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David Jenkins makes it a clean sweep of truck race wins

Sunday, March 27 2011

David Jenkins completed a perfect weekend by clinching a fourth win in today's final championship race. Richard Collett and Cees Zandbergen once again finished on the podium.

The race had to be red flagged after a dramatic start. Pole sitter David Jenkins had a decent get away but second placed Richard Collett was tapped at Paddock Hill Bend by Cees Zandbergen. While he managed to hang on to a big slide, further back, racing newcomer Adam Bint went off, dug in to the gravel and spectacularly rolled his Volvo White. Bint escaped unharmed but proceedings were delayed by 20 minutes.

On the restart Jenkins made a perfect start to head Collett into Paddock Hill. There were no further dramas this time, with Andy Lovenberry passing Luke Taylor to move up to fourth into Druids.

Jenkins was barely troubled through the race, his only moments of slight concern being when Collett setting the fastest lap of the weekend on lap four, but still not being able to get within a second of the leader. The gap was up to over three seconds by the penultimate lap but heavy traffic on the final lap ensured the winning margin was only 1.2 seconds.

"That's as good as it gets" commented an elated Jenkins. "I missed the last fastest lap sadly but thanks to everyone for a brilliant weekend."

Jenkins also revealed he was suffering from technical issues throughout the weekend, making his form even more ominous. "We have been nursing a head gasket problem but we've lived to fight another day!"

With this being the last trucks race of the day it was almost inevitable it would be a more dramatic affair. Marco Donk and Oliver Janes collided at Druids on lap two, with Janes embedding himself in the gravel. Fortunately the Scania driver was able to reverse out to eventually recover to 11th.

Lovenberry continued to run fourth, but had a heavily smoking truck, particularly in the final sector of the circuit. However he was to lose thye position after he was penalized for excessive use of the kerbs and was given a drive through penalty, as was Donk for the same reason.

Local racer Steven Powell took advantage of the various penalties to finish a solid fifth, while David Smith joined Bint on the sidelines after just one lap.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship, Brands Hatch, Championship Race two:

1. David Jenkins* (MAN TGA), 10 laps
2. Richard Collett* (MAN TGA), +1.882s
3. Cees Zandbergen (SCANIA T124), +19.351s
4. Luke Taylor* (Renault Premium), +29.954s
5. Steven Powell (Ford Cargo), +42.139s
6. Andrew Lovenberry (Sisu SL250), +46.480s
7. Brian Burt (Volvo White), +56.414s
8. Trevor Martin (ERF ES8), +1:02.064s
9. Marco Donk (Volvo FM), +1 lap
10. Paul Clark (Volvo FL10), +1 lap

*= Class A competitor

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