Truck contenders gear up for Donington heavyweight event!
The main protagonists in the British Truck Racing Championship are gearing up for the five races at Donington Park this weekend (25-26 July), with local drivers all set to challenge at the front of the world class pack.
Truck racing is one of motorsport’s most unique spectacles, with the largest and heaviest racing machinery to take to the track all season. The first ever UK Truck race was held at Donington in 1984, and since then it has blossomed into one of the country’s premier motorsport events, attracting a big family audience thanks to the close nature of the racing, provided by the 100mph, five tonne machines, and occasional bumping and barging on track!
Just 26 points separate the top five drivers in the series heading into the weekend, and with 50 points available at each weekend, the title fight could look very different on Sunday evening.
The current championship leader is Mat Summerfield, who hails from Burton-on-Trent. Summerfield is the reigning three-time champion, and holds a 14 point advantage at the top of the standings having taken wins at Brands Hatch and Thruxton so far, as well as 14 other podiums.
David Jenkins, from Stone in Staffordshire is next up, having taken six victories so far this year with ten time champion Stuart Oliver, who currently resides in Uttoxeter within close striking distance. With Birmingham racer Steve Thomas in fourth place and Yorkshire man Ricky Collett also counting Donington as a local track, the chances of home success are high!
Five heavy metal truck races will take place this weekend, with two on Saturday and three on Sunday. All but one of the races will include the exciting reverse grid format, meaning the fastest drivers will have to fight their way through from the back of the grid, ensuring drama throughout the field!
Ten-time champion Oliver speaks with intent ahead of the weekend: “There are five races and I want five wins! The championship is extremely competitive, it’s the best it’s ever been, with bigger and better trucks coming in, and with some good new drivers coming through too. The British Truck Racing Championship is as good as any truck racing championship anywhere in the world, if not better.”
Championship leader Summerfield commented: “We’re aiming to finish on the podium in all three races, I’ve been on the podium at pretty much every race this year. Donington is a brilliant track and I certainly know my way around it. We have a 14 point lead in the championship at the moment and we need to keep up the consistency because the championship is very tight!”
Jenkins was a young spectator at the first ever Trucks event in 1984, and said: “I first came here as a little boy in 1984 to watch the first ever UK Truck race, and it certainly put a special place in my heart, so I think that motivates me here.
“The championship fight this year is as fierce as it’s ever been, so I think there’s going to be plenty of action for the spectators. The racing action is frantic, the reverse grid formula turns up some brilliant racing, and unexpected results.”
Aside from the monster-sized action from the Trucks, there is a full support package of races including Pick-up Trucks, the comparatively tiny Legends series, Minis and sportscars from the Britcar MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship. As well as the fierce on track action, there is plenty to keep the family occupied around the venue too, with face painting, simulators, climbing walls, trampolines and more.
Tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Donington Park are available in advance until 5pm on Wednesday 22 July. Tickets are priced at £15 per day or £25 for the full weekend. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the circuit throughout the weekend.