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David Jenkins fires opening salvo in British Truck Racing Championship

Saturday, March 26 2011

David Jenkins fought off a hard-charging Ricky Collett to secure his first victory of the season in the opening round of the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

Jenkins and Collett had been tussling throughout the day, producing near-identical times in warm up before qualifying just three hundredths of a second apart.

It was Jenkins that snatched pole position though, and he maintained his advantage on the first run into Paddock Hill Bend when the race got underway. Collett pressured him repeatedly in the early stages, but Jenkins was able to edge a gap when the pair were forced to negotiate traffic - 'Jenks' ultimately crossing the line with a three second advantage at the end of the eight lap encounter.

"Ricky's been my shadow all day and I think he'll be even more so during the season!" joked Jenkins. "He had some mechanical troubles in the race but I'm sure he'll bounce back tomorrow."

Dutch driver Cees Zandbergen had a quietly consistent run to third place ahead of Luke Taylor, who clinched a commanding fourth on the British debut of his Renault racing truck.

West Kingsdown's Steven Powell secured fifth, whilst Andy Lovenberry launched a thrilling recovery drive to take sixth place. Lovenberry's Sisu spun at Clearways on the opening lap and the Newcastle racer enjoyed entertaining tussles with the majority of the lower half of the field en route to his top ten finish.

Carl Brookfield and Brian Burt went nose-to-tail on several occasions in the battle for seventh, Brookfield's ERF eventually emerging victorious, whilst Oscar Clark and Adam Atkins also enjoyed a close battle for the final top ten placings.

There were two retirements: Oly Janes returned to the pit lane with mechanical woes on lap three, whilst the turbo on David Smith's Foden Alpha let go in spectacular fashion on lap five, causing the entire Indy circuit to become momentarily shrouded in smoke.

Brands Hatch will host three British Truck Championship races on Sunday, the first of which will take place at 11.40am.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship, Brands Hatch, Qualifying:

1. David Jenkins* (MAN TGA), 8 laps
2. Richard Collett* (MAN TGA), +3.379s
3. Cees Zandbergen* (SCANIA T124), +15.144s
4. Luke Taylor* (Renault Premium), +19.981s
5. Steven Powell (Ford Cargo), +31.118s
6. Andy Lovenberry (Sisu SL50), +43.037s
7. Carl Brookfield (ERF E14 11000), +46.599s
8. Brian Burt (Volvo White), +46.695s
9. Oscar Clark (Volvo FL10), +56.399s
10. Adam Atkins (Volvo White Road Boss), +56.947s

*= 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.