Tight battle for the BTRA Division 1 championship honour
At last weekend´s event in Snetterton, the battle for the BTRA Division 1 championship title reached its peak – with Stuart Oliver taking victory in three out of five races and netting a total of 40 points.
The weekend started with two testing sessions on Friday afternoon. The engine & gearbox problems which had hampered Stuart’s progress at Silverstone had been rectified and Stuart managed to achieve two of the fastest lap times in the sessions – thus the stage was set for a successful race weekend.
The opening race on Saturday morning saw Stuart work his way to the front of the field after passing his closest rivals to secure his first victory of the meeting. The second race of the day saw Stuart starting from the back of the grid. After a tough race where Stuart was pushed wide off the racing line he managed to finish the race in 5th position.
Sunday morning saw blue skies and sunshine and an optimistic team for the days racing. Stuart again started at the back of the grid in race 3 but again managed to work his way through the competitive field to cross the line first. Into the 4th race Stuart started well and was soon in 4th place when he was push out hard causing him to drop back 3 places and finally finish the race in 6th position. The 5th race of the day proved to be tricky for all concerned. Stuart started 3rd on the grid and was soon chasing down his team mate Shane who had started on pole. A few laps into the race and one of the Division 2 trucks had a mechanical issue which caused their truck to leak diesel around the circuit. At this point Stuart had taken the lead and was ideally placed to be cautious as he navigated his way round. He brought his Volvo home unscathed to secure his third victory of the weekend.
His teammate Shane Brereton also showed a great performance which included three races finished on 8th position and a 3rd podium place on Sunday morning.
With only two more races meeting to go and 100 possible points yet to win, we are looking forward to some great race action both in Pembrey (10/11 October) and at the Brands Hatch final in November (7/8 November) – especially considering that the current leading trio consisting of Mat Summerfield, Stuart Oliver and Ryan Smith are only separated by just 9 points!