A message from the new BTRA Chairman – Steve Horne
New Season, New Promoters, New Teams, Trucks & Drivers!
The 2018 British Truck Racing Association Championship kicks off this Easter weekend at Brands Hatch in Kent where the reveal for this season will take place!
20 teams have entered these opening rounds where there are 7 races scheduled and if the teams can prepare their trucks in double quick time possibly 5 Championship scoring rounds with 75 points are up for grabs.
The BTRA have appointed BARC to organise and promote the events going forward which includes a new Championship Coordinator (Glen Horncastle) who has the credentials to make an early impact on improving the look and feel of our popular sport for all involved.
Look out for the fabulous new Mercedes being put together by the Team Hard Cole Truck Sport team as well as the new look MAN from Steve Powell Racing and the all new Iveco Stralis constructed by the Reid family of Stoke on Trent, if it can be readied just in time, which in our world is best if the paint still has the smell as well as the shine to it, then expect it on the grid!
Craig Reid will follow in the footsteps of his father Dave and elder brother Simon making his debut at Brands in an all new Iveco for this family run transport business from Staffs where he is the main truck mechanic for their fleet of vehicles. Tim Wooley drives a 44t truck as an owner driver for a living and at the age of 59 has finally achieved his lifelong ambition to get behind the wheel of a race truck in anger. With a history from Motor cross to Motorcycle Road Racing there should be no fear from this driver in his Tony Smith prepared Iveco!
With a couple of Division 1 drivers progressing on to compete in the FIA European Championships it is good to welcome Jamie Anderson (MAN) into the group who is the Commercial Director of Anderson Commercials in Leicestershire which has operated as a family business for over 30yrs now servicing and maintaining Commercial Vehicles. Outright wins in the British Rally Championships over the last decade have given him the competitive spirit required for modern truck racing, so look out for him making an early impact on the grid. He is joined by Martin Gibson (Scania) from the West Midlands who completes the new driver line up at this one. We are also expecting a new driver from north of the border named Jock Borthwick to join us later in the season in another MAN.
Thanks to all the teams that have been working long hours to get their trucks on the grid for this season opener at Brands. We all now need to draw a line under the events of this winter and work together through 2018 with the aim of making the BTRA Championship the Biggest, Best & Friendliest Formula in UK Racing once again.