All set for Donington!
After the thrills (and one major spill !) of the Nurburgring at the start of the month, the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship moves on to Donington (July 22/23) – which promises to be one of the biggest events seen in the UK for many years.
Ryan Smith extended his lead in the 2017 BTRA Championship with three strong performances in Germany (two wins and one fourth) – and as the series returns to home soil he is sitting pretty at the top of the Division One standings with a 13-point advantage over his nearest rival, fellow MAN driver Mat Summerfield.
Mansfield-based Smith regards Donington as his ‘local’ circuit. But then, so does Summerfield from Burton-on-Trent… and in fact nearly half the grid come from the Midlands region, so no-one can really claim a ‘home’ advantage.
Stuart Oliver (who took one wet win in Germany), Shane Brereton, David Jenkins, Oly Janes and Terry Gibbon have all already stood on the top step of the podium this season – and will arrive for this fifth round of the championship with all guns blazing.
Division Two contender Paul McCumisky (currently fourth in the points rankings) doesn’t have a long journey to bring his Volvo to Donington, as he lives just 10 minutes down the road, so he’ll surely be aiming to pick up some trophies at this event.
At Nurburgring Mika Makinen leapfrogged his rival Adam Bint to take a 15-point advantage in the BTRA Division 2 standings, with the Finnish driver splashing his way two victories and one third place. The British drivers didn’t see much of the podium in Germany as Makinen was joined on the podium by the Dutch brothers Frans and Rody Smit. But Steve Powell (ERF) had a good weekend with 4th and 7th places – and finally managed to bring some silverware back to the UK as he scored a strong second place in Race 3.
The other main title chasers all lost ground; Bint (Volvo White), Simon Cole (Mercedes), Paul McCumisky (Volvo) and Tony Smith (Sisu) all suffered one non-finish out in Germany but will hoping to claw back points to challenge the flying Finn at Donington.