HIGH SPEED WHEEL TO WHEEL ACTION AT SNETTERTON
Last weekend 13th & 14th September was the date for the team to head to the east of the country to participate at the fast and technical Snetterton race circuit.
On the Friday prior to the weekend Stuart had the opportunity to get out on track and take a reporter from the BBC Look East team around the circuit to record a short promotional news feature to go out on BBC 1 on the Friday evening.
For the weekend the weather forecasters had predicted a dry sunny and warm weekend and on this occasion they got it correct.
On the Saturday morning the teams had the opportunity of a fifteen minute free practice session this would give Stuart the opportunity to see if the change in the truck set up from the wet Donington circuit would be OK, sure enough so much so that Stuart recorded the fastest lap time some six tenths faster than the second fastest.
As always race one of the weekend was to start with reverse grid of the finish positions of the last race at Donington Park, this meant Stuart was starting on the second to last row of the grid, with a grid of thirteen trucks as always it was not going to be easy to get to the front. Straight away Stuart started to make his way through the pack and lap by lap he was moving towards the front, by the chequered flag Stuart was up to second place only two seconds behind the winner.
Race two on the Saturday Stuart was determined to improve but this time starting on the back row of the grid he had a lot of work to do, after a very action packed first lap Stuart managed to start working his way up the field but unfortunately at the end of the race he only managed to secure the last spot on the podium.
The third truck race of the weekend was to start just before lunch on the Sunday morning, it was clear to see from the visiting spectators that the TV exposure on the Friday evening had drummed up a vast amount of interest; again Stuart was starting from the second to last row of the grid. This time Stuart did not have a good race start and found himself blocked in on the tight hairpin, this put him back down the field and left him with a lot of work, by the chequered flag he had worked up to finish in fourth.
Race four Stuart was determined to better his previous positions unfortunately on the first corner on the very first lap during an overtaking move Stuart’s truck received a heavy impact that resulted in a bent rear outer wheel rim and a burst tyres, not wanting to give up Stuart still managed to move forward through the field and managed to finish the race in third place.
Race Five with a new wheel and tyre fitted and Stuart starting again from the second to last row of the grid, he made a very good start unfortunately once again on the first lap on the very same corner as the race prior he received another hit in the side this time destroying the wheel rim, this then causing a major vibration through the whole truck, not to be put off Stuart adapted his driving style to deal with the handicap and for the final race of the weekend he crossed the finish line in a respectable under the circumstances fourth place.