BRITISH TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023 – WEEKEND 1, BRANDS HATCH

BRITISH TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023

Totalkare was at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit, this weekend for the first meeting the British Truck Racing Championships (BTRC) 2023 season. As the official workshop equipment partner for the BTRC, Totalkare was based in the paddock, up close with the drivers and trucks.  In what was an exhilarating curtain-raiser for this year’s season, here’s what unfolded on the track.

RACE 1 – QUALIFICATION

A four vehicle incident made for an exciting race to kick off the 2023 season. Fierce competition between Jock Borthwick, Steven Powell, Bradley Smith and Michael Oliver ended in a collision at Druids, resulting in a red flag stoppage. This allowed Ryan Smith and his Daimler Freightliner to clinch victory closely followed by David Jenkins and Simon Reid in second and third place respectively.

RACE 2 – MORE RED FLAGS

Race number two saw another win for Ryan Smith after the race was cut short by two red flags before half distance. The first was for a dramatic corner at Paddock Hill Bend which ended with Tom O’Rourke in the gravel near Hailwoods Rise after his vehicle suffered a steering fault. The race was then brought to a close shortly after as veteran driver Ricky Collett dropped a piston causing a dramatic flame and subsequent withdrawal from the weekend’s competition.

RACE 3 – A STRONG LEAD

A much smoother race for the first race of Sunday saw a strong start by Stuart Oliver, who maintained an enormous lead throughout, more than three seconds clear of David Jenkins in second at the midpoint. It was also a very close race for the following three trucks as David Jenkins, Ryan Smith and Simon Reid finished in that order after a difficult start for Ryan Smith amongst mid-pack traffic.

RACE  4 – CLOSE COMPETITION

Craig Reid started on pole after a partially reversed starting grid. Simon Reid also made a dramatic start, launching onto the grass in the first lap at Clark Curve, losing front-end body work before temporarily re-joining the race. After chasing down Craig Reid’s IVECO, a close battle ensued between previous champions Stuart Oliver and Ryan Smith, resulting in the second win of the weekend for Oliver, with Reid pushed back into fourth by David Jenkins. Meanwhile, Division Two favourite Adam Bint grew and maintained a significant lead from the start, coming tenth overall.

RACE 5 – THE WEEKEND FINALE

Starting with a dramatic collision on the first corner at Paddock Hill Bend, pack leaders Michael Oliver and Tom O’Rourke skidded onto the gravel and made contact with the tyre wall causing an instant red flag (O’Rourke’s second incident of the weekend). The race ended in a third win for Ryan Smith after being held off by Borthwick for the first half of the race, and a great result for young driver Bradey Smith in third place. Finally, it was a disappointing finish for rival Stuart Oliver in fourth, who was unable to separate from the pack.

Attention now turns to the next meeting at Pembrey circuit near Llanelli on the weekend of 20/21 May 2023 for what is sure to be another action-packed showcase of elite truck racing.