BTRC RETURNS HOME FOR 'CONVOY IN THE PARK'
After three action-packed races at the Nürburgring, the British Truck Racing Championship returns to British shores this weekend [22/23 July] for its showcase event – 'Convoy in the Park' at Donington.
Thousands are expected to pack into the Leicestershire circuit this weekend for a celebration of truck racing, along with extensive off-circuit displays, entertainment and show trucks.
Ryan Smith extended his championship advantage at the legendary GP-Strecke in Germany, claiming a brace of victories in his MAN to move 13 points clear of Mat Summerfield at the top of the Division 1 standings.
Consistent weekends and a podium finish apiece for Shane Brereton and David Jenkins keep them in the hunt for the honours, whilst Stuart Oliver leads the charge against the MAN quartet in his Volvo after scoring a win and a further second place at the Nürburgring as he looks to secure an eleventh championship title.
Oly Janes, Luke Taylor and Terry Gibbon remain locked in a duel for seventh in the standings, with the trio currently separated by a mere seven points behind Ray Coleman. Two non-scores at the last meeting for Gibbon have put him on the back foot, but with a victory to his name at Pembrey the returning MAN ace certainly has the capability to strike back this weekend.
Michael Oliver continued his progression in Germany with a hat-trick of points finishes in the Scania, whilst two strong top five finishes from Simon Reid's IVECO marks him out as one to watch this weekend as he looks to kick-start his season.
Mika Mäkinen banished his recent poor fortune at the Nürburgring in Division 2, taking a hat-trick of podiums including two class victories to eclipse Adam Bint by 15 points in the standings.
Simon Cole, Tony Smith and Paul McCumisky remain locked in a duel for third, with the trio separated by three points in three different makes of truck.
John Bowler and Luke Garrett remain in a similarly close battle for sixth, marked apart by just five points.
Steve Powell will be one to watch this weekend after the former class champion put together his strongest weekend of the season so far in Germany, doubling his points tally and bringing him further into the fight for honours.
With four meetings left to run in this season's British Truck Racing Championship, the season starts to move into it's decisive stages. The competition between the top quintet has been difficult to predict all season, and this weekend is set to be no different.