East Midlands truck racers lead the pack heading to Donington
East Midlands truck racers racer Ryan Smith and David Jenkins are among the men to beat as the British Truck Racing Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend (23-24 July).
The British Truck Racing Championship sees huge five tonne, 1000 horsepower trucks go wheel to wheel with spectacular racing across 10 races throughout the weekend. Despite their size, racing trucks can out drag Porsches to 100 miles-an-hour, and with reverse grids, there is plenty of overtaking to thrill the crowds.
Smith from Mansfield is the current leader of the championship and has taken nine wins already this year at the wheel of a MAN TGA.
Meanwhile, Jenkins from Stone in Staffordshire is currently third in the championship standings, and is sponsored by Derbyshire-based Digraph Transport Supplies, who will have a major presence at the event.
Smith is going all out to extend his championship lead at Donington this weekend, and his truck will sport a new one-off livery in homage to Make a Wish Foundation.
He commented: “Donington is a world famous track, and I’m really looking forward to going out there. I’m sure we’ll see a big crowd, and as it’s my local round, my truck is going to be running in a pink livery to raise awareness for the Make a Wish Foundation. Hopefully it will raise awareness and make a difference for a great cause.
“Previously I’ve had mixed fortunes at Donington, I won five races in a row at Donington in 2014, and in 2015 I took two wins on the Saturday but then on Sunday I was a little more unlucky, and was taken off at the first corner, but fought back a 30 second gap to take second place, so that proves there’s lots of overtaking in truck racing! With a new truck this year, I’m confident we’ll be going even faster.
“The fans at Donington this weekend will have a lot to look forward to. All the races are action packed, especially with the reverse grids, and it’s going to be very competitive.“
Jenkins is also looking forward to his home round, having enjoyed a long history with the circuit.
“We’re really looking forward to racing at Donington and I always go well there. We will have a huge amount of support and are expecting good results” he commented.
“I’ve raced at Donington now for 17 years, it’s the home of truck racing in the UK and it’s a great place to race. I attended the first Truck Race in the UK at Donington in 1984 as a young boy, and it was always my ambition to race there in a truck, and it was a lifetime goal fulfilled when I finally got on the grid and it’s always a privilege to race there.
“Donington is a brilliant place to watch Truck Racing with fantastic viewing areas. At some places, the crowds will be able to see pretty much all the way round the circuit, and with 10 races this weekend, there’s going to be lots of action for them to look out for! I have no doubt that this year’s driver line-up is the best we’ve ever had and it’s more competitive than ever.
“Pretty much anyone could win this weekend, everyone is a rival and I’m going to need eyes in the back of my head. While the guys like Mat Summerfield and Stuart Oliver are always up there, the reverse grid format means that even the guys who may be a little short of the outright pace could still get away and take a win.”
As well as a heaving schedule of races on track, there will be plenty to keep visitors of all ages with a big Fun Zone featuring endless entertainment throughout the weekend. Activities on offer include Go Karting, Climbing Walls, a Splash Zone, a display from the Army, Monster Truck displays and inflatables.
Tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Donington Park this weekend (23-24 July) are available upon arrival at the circuit, priced at £20 per day or £30 for the full two day weekend. For more information click here.