It was only around ten weeks ago when Stuart and the team decided to build a new race truck to participate in the 2014 truck race championship. Once the decision was made the team got to work on the construction of a type of truck that has not been seen before racing in division one of the championship. Following many days and nights building the new truck Stuart and the team went out to Jarama in Spain to give the new truck a test! Unfortunately the wet weather on the first day did not give Stuart the chance to put the truck through its paces and then early on the second day the engine developed a major internal issue. Following this the engine had to come out of the truck and go to Germany for a re build with only one week to go before the British Championship opened! The engine returned back to the teams workshop in Hexham only one day before the first race meeting held on the 13th 14th April at the world famous Brands Hatch.
Due to the vast amount of untested work that had been done to the truck Stuart and his team were unsure of what the outcome would be out on track. It was on the Saturday morning that Stuart had the opportunity to try the truck with the new engine and truck modifications during a twenty minute practice session on a dry track. Following the session it was clear that the truck was going well with the third fastest lap recorded within a seventeen truck field.
On the Saturday afternoon the first of the five races got under way and inline with the regulations, due to Stuart missing the last two race meetings last year, he had to start the race in fifth place, his 2013 championship finishing position.
As expected Stuart made his trade mark start and made haste to work up the order but unfortunately by mid race the untested truck started to develop teething problems and left Stuart finishing in fifth place. This was to be the story of the weekend in every race apart from race four on Sunday were Stuart found himself starting on the front of the grid and managed to lead the race until in the closing laps of the race when the truck developed a brake cooling system fault, soaring the brake disc temperatures from the norm of around 400 degrees up above 1,450 degrees! This relegated Stuart to a forth place finish and this was as good as it was to be.
In all Stuart and the team are happy with the results and are confident that what they have learnt on their first outing will enable them to quickly get the truck into a condition that will find them challenging for the lead and bringing home numerous podium finishes!
The trucks next outing is to take pole position on the stand of team sponsor KELSA at the Peterbrough Truckfest on 4th &5th May. It will then be action stations again for the second race meeting of the season at Pembrey the home of Welsh motorsport on 17th 18th May.