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Truck championship contenders prepare for Snetterton scrap

Friday, September 18 2015

The title contenders for this year's British Truck Racing Championship are set for a big battle at Snetterton this weekend (19/20 September), and with just three meetings remaining this season, the championship is set to step up a gear in Norfolk.

Just 12 points covers the top four in the standings, where reigning champion Mat Summerfield heads ten-time champion Stuart Oliver by six points, with Division 1 newcomer Ryan Smith just three adrift and 2011 title-winner David Jenkins a further three in arrears. With Steve Thomas sitting ten points off Jenkins' score, a good weekend for him could see a five-way fight for honours by the end of the event.

"I think this weekend will start to show which way the championship is going to go from here," Jenkins said. "Certainly none of the contenders can afford to lose any significant ground, and I think it's going to be absolutely scintillating whichever way it's going to go. It's great to be back at Snetterton, and I'm sure the racing is going to reward the spectators this weekend."

"It is looking good," agreed Summerfield, who is aiming for a fourth straight title this year. "It's been a tough season so far, but there's still a long way to go. There's 150 points left on the table and we're only seven ahead at the minute. If you have a bad race you could go from being first in the championship to fifth or sixth in one race".

Oliver said: "Everybody that's out there in the championship is a threat within reason. You've got to get your head down and get on with it, as there's not a massive points gap anywhere at the front.

"I love this circuit and coming to this corner of the world. There's a great atmosphere; it's a tidy track, fast and technical, which is what I like, so I'm looking forward to it."

All of the main contenders took part in two half-hour test sessions today (Friday), and in the first there was drama for Division 2 title leader Steven Powell, who suffered engine failure. However, Powell is having a fresh unit delivered to Snetterton, which will enable to him to battle for class wins.

The weekend kicks off with a qualifying session at 9:25am on Saturday, followed by the opening two races at 1:15pm and 5:50pm. There are also races for Legends Cars, Classic Touring Cars, Clubmans and Formula Ford 2000.

Tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Snetterton on 19/20 September are available on the gate for £14 to adults and £8 to 13-15 year-olds on Saturday and £23 to adults and £12 to 13-15 year-olds on Sunday, with free admission for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.