third and fourth, but all eyes were on Richard Col­lett and Oliver, who com­pleted the fi­nal lap with their trucks locked to­gether be­fore Col­lett was ex­cluded.

Smith’s luck ran out when his MAN had sus­pected clutch fail­ure in race three, help­ing Oliver to only his sec­ond win of 2018. An­der­son was next, with Jenk­ins third af­ter be­ing el­bowed off the road early on.

The truck let Smith down again in the fi­nal, and other in­ci­dents helped for­mer Di­vi­sion 2 cham­pion John Newell to record his first Di­vi­sion 1 win un­der pres­sure from Si­mon Reid.

Luke Gar­rett ar­rived as favourite for the Di­vi­sion 2 crown, but didn’t do quite enough on day one to be sure.

Brad Smith kept the con­test alive by win­ning their first race with

Gar­rett eighth, but a me­te­oric get­away gave Gar­rett race two.

Gar­rett needed a sin­gle point on Sun­day and duly clinched a cham­pi­onship earned in the past by his late fa­ther, although it hap­pened by de­fault when both he and Smith were ex­cluded for yel­low-flag of­fences, mean­ing Smith couldn’t score.

The race was won by Fin­nish cham­pion Erik Forsstrom. Gar­rett won race four.

John Mickel’s fourth Leg­ends na­tional ti­tle was con­firmed with a day to spare with fourth, fifth and sixth-place fin­ishes on Satur­day. Miles Rud­man won the first heat and the fi­nal. A mishap in the sec­ond heat, won by Mar­cus Pett, gave Rud­man a favourable start­ing po­si­tion for the fi­nal.

Rud­man and Pett were again heat win­ners on Sun­day, but the fi­nal went to Will Gib­son in the tight­est of fin­ishes with Sean Smith and cross-chan­nel vis­i­tor Se­bastien Kluyskens. Rud­man was fourth.

An­other cham­pi­onship to be set­tled brought 23 Pick­ups to Brands, and Lea

Wood kept the pres­sure on Scott Bourne in the first of three races. Wood bat­tled with David O’re­gan be­fore win­ning, while Michael Smith, Ge­orge Turic­cki and Bourne con­tested third.

Smith en­joyed his first win of the year in race two, while Bourne se­cured backto-back ti­tles by fin­ish­ing third, right be­hind Wood. All the pres­sure gone,

Bourne drove to an im­pres­sive race-three vic­tory over O’re­gan and Smith. Wood was in­volved in a first-cor­ner in­ci­dent and re­cov­ered to eighth.

Steven Chan­dler achieved his first Ju­nior Sa­loons win in front of what must have been the cat­e­gory’s big­gest au­di­ence of the year on Satur­day in the Win­ter Cup, but crashed be­fore the first cor­ner in race two. This came down to a tense con­test that fell to 2018 cham­pion Lewis Saun­ders af­ter sev­eral changes of lead on the fi­nal lap.

Ne­wall (18) and An­der­son (23) were on win­ners list

Bourne re­tained #1 door­plate

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