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Chris Levett scoops British Truck Championship pole position

Saturday, October 30 2010

Chris Levett's Freightliner and the Scania of Cees Zandbergen have secured pole positions for the first two outings from the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The majority of the Class B trucks were first out on track for qualifying, where Carl Brookfield's quickly set the pace. West Kingsdown's Steven Powell began to hunt him down in his nimble Ford Cargo, briefly assuming first place before Brookfield quickly bettered his time.

Brookfield then proceeded to become the only Class B truck to set a sub-1m11s lap time in damp conditions to affirm his pole position placing.

Behind Brookfield and fellow front-row starter Powell, Ben Horne charged to third position after joining the session late on, whilst truck debutant Frank Wrathall - victor in this year's Ginetta G50 Championship - secured an impressive fourth.

Warm up pace-setter Brian Burt's Volvo clinched fifth ahead of another local driver, the Volvo of West Kingsdown's Oscar Clark, in sixth. David Smith's Foden Alpha and Steve Thomson's Scammell rounded out the top eight.

Then, on a drying track, it was the turn of the Class A trucks to hit the tarmac, and a battle for pole position honours emerged between the MAN machinery of Chris Levett and Stuart Oliver.

It was Levett that laid the gauntlet throughout the 12 minute session, however Oliver persistently narrowed the gap to the pole-sitter, although he was ultimately unable to usurp his rival's time.

Ricky Collett's MAN secured third on the grid ahead of David Jenkins' Sisu, the MAN of Matt Summerfield and Roger Brookfield's DAF.

Selected Class B competitors qualified alongside their Class A compatriots, and the rainbow-liveried Scania of Cees Zandbergen set a fast enough time to secure pole position for Class B race one. Newly-crowned Class B champion Graham Powell will start the first lower category outing from third on the grid.

Class B will race this afternoon (Saturday) before Class A's first outing on Sunday morning.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship, Brands Hatch, Class A Qualifying:
1. Chris Levett (MAN TGS), 1m03.082s
2. Stuart Oliver (MAN TGS), +0.227s
3. Richard Collett (MANTGA), +2.288s
4. David Jenkins (Sisu), +2.578s
5. Matt Summerfield (MAN ECT), +2.814s
6. Roger Brookfield (DAF CF), +3.723s
7. Cees Zandbergen (Scania 124), +4.315s
8. Graham Powell (ERF ECX), +4.349s

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship, Brands Hatch, Class B Qualifying:
1. Carl Brookfield (ERF E14), 1m10.725s
2. Steven Powell (Ford Cargo), +0.562s
3. Jim Bennett (Sedden Atkinson), +2.024sChris Levett's MAN and the Scania of Cees Zandbergen have secured pole positions for the first two outings from the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The majority of the Class B trucks were first out on track for qualifying, where Carl Brookfields MAN quickly set the pace. West Kingsdown's Steven Powell began to hunt him down in his nimble Ford Cargo, briefly assuming first place before Brookfield quickly bettered his time.

Brookfield then proceeded to become the only Class B truck to set a sub-1m11s lap time in damp conditions to affirm his quickest driver placing.

Behind Brookfield and Powell, Ben Horne charged to third position after joining the session late on, whilst truck debutant Frank Wrathall - victor in this year's Ginetta G50 Championship - secured an impressive fourth.

Warm up pace-setter Brian Burt's Volvo clinched fifth ahead of another local driver, the Volvo of West Kingsdown's Oscar Clark, in sixth. David Smith's Foden Alpha and Steve Thomson's Scammell rounded out the top eight.

Then, on a drying track, it was the turn of the Class A trucks to hit the tarmac, and a battle for pole position honours emerged between the MAN machinery of Chris Levett and Stu