Pembrey for the Second time
Last weekend the 14th 15th October was the date of the second visit of the British Truck Racing Championship to attend the home of Welsh motorsport at Pembrey Nr Llanelli in South Wales.
When Stuart and his team arrived at the Pembrey circuit on the Friday, the weekend weather was not looking favourable, fortunately by the Saturday morning the rain clouds had moved away and the circuit had dried up, giving Stuart and Michael the opportunity to go out on a dry track to qualify for the first of the four championship truck races, Stuart straight away recorded a lap time to secure a front row spot on the grid in second place. Michael managed also to record a respectable time putting his truck on the ninth spot on the grid for the first race.
The first race of the weekend got underway mid-day on the Saturday in fine style and with plenty of the usual rubbings-racing action, at the chequered flag Stuart had to settle for the third step on the podium, Michael after a hard race crossed the finish line in eighth place.
The second race of the weekend took place mid-morning on the Sunday this time the reverse grid format came into place, Stuart was starting from the second to back row of the grid and Michael from up near the front, as always at Pembrey the first tight right Hatchets Hairpin is a regular spot for incidents, race two was the norm with truck panels flying in all directions, fortunately both Michael and Stuart managed to stay reasonably clear of trouble and progress through the thirteen lap race to the chequered flag. Stuart made his way forward and into fourth place, Michael after a mid-race incident managed to recover and finish the race in ninth place.
By race three at mid-day on the Sunday the crowds had arrived and packed the perimeter of the Welsh circuit. With the reverse grid format Stuart again started from the second back row of the grid, Michael started from near the front, this race also saw plenty rubbing with many of the trucks suffering significant damage, Stuart finished again in third and Michael finished ninth place.
The fourth and final truck race of the weekend got underway following a delay caused due to a serious on track accident in a previous car race. Once the truck race got going and the start lights went out the action immediately started, Michael quickly made progress up into the lead of the race, Stuart was also making quick headway through the pack, unfortunately due to two trucks making heavy contact with each other and then the tyre wall, the red flags came out in lap two bringing the race to an early end, at the time Michael was out front, but the officials deemed that he had been out of position on the race start and dually applied a ten second penalty, relegating him down to seventh place, Stuart within the two laps had made his way forward and was awarded forth place.
The final championship event of the year is to be held at Brands Hatch on 4th 5th November first Stuart and a few of the team have to make the long journey with the team’s two race trucks down to Valencia in Southern Spain, to entertain one of the teams sponsors guests, by giving them high speed passenger rides around the Spanish F1 circuit.