Exceptional race weekend at Donington for Team Oliver which sees Stuart Oliver take the lead of the British Truck Racing Championship
Last weekend, the second half of the current season started with the 5th round of the British Truck Racing Championship 2015 at Donington Park. For many years Donington has been amongst the largest and most loved truck-racing events on the race calendar, it is also the home race for Team Oliver Racing! More than 200 invited guests and partners witnessed an exceptional performance from the Team Oliver duo of Stuart Oliver and Shane Brereton culminating in Stuart finishing the weekend at the top of the BTRA championship standings with a terrific performance!
Stuart Oliver, the only race driver within the field who has brought home a victory trophy after each of this year’s events, began the race weekend accomplishing the fastest lap in the qualifying session. His team-mate Shane Brereton also achieved a great 5th position – bear in mind that his Scania race truck, number 77 rolled at Nürburgring 3 weeks ago! Getting the truck back to racing standard in such a short time shows the dedication of the team.
On the first race of the day, Stuart Oliver amazed everyone on site! Due to incidents on the first lap, the race had to be restarted three times! – and three times Stuart took the lead position among the Division 1 trucks after just a few corners. After seven laps he had also managed to fight his way through the Division 2 group, which started the race 20 seconds earlier. This saw him cross the finish line first as overall winner. The second race saw the reverse grid position and Stuart started at the back of the grid. Again, he had a great start and set of on the heels of Ryan Smith. Soon they were both making their way through the field of the Division 2 group closely followed by Mat Summerfield, Steve Thomas and Dave Jenkins. Ryan finally won the race with Stuart as runner-up and Mat Summerfield completing the podium.
Heavy rainfall was predicted for Sunday, but Stuart kept cool. At an interview on the Saturday evening he stated: “If it rains, my race truck will fly around the circuit!” In spite of the vast amount of attractions offered to the visitors, with this statement Stuart attracted the attention of many spectators. Their eyes were set on Stuart and his number 7 Kelsa race truck. Unfortunately the third race had to be cancelled completely due to an incident on track between the Division 2 trucks. Although Stuart had to start the two remaining races from the back of the grid the fans were not to be disappointed as Stuart showed just how good the truck set up was as he gave a master class of driving in very wet conditions to secure two further wins. Overall this saw Stuart finish the weekend with three 1st place positions and a second place position but more importantly for Stuart and the team it now sees him take the lead of the Championship. The team as a whole had certainly shown how to promote a calm and professional image which allowed the drivers to do their job and the results showed this.
Shane Brereton also did an excellent job at Donington. For the third time now, he showed a great performance in the Team Oliver race truck – despite piloting a pickup truck at the supporting programme at the same event. In the first race, he left 14 competitors behind him before finishing on position 5. After a difficult 2nd race he had to stick to the 12th position. On Sunday he showed how motivated he is by ranking higher than several more experience competitors in the field by 5th twice in the Division 1 standings.
In just two weeks, the next round will take place in Silverstone!