The action-packed Donington round of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship saw three different winners in the first three Division One races.
French ‘guest’ driver Anthony Janiec powered his MAN to an impressive win in the opening race on a damp Saturday… the Frenchman setting a stunning pace in his first-ever UK outing in the Lion Team MAN to finish ahead of David Jenkins.
BTRA Championship leader Ryan Smith took the honours in the second Saturday outing. Mannsfield-based Smith (a real Donington ‘local’) charged to the front of the pack after just two laps…but then had to repeat the process over an hour lalter as the race was red flagged when Luke Taylor had a heavy off in his MAN exiting Redgate corner. On-form Janiec took the runner-up spot. Michael Oliver claimed a worthy third.
The re-run race was a real sprint – only four laps long – but Smith was again the class of the field, powering his MAN to the front and taking the chequered flag.
The opening Sunday race saw a great win for David Jenkins; he chased down early leader Simon Reid and then pressurised the Iveco driver for many laps. Finally Reid ran wide and went through the gravel trap at Redgate…allowing Jenkins through to win, closely followed home by Smith, with Reid finally third.
In Division 2 Mika Makinen won the opening race by a country mile, the Sisu driver finishing 15.8 secs clear of Simon Cole’s (Mercedes) with Steve Powell third.
The Division 2 second race brought a great win for another Sisu driver – Tony Smith surviving in atrociously slippery conditions to win ahead of fellow Kent driver Steve Powell and Luke Garrett (MAN).
Sunday’s first Div.2 outing saw a comfortable win for Cole (Mercedes) – leading home the Sisu pair of Makinen and Tony Smith.