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British Trucks warm up for season opener at Brands Hatch

Saturday, March 26 2011

The silver MAN of David Jenkins set the pace in free practice for the opening round of the 2011 Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch today (Saturday).

A busy grid of 16 1,000bhp trucks took to the track for the 15 minute warm up session, with Jenkins leading throughout - although only by a narrow margin of 0.009s - from Ricky Collett's similar MAN machine.

'Rainbow Warrior' Cees Zandbergen set the third fastest time in his Scania, ahead of top Class B competitor West Kingsdown's Steven Powell in his nimble Ford Cargo.

Andy Lovenberry managed to keep his truck on track despite a major powerslide at Graham Hill Bend to set the fifth fastest time in his Sisu SL250, with Oly Janes' Scania close behind.

Local driver David Smith from Tonbridge steered his Foden Alpha to seventh position, whilst Luke Taylor struggled to stay on pace with the other Class A specification trucks and was forced to settle for eighth on his Renault truck's British debut.

Carl Brookfield's ERF and Adam Bint's Volvo White rounded out the top ten.

The British Truck Racing Championship continues with qualifying at 11.35am, before race one at 4.15pm.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship, Brands Hatch, Warm Up:

1. David Jenkins* (MAN TGA), 1m01.591s
2. Richard Collett* (MAN TGA), +0.009s
3. Cees Zandbergen* (SCANIA T124), +1.967s
4. Steven Powell (Ford Cargo), +3.380s
5. Andy Lovenberry (Sisu SL50), +3.462s
6. Oly Janes (SCANIA P Series), +4.456s
7. David Smith (Foden Alpha), +5.527s
8. Luke Taylor* (Renault Premium), +5.071s
9. Carl Brookfield (ERF E14 11000), +5.445s
10. Adam Bint (Volvo White), +5.543s

*= Class A competitor

Raceday tickets for the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday 27 March are available on the gate for £21 for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.