Three podiums for championship leader at stormy Snetterton.
Ryan Smith extended his lead at the top of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship standings to 43 points – collecting one win and two third places at the wet and disrupted Snetterton event (September 9/10).
But while Smith was piling up the points two of his main rivals just piled up!
Dave Jenkins and Shane Brereton were unfortunately positioned in just the wrong place when Terry Gibbon spun his MAN early in the third Division One race on Sunday. Both ploughed into the sideways truck and sustained heavy damage – and were then prevented from taking part in the re-run later in the day!
Intermittent heavy rain made the twisty Norfolk circuit very slippery – and Saturday’s Division One action nearly descend into a farce. Two re-starts after first corner incidents saw the race pushed to the end of the programme and when the event was finally run it was over a distance of just three laps!
Ryan Smith made good use of his pole position and collected the honours in that first race – with Shane Brereton and Dave Jenkins closely matched and next home to make it an all-MAN podium. Oliver, Janes and Reid completed the top six.
Race two on Sunday saw Richard Collett blast to a runaway victory – the first trip to the top step of the podium for the popular Yorkshireman in over two years! Simon Reid flew into the lead at the rolling start – but a blown engine seal saw him out after three laps – and that left Ricky in front to take the chequered flag in his LS-engined (Lyndon Special!) MAN some 27 seconds clear of on-form Brereton with Smith a close third.
Stuart Oliver was right behind the MAN trio – the Volvo driver claiming his second fourth of the weekend, just in front of Jenkins.
Race three was aborted after the Gibbon / Jenkins/ Brereton incident – but was finally re-run in a joint race with the Div.2 trucks later in the day.
Mat Summerfield ran away with that one – 20 seconds clear of the chasing pack.
Stuart Oliver did has championship hopes no harm by fiercely fending off Smith to take the runner-up spot. Olly Janes had to settle for 4th (after looking set for a podium earlier) with Collett and Michael Oliver the only surviving runners.
With all the delays earlier in the day it was perhaps no surprise to find the final scheduled race was cancelled with the 18.30 circuit noise curfew looming!
Next BTRA Championship event: Pembrey – October 14/15