13th of April – Season Opening in Brands Hatch
Successful start into the British Truck Racing Championship! With numerous spectators watching the season opening in Brands Hatch, both pilots, Stuart Oliver and Luke Taylor, had a highly successful start into the new season.Team Oliver Racing presented itself in an overly impressing manner, with a large team set-up at the paddock, two Kelsa grid girls and a Kelsa pace truck. For the first time, the team participated with two race trucks: on the one hand, with a former MKR Renault race truck from the European championship the team turned into a Volvo during the winter break and on the other hand with the well-known Scania from last year’s season. During three training sessions on Friday, last fine tuning and adjustments were made on the trucks before participating at the decisive qualifying on Saturday morning.
Stuart Oliver got hold of the second position on the starting grid finishing just a three-hundredth of a second behind Ryan Smith – who, for his part, drives a former race truck of the triple European champion Jochen Hahn this season. The subsequent races on Saturday and Sunday were packed with thrilling action. At the BTRA Championship, race trucks compete for the title in two different divisions – with a gap of 20 seconds between the two classes and with a completely reversed starting grid. Stuart Oliver made clear he is willing to fight and to rank at the top this season. Throughout all of the races, he stayed amongst the top 3 and achieved a victory, a second position and twice the third rank. Luke Taylor also had a quite satisfying weekend. Ranking among the top 10 at the qualifying, he finished twice on position 6 and 8 and once on the ninth ran
Live timing was available for all those unable to watch the races live and on site. In addition, the BBC One Breakfast Show covered the event on Saturday morning. The sports presenter Mike Bushell interviewed several pilots and drove some laps around the circuit in Stuart ́s Scania accompanied by Mat Summerfield and David Jenkins. A summary of the weekend will be broadcasted on 6th of May on Sky, Motors TV, Virgin media, Freeview and youview prior to the second racing event of the season taking place in Pembrey on 23rd of May.