Smith grabs his chance for victory
LAST weekend saw the big boys of motorsport thunder around the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch for the second round of the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship.
With a host of locally based drivers there was plenty for the crowds to cheer and a packed schedule of support races from pick-ups through to the Caterhams and saloon cars up to the spectacular Legends.
The first big race of the day was the Division Two trucks where Tonbridge resident David Smith clearly hoped to make the most of his dominant qualifying pace.
Smith made a textbook rolling start quickly easing away from Oly Janes and Herne Bay's John Powell. Janes was the only man to get near the pace of the leader, as Smith cruised to a clear victory. Things were not so easy for Powell in third as he came under pressure in the closing laps, but managed to hold his position to the line.
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Disaster almost struck for Matt Summerfield on the way to Division One grid as he nearly lost control of the truck. That didn't stop him from quickly taking the lead from current champion David Jenkins as the pair began to gap the rest of the tightly packed field. With the conditions leading to lots of sideways action, Jenkins finally found a way to the front as Summerfield went very wide at Druids. Eventually Jenkins took the flag less than half a second ahead of Summerfield. Unfortunately local publican, Steven Powell, pulled in after a few laps in his new truck despite efforts to get his late entry ready for the weekend.
The third race combined both divisions and also set the grid for the Grand Final proving to be an event filled outing.
Summerfield got a great start but, as Jenkins came under attack at Druids, a spin red flagged the race. The restart saw Jenkins make a better start, but as the rain came down, Summerfield was the man to beat as he quickly secured a safe lead to leave Jenkins to battle for third despite a late race challenge. Meanwhile, Smith struggled to keep up with a charging Janes until he ended up beached at Paddock to leave the door open for Smith to take ninth overall and first in class.
In the final race Jenkins made a terrible start and once again spun at Druids. This time there was no flag and Summerfield headed the field, but under pressure from the chasing pack. Jenkins managed to get back on track and began a charge through the field. By mid-race Summerfield was clear at the front and took the win with Jenkins finishing fifth.