Mat Summerfield ran away with the £1000 first prize in the Wabco Grand Final race at the sun-soaked Silverstone Truck Festival event last weekend (August 13/14).
Summerfield – the reigning BTRA Champion – powered his way through the Reverse Grid to take an early lead in the HRVS-backed MAN.
But in this ‘Dash for Cash’ Mat was chased all the way to the chequered flag by Dave Jenkins with just 0.8 seconds splitting the dicing duo after 17 tough laps of the Northamptonshire circuit.
The final podium spot finally fell to Simon Reid in his super-smart new Iveco – after a fierce race-long battle with Michael Oliver (Scania).
In the earlier points-scoring races the silverware was widely spread around the Silverstone paddock:
Five BTRA British Championship races – with five different winners all getting a turn on the top step of the Division One podium.
Points leader Ryan Smith (MAN) took the first win on Saturday – ahead of Stuart Oliver and Steve Thomas.
The ‘Reverse Grid’ Race 2 on Saturday brought a well-deserved win for Shane Brereton (MAN) – closely followed home by Thomas with Oliver in third.
Race 3 on Sunday morning saw a red flag stoppage – but the action soon got underway again – and it was Luke Taylor leading from start to finish – the Rooster Racing Renault successfully fending off the MANs of David Jenkins and Mat Summerfield to give Luke his first-ever win.
Summerfield was on the charge again in race 4 to get to the front – and took the chequered flag 0.3 seconds clear of the chasing Smith. Third spot – after much mechanical mayhem over the past few months – went to Oly Janes, his first trophy of the year in the Freightliner.
In Race 5 there was no stopping Oliver who established an early lead and ran away with the win – with Brereton narrowly fending off Thomas for the runner-up spot.
Ryan Smith – again top scorer of the weekend – now holds a 17-point lead over Oliver in the BTRA Championship standings while Summerfield has drawn level with Jenkins in third overall.
Bint back on top in Division 2
Adam Bint (Volvo White) jumped back to the top of the Division 2 standings – thanks to two wins at Silverstone, plus three further podium placings.
Meanwhile his two chief rivals – John Powell (Ford) and Trevor Martin (Scania) both suffered disastrous mechanical troubles and failed to score a single point between them.
Binty took first blood of the weekend on Saturday morning with a comfortable victory – 23 seconds clear of runner-up Ryan Colson (Foden) with Dutchman Marco Donk (Volvo) in third.
The other visitor from Holland – Frans Smit – was on top form to record three victories with his Scania in the next three races.
In race two he was joined on the podium by Andy Lovenberry (Renault) and Bint.
On Sunday morning Smit headed Bint over the line in race three – but less than a second split the pair at the chequered flag with Lovenberry taking third.
In race 4 the gap between the dicing Smit and Bint was even closer; just 0.393s after 13 laps with Colson coming through for the final podium spot.
Bint got his revenge with another win in race 5 – ahead of the closely-matched Donk and Colson.
Next round of the 2016 BTRA British Truck Racing Championship will take place at Snetterton (Norfolk) on September 10/11.