Trucks roar back to Thruxton this weekend

Trucks return to Thruxton this weekend

Trucks return to Thruxton this weekend

First published in Sport

The British Truck Racing Championship thunders into Thruxton this weekend for the third round of its 2014 campaign.

One of the British Automobile Racing Club’s best-loved and most impressive series, the BTRA has enjoyed a fantastic start to the year with action-fuelled outings at Brands Hatch and Pembrey, and now it comes to the fastest circuit in the UK for another weekend of titanic racing action.

With two classes and reversed grids there are guaranteed thrills and spills on both Saturday and Sunday.

In Class One, Chris Levett leads the way by just four points from Mat Summerfield, who is himself only six markers ahead of Steve Thomas. Class Two is every bit as close, with Simon Reid topping the table from Steven Powell and Steve Rothery.

It’s not just the trucks that will thrill the crowds this weekend, however. Having skipped a visit in 2013, the Mini Se7en Racing Club will provide supporting classes, generating variety and contrast to the monster machines at the top of the bill.

The Dunlop Mini Se7en Challenge cars are back and will once again be racing flat-out at record speeds at what is the one-litre pocket rockets’ fastest outing.

As the younger but more powerful siblings of Mini Se7en, 1.3-litre Mini Miglias will likewise be tearing up the tarmac at average lap speeds of over 94mph around the 2.36-mile circuit, and are joined by two other Mini-tastic classes – the Mini Se7en Classic series and the Invitation class.

“It’s always a spectacular sight to see the trucks racing flat-out at Thruxton,” enthused Thruxton group managing director Bill Coombs.

“The championship is in great shape with some really fierce battling in both classes, and after a bumper attendance at Pembrey last time out, we’re expecting to see busy spectator banks this weekend.

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