There was no sign of a famous 90’s Scottish band in Wales – but no-one would disagree that the Pembrey weekend (October 15/16) was Wet, Wet, Wet!
Torrential rain during the penultimate round of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship caught out several competitors with the Welsh circuit resembling a rallycross track at times!
Ryan Smith (MAN) steered clear of trouble – collecting three more victories and a pair of runner-up results to close to within one point of claiming the 2016 BTRA Division One crown.
But Stuart Oliver’s title hopes were dashed as a major crash in the opening race on Sunday – involving his team-mate Shane Brereton – saw his Volvo (AND Shane’s MAN) seriously damaged.
On Saturday Oliver had scored strongly with second and fourth place finishes. But Sunday’s shunt forced him to miss the remaining two races and leaves Smith with a 49-point advantage heading into the final round at Brands Hatch (November 5/6).
An on-form Mat Summerfield took the other two Division One wins of the weekend – but he still trails fellow MAN racer David Jenkins by 6 points in a close fought scrap for third overall in the series.
Good to see Ray Coleman back in the BTRA series – coping well with the adverse conditions and taking five solid finishes in his ex- Thomas MAN.
Bint: 2016 BTRA British Champion (Division 2)
Adam scored two more wins plus one second, one third and a fourth in atrocious conditions art Pembrey to outscore his nearest challenger, John Powell.
That leaves ‘Binty’ with a 51-point advantage – so he can’t be caught even if he failed to score in the remaining five races at Brands Hatch!
On-form Powell was really flying in the wet, taking his Ford to two victories plus a pair of runner-up finishes – with Paul McCumisky piloting his Volvo to the other race win.
McCumisky now lies fourth overall – just 8 points down on John Bowler – who had a mixed weekend. After a good third on Saturday the Foden driver picked up another fourth on Sunday morning before sliding off and crashing heavily at the hairpin in race 4.
That left Brian Burt to pick up his best result of the weekend with a super second in the Volvo White – one spot ahead of Trevor Martin who is still looking for more power from his Scania.
Bradley Smith finally made an appearance with his smart-looking new DAF – but with technical troubles he didn’t get too much track time. Simon Cole was also back in the paddock with his Mercedes – but unfortunately didn’t get it running well enough to contest any of the races.
Everyone now has three weeks to dry out before the next outing.
Hopefully we can expect better conditions for racing (and spectating) when the final round of the 2016 BTRA British Truck Racing Championships take place at Brands Hatch on November 5/6.