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Stuart Oliver heads truck qualifying ahead of Brands opener

Friday, March 24 2017

Stuart Oliver topped the Division 1 qualifying session for this weekend's opening rounds of the 2017 British Truck Racing Championship season at Brands Hatch today (Friday). The ten-time champion was over half a second quicker than his closest rival.

Oliver headed the order with his new, bonneted Volvo truck, and was the only man to lap the Indy circuit in under a minute for much of the 15-minute session. He headed fellow multiple champion Mat Summerfield by over six tenths of a second, until Ray Coleman went a tenth quicker with his new MAN truck in the final moments. Then Luke Taylor went second in his new MAN machine, joining Oliver in the sub-one munute bracket.

Behind Summerfield, Shane Brereton was fifth, heading 2011 champion David Jenkins, Oly Janes, Michael Oliver, Frans Smit and reigning champion Ryan Smith.

Division 1 Qualifying
1, Stuart Oliver, Volvo, 59.414s
2, Luke Taylor, MAN, +0.521s
3, Ray Coleman, MAN, +0.851s
4, Mat Summerfield, MAN, +0.935s
5, Shane Brereton, MAN, +1.156s

In Division 2, John Powell headed the early running, before truck racing veteran Paul McCumisky and flying Finn Mika Makinen took over the front of the order. The visiting Sisu of Makinen remained at the top of the order for much of the session.

In the late stages, Tony Smith improved to move up to second place, then on his next lap deposed Makinen to top the session. With time running out, Makinen was unable to improve, however Andrew Lovenbury jumped up to third place.

Division 2 Qualifying
1, Tony Smith, Sisu, 1:04.200
2, Mika Makinen, Sisu, +0.125s
3, Andrew Lovenbury, Renault +0.937s
3, Paul McCumisky, Volvo, +0.981s
4, John Powell, Ford, +1.577s

Tomorrow's opening truck race gets underway at 11.55am. Click here for a full weekend timetable.

The weekend's event also includes a busy programme of supporting races, plus a feast of off-track entertainment for all of the family, including a huge showtruck display, Red Dragon Monster Truck rides, Mini Monster Truck Mania, Team Maximum Lock stunt shows, YoungDrive sessions, go-karting, a big top circus tent, adventure playground, fairground, Diggerland diggers and trade village.

Tickets for Truck Racing at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £15 on Saturday and £25 on Sunday, with discounts for 13-15 year-olds and free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click   here.