NO “RACE” SUITS REQUIRED

Last weekend 26th November, driver’s, teams, sponsors, families and friends celebrated in grand style the 2016 British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) at the Devere-Staverton Park Hotel, deep in the heart of Northamptonshire. Both class championship winning trucks were set on display outside the main entrance of the venue, setting the scene for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening for all who attended.

With 234 guests in attendance, obviously including the vast majority of the championship participating drivers, who for the evening had exchanged their race suits for what was some very smart attire! The event programme went like clock-work. The all new Truck Sport UK’s BTRC presenter QC and all-round joker leading the evening, starting off with a short 2016 season highlight video, prepared by Truck Sport UK’s TV partner DigitexTV, following this David Taylor said grace, then all the guest were served with a more than satisfactory three course meal.

Following the meal when the coffees were being served the fun began. First with the traditional BTRC raffle, of the prizes kindly donated by teams and sponsors, followed directly by the fast moving “stand-up sit-down” bingo, with a donation of the monies raised going towards the BARC race marshals fund.

Immediately following the bingo, the BTRC presentation ceremony got underway. Ryan Smith receiving the first two trophies, the “Neil Fuller Trophy” for most points scored in the 2016 BTRC and the “Terry Crosland Trophy” for the most points scored by a British driver in the 2016 European Race Truck Championship. “Rookie of the Year” awards were presented to two drivers, Class B driver, John Bowler and Class A driver, Michael Oliver. The “Most Improved” 2016 BTRC driver award was presented to Luke Taylor. The hard fought “Crasher of the Year” award was presented to Stuart Oliver. The “Services to the Sport” award was presented to Cath Collett. The “Mechanic of the year” award was presented to truck 88 mechanic Arron Parkin. The “Ross Garrett Trophy” for the most points scored at Brands Hatch in November was awarded to Ryan Smith.

The main 2016 BTRC awards presentation then followed, in reverse order, Class B driver Paul McCumisky in third place, John Powell runner up and in second place, with the class champion award going to Adam Bint. Class A the awards went to David Jenkins in third place, runner up and second place to Stuart Oliver and the class and overall winner award went to Ryan Smith.

Following the individual awards the championship promotors Truck Sport UK then called all the drivers in attendance to the stage to receive an individual competitor award; this then became for all a great photographic opportunity.

Then the lights were dimed, the music was turned up and the party got quickly underway continuing well into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Editors last words;

To thank all the 2016 BTRC race participants for the great commitment shown throughout the whole race season, as well as to congratulate each and every individual race winner and especially the overall championship winners, a big thank you also to the organisers, promotors and sponsors all who have worked extremely hard in supporting the BTRC throughout the year, by moving without doubt the “British Truck Racing Championship” further in the direction it deserves.

Finally, to wish all a “Happy Christmas” and a very prosperous “New Year” and look forward to see you all again in 2017.

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