FOUR OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE TRIPS TO THE PODIUM AT PEMBREY
Last weekend 4th & 5th October Stuart and his team ventured to the home of Welsh motorsport at the Pembrey race circuit in deepest South West Wales to participate in the five races of the penultimate round of the British Truck Race Championship.
The weather forecasters predicted on Friday that for Saturday morning there would be rain then it would clear out and stay dry for the weekend, true enough early on Saturday morning the heavens opened fortunately by the time of the morning free practice session the rain had stopped but the track was still wet. The team made the necessary changes to the truck to accommodate the wet track. Stuart went out and managed only to complete one fast lap before a truck with a split fuel line laid diesel all around the track, unfortunately this then gave no opportunity for Stuart to improve his time of being the third fastest overall.
By the time of the first race on the Saturday afternoon the sun was out and the track was dry. Stuart was starting in the middle of the pack and with all the race starts at Pembrey they are always entertaining for the crowd mainly due to the first right turn at the end of a long high speed start finish straight, a tight double back turn this can be make or break for the drivers fortunately Stuart had a very good start and stayed clear of trouble, apart from a few early race tussles he managed lap by lap to work up into third place by the chequered flag.
Race two on the Saturday Stuart was starting on the second to back row of the grid again this was going to be a challenge for Stuart to work through the field as well as stay out of trouble on the notorious first corner, again Stuart had a good start and again he was soon starting to work through the pack when on lap three as he braked from 100mph to enter the fast right turn onto the start finish straight one of the front axle drop ropes that control the travel of the suspension broke consequently sending Stuart sliding sideways off onto the grass, not to be put off he managed to rejoin the race and to make up places throughout the remainder of the race to reach the chequered flag in fifth place.
The third race of the weekend was held at mid-day on Sunday because of Stuart’s misfortune in the previous race he was to start in the middle of the grid, on the start Stuart made as expected another good start and immediately was on a mission to get into the lead after half a lap he was at the front unfortunately because of a first corner collision the red flags came out and the race was stopped. On the re start Stuart was not as lucky, he made another good start but a driver behind jumped the start and at the start of the second lap Stuart attempted an overtake manoeuvre on the same truck that was blocked causing both trucks to tangle and both to loose position infact to leave Stuart second to last, from this position Stuart fought hard to gain ground but again he had to settle for another third place finish.
Race four with Stuart again on the second to last row of the grid he was determined to make early progress this time the race started without incident and Stuart made his way up the leader board but after some hard challenges Stuart again had to settle for another third place finish.
For the fifth and final race of the weekend Stuart was very determined to better his three third place finishes, when the race got under way it was plain to see he was driving on a mission this paid off after a hard four way battle. Stuart went across the finish line in second place with only just over one second separating the top four placed trucks.
The next and final 2014 British Truck Race Championship event is to be held on the 1st & 2nd of November at Brands Hatch.
Before Brands Hatch Stuart and the team are off to the world famous Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans, France on 11th & 12 October to participate in the (24 Heures Camion) the French Truck Race Championship final event.