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Local racer scoops Class B pole position

Saturday, April 17 2010

Aylesford driver Graham Powell has clinched pole position at his home circuit in Class B qualifying for the Delphi British Truck Racing Association Championship at Brands Hatch today (Saturday).

Powell's ERF topped the timesheets for the entire session, which was cut short when the Volvo of Craig Evans ran wide into the gravel at Clearways with three minutes remaining, causing qualifying to be red flagged.

After missing this morning's warm up, young gun Ben Horne was on strong form, steering his Volvo White to second position for tomorrow's first Class B outing at 11.05am.

Andy Lovenberry qualified third fastest in his Sisu SL250, ahead of Brian Burt's Volvo and the ERF E14 of Carl Brookfield.

Racing newcomer Oly Janes had an impressive maiden Brands Hatch qualifying, clinching sixth on the grid in his Seddon Atkinson Strato.

After challenging the front-runners in morning warm up, it was a slightly disappointing session for Graham's brother Steven Powell from nearby West Kingsdown, who could only manage seventh in qualifying.

Craig Evans secured eighth position before his gravel trap encounter, whilst Jim Bennett's Seddon Atkinson and Trevor Martin's ERF will start ninth and tenth respectively.

Delphi British Truck Racing Association Championship, Class B Qualifying:
1. Graham Powell (ERF ECX), 1m03.079s
2. Ben Horne (Volvo White), +0.270s
3. Andy Lovenberry (Sisu SL250), +0.571s
4. Brian Burt (Volvo White), +0.975s
5. Carl Brookfield (ERF E14), +1.046s
6. Oly Janes (Seddon Atkinson Strato), +1.232s
7. Steven Powell (Ford Cargo), +1.536s
8. Craig Evans (Volvo FM12), +3.629s
9. Jim Bennett (Seddon Atkinson), +3.698s
10. Trevor Martin (ERF ES8), +4.681s

Raceday tickets for the Brands Hatch Truck Superprix on Sunday 17 April cost £21 on the gate for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.