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Sunday at Brands Hatch – a variety of winners in Class A; Mäkinen’s the master of Class B

Brands Hatch - The weather was as splendid on this second day of the opening round of the British Truck Racing Championship as it was the day before, with scattered clouds and the occasional brisk breezes.
The trucks in the higher-performance Class A were first out early this morning for the second of their four races. The start grid was an inversion of the finishing order of the first race yesterday, which meant Stuart Oliver (Volvo) und Ryan Smith (MAN) shared the last row, and Oly Janes (Buggyra Freightliner) was on pole. Having seen their performances yesterday, you’d have expected at least one of the two potential challengers for the title to finish atop the podium, but that was not to be...

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Oliver and Smith take their fight down to the wire - Mäkinen dominates Division 2

Oliver and Smith take their fight down to the wire - Mäkinen dominates Division 2

There wasn’t the slightest hint of the notorious “English weather” on the first day of the first round of the British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch. Quite contrariwise, the sky shone down kindly from a crystal clear sky, and you could actually bask in its warm rays in the paddock. Out on the circuit it was different – the icy winds would chill you to the bone.
Free practice and qualifying yesterday ended in disaster for Ryan Smith, the defending champion in the premier Class A/ Division One. Shortly after he first went out his MAN busted a spring, which caused major damage to the steering gear, pitching the chubby champ off the track, where he had to stay put for an age till his truck could be recovered. The MAN was out of sorts in qualifying as well, allowing Stuart Oliver, his top presumptive title contender, to grab pole for today’s race in his Volvo...

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Truck racing on the Isles to be flagged off

Truck racing on the Isles to be flagged off

The European truck racing season kicks off in Brands Hatch this weekend with the first round of the British championship. Racing on the Isles takes place in two classes, and a whopping 29 pilots have registered for the season-opener. At Brands Hatch the trucks lap the shorter, 1.95km “Indy Circuit”, which means the spectators will have trucks whiz past more often than on any other circuit anywhere...

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