ON TRACK WITH LITTLE AND LARGE AT BRANDS HATCH
The final British Truck Race event of the season took place over the weekend 1st & 2nd November, the weekend comprised of two truck races on the Saturday and three on the Sunday, just to keep all who are involved in the team busy, Stuart had agreed also to race a car in between the truck races and participate in the Legend car championship.
The Brands Hatch event being the last of the season always proves to be very busy for all the team especially this year with Stuart racing a truck and a car along with the large amount of sponsors guests and friends attending.
Most of the Truck and Legend car races were back to back so Stuart had very little time between races to get from the inner car paddock to the outer truck paddock he was very excited throughout the whole weekend and recommended that all race drivers should have a go at racing in two different championships at the same event! “The buzz is fantastic and you have to be very quick to adjust your thinking from a truck to a car and back to a truck”. Remarkably on the track the lap time of the car was only around five seconds a lap faster than that of the truck.
In the truck it was going to be a tall order to improve over the weekend on Stuart’s fourth place championship position but forth place could easily be lost because of this every effort was made by the team to ensure that the truck was in tip top condition to allow the team the best possible chance to finish fourth overall in the championship, a position that was unexpected considering the high level of machinery the competition have along with the unreliability issues early in the season.
In the twenty two truck maximum capacity race grids on the Saturday Stuart managed to finish in fourth and third respectfully, these very good results also stretched out his lead over the fifth place team.
In the two Legend races on the Saturday Stuart was up against it from the start due to him being a none championship entrant his qualifying place of fifteenth within a grid of thirty two cars did not help he still had to start all races from the back row, this made for very interesting times for Stuart on the track and for the spectators Stuart finished in seventeenth and twenty third place respectively.
On Saturday night the whole team, sponsors and friends enjoyed time together with an end of season party in the paddock to celebrate the teams achievements. Stuart obviously had to steer clear of the alcohol but the majority of the rest of the team participated.
Sunday morning the weather had changed significantly from the glorious weather the previous day, unfortunately for the ten’s of thousands of spectators the rain was to stay for the whole day.
Again with maximum starting grid the truck racing was set to bring some very slip sliding racing and this it did throughout the whole day, the track got wetter and slipperier. Stuart in the testing conditions still managed to work up through the pack and finish the last day of the season with two third place and a fourth place finish, safely securing fourth place overall in the 2014 season championship standings.
In the Legend car Stuart again did very well in his two races starting from the back of a thirty two car grid and considering the difficult weather conditions finishing in fifteenth and seventeenth respectfully.
Stuart and his team would like to thank all who have supported them in every way large and small throughout the whole season and trust that everybody involved has enjoyed it as much as the team.
Plans are now well underway for next season, when news is available we will let you know, in the meantime all at Team Oliver Racing hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!