Truck racing returns to Snetterton on Saturday morning when the British Truck Racing Association’s fine selection hit the 300 layout for their sixth encounter of the year. Following on from a thrilling weekend of racing at Donington Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend, all the usual names, with the exception of one, will be racing their track prepared lorries in five rounds of close action.
The big story continues from Castle Donington. Following an altercation on track which continued into and through the paddock, the #29 Foden Alpha of Steve Rothery will not take to the track at Snetterton. Rothery was excluded from the Donington Park results and had his license suspended for 30 days for assaulting Adam Bint in the paddock. The conflict arose after the two came together at the chicane in a close fought fourth race of the weekend.
Still, neither driver was troubling the top flight of division two, with Rothery holding fifth in the title hunt to Bint’s sixth place. The class 2 battle is being fought between the Iveco Stralis of Simon Reid and Ryan Smith’s rare but very rapid Sisu bonneted tractor. The two enter the meeting split in the points table by a scant 6 point margin in favour of the man from Reid Freight, one of the nation’s leading heavy hauliers.
Steve Powell lies third in the title hunt on 161 points, 17 off the lead of the class with his brother Graham Powell statistically still in the running on 147. Steve’s Foden and Graham’s Renault have both proven to be reliable, not to mention quick which means only a fool would count either out for a win in Norfolk.
Class 1 is where the focus will be though and with the top three places covered by just 23 points there is all still to play for. Defending champion Matt Summerfield continues to lead the points table with fifteen points paying races sill on the calendar. The all blue MAN TGX which carried Summerfield to the title in 2013 will struggle against its main challenger though.
Second in the running and separated by just a single point lies Chris Levett’s Renault Trucks Premium/Range D. The MKR run ex-factory European Truck Racing Championship machine is devilishly quick and handles supremely well, (for a five and a half tonne racer). Snetterton’s 300 layout could not be better designed to allow the Renault the chance to overhaul its rival.
With Steve Thomas’ MAN in third place and the popular Scania P1150 of Stuart Oliver in fourth, there is a chance for all. Dave Jenkins, Ricky Collett and Ben Horne all drive MAN TGX racers too which means that despite having no chance at the title, any of the three could strike for a race win. Snetterton relies less on technical ability on the whole than on the brute force of the engine. MAN’s racing unit is arguably the best in the field.
Five races for the trucks will be punctuated by action from the Pickup Trucks, UK National Legends Championship and a host of Caterham Graduates series. Adding the sublime and the ridiculous into the same package, the MSA British Superkart Championship will also take to the track.
Whoever though of putting trucks and karts on the same package?
Once the turbos cool from the racing at Snetterton, the BTRA will turn its attention to Pembrey in Wales before rising to a crescendo of diesel clatter round the natural amphitheatre of Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit in Kent.