LUKE GARRETT SAVOURS DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
15th February 2019
Luke Garrett signed off the 2018 British Truck Racing Association Championship season in style at Brands Hatch this past weekend (November 3/4) as he wrapped up the title in Division 2.
Having been the benchmark driver in the more production-based category throughout a majority of the year, the MAN driver converted his healthy points lead into championship glory at the Kent circuit – becoming a champion in the category for the first time.
Sitting at the top of the standings since the opening round of the season, Garrett entered the weekend locked in a head-to-head duel with Brad Smith for the coveted title as a bumper grid of 17 trucks went wheel-to-wheel.
Garrett’s weekend didn’t get off to the best of starts after he qualified in ninth place on Saturday, ultimately watching on as Smith charged to pole position.
With a sizeable points difference to eat into, Smith did his best to keep the title fight going for as long as possible, doing so by scoring an emphatic win in the opening race of the weekend. Heading Eric Forsstrom and Mika Makinen, Smith prolonged the title battle as Garrett could only manage eighth.
His fortunes would turn in the second race of the weekend as Garrett put himself within touching distance of lighting the championship trophy. Starting eighth, Garrett produced a champions drive as he carved his way through the field to capture victory ahead of the Dutch duo Rody Smit and Willem Breedijk.
Eighth place for Smith was just enough to keep the title fight going however a handful of points for Garrett in the next race would be more than enough to put him out of touch in the overall standings.
The dawn of a new day on Sunday brought with it a bumper crowd and plenty of celebration as the chequered flag flew on the third race of the weekend. Coming close on a number of occasions, Eric Forsstrom became the latest driver to enter the Division 2 winners circle after triumphing in style.
Overhauling Adam Bint in the early stages, Forsstrom made his escape out front but Bint and John Powell kept the Dutchman in their sights. At the wheel of his Sisu RSM, Forsstrom held his nerve to ensure he topped the podium for the first time this year.
Despite finishing fourth and fifth, both Smith and Garrett found themselves excluded from the final result of the weekend, which was more than enough to ensure Garrett was crowned champion.
With the Division 2 title settled, the final race of the day at Brands Hatch served up a feast of entertainment as Garrett ended the year in the same fashion he started it, on the top step of the rostrum.
Making his way to the front of the order, Garrett overcame the resolute defence on John Bowler before setting off into the distance to sign off the season in style. Bowler prevailed in a drag race to the line to pip Steve Powell to second place – a fitting end to a breathtaking season of track action.