Pembrey Weekend Review
15th February 2019
THE BRITISH TRUCK RACING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP SERVED UP A BREATHTAKING WEEKEND (OCTOBER 13/14) OF EDGE-OF-THE-SEAT ENTERTAINMENT AT PEMBREY CIRCUIT, AS THE BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY IN BOTH DIVISION 1 AND 2 FURTHER INTENSIFIED.
On what was the second visit to South Wales in 2018, Pembrey marked the penultimate stop on the calendar for the series and it served up a feast of entertainment whilst also battling Storm Callum, which brought with it heavy rain and high winds.
Entering the event as the man to beat in Division 1, reigning champion Ryan Smith had his sights set on taking a significant step closer to clinching his third successive title.
Showcasing his wet weather prowess in qualifying, Smith piloted his MAN TGA to pole position and underlined his championship credentials with a dominant display in the opening race of the weekend, heading David Jenkins and Simon Reid to score victory.
Jenkins would produce his own masterclass in race two as he won by more than 20 seconds ahead of Jamie Anderson and John Newell, whilst Smith languished a lap down.
Despite his struggles, Smith bounced back with his second win of the weekend in the third Division 1 encounter, this time besting Stuart Oliver and Anderson, before Simon Reid brought the curtain down on proceedings with a mesmerising race four performance.
Starting from fifth, Reid scythed his way through the order to beat Anderson and Oliver to the chequered flag and scoring his second win in as many events.
In Division 2, spoils were also shared between three drivers over the course of the weekend as the title pendulum swung back-and-forth.
Last year’s champion Mika Makinen made a triumphant return to the track however his hopes of picking up where he left off in 2017 would not come to fruition. At the wheel of his Mad Croc machine, Makinen would lead races one and two but mechanical issues scuppered his chances of topping the podium.
Instead, series leader Luke Garrett fended off the charging John Bowler to win race one – however that was to be as good as it got for the MAN driver as he struggled from there on.
Having not won since the season-opener at Brands Hatch in March, John Powell made a welcome return to the winners circle as he won a race of attrition in the second encounter before Adam Bint added his name to the winners list in race three.
Enduring his own fair share of bad luck throughout the year, the 2016 champion used all of his experience to produce a defensive masterclass and pilot his Volvo White Aerodyne across the line first.
Powell would round off the weekend in Division 2 with his second win in two days whilst Steve Powell followed him home in second place.
For the full classification of results from all British Truck Racing Association Championship sessions, click here.
The 2018 British Truck Racing Association Championship concludes at Brands Hatch on November 3/4 with champions to be crowned in both Division 1 and Division 2.
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