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Summerfield gets revenge over Jenkins in Last Chance truck race

Sunday, April 22 2012

Matt Summerfield took his revenge on David Jenkins, taking victory in the Last Chance race for the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch today (Sunday). The race was interrupted by a red flag when Jenkins spun, plus a brief shower at the restart that handed the advantage to the winner.

Jenkins and Summerfield lined up on the front row ready to resume their battle from the earlier race, whilst back in tenth place amongst a huge grid of 17 trucks, Dave Smith led Division 2.

Summerfield got a much better start and as Jenkins came under attack at Druids, he spun as he rounded the hairpin and with a couple of other trucks caught up, the race was red-flagged.

After some last minute bodywork maintenance on the grid from Jenkins and Heinz-Werner Lenz, the field got going once more for the restart, with Jenkins looking rather impatient.

Jenkins made a better start second time around but Summerfield was all over him as a shower passed over the circuit. Getting past on the run into lap two courtesy of a better line through Clearways, Summerfield left Jenkins to fend off Lenz in third.

Division 2 race winner Smith was having an equally torrid time, having lost the class lead to Oly Janes and coming under the attention of Brian Burt. However Janes left the track at Paddock Hill and whilst he desperately tried to rejoin, the gravel was just a little too deep heading up the hill and he was beached.

With just waved yellow flags at the first corner, Jenkins was closing on Summerfield as the sun dried the track. Summerfield, however responded with the fastest lap of the race so far, as Lenz kept the second place man under pressure.

Traffic came into play on the last two laps as Adam Bint, Steven Taylor and Marco Donk squabbled over 13th place. Summerfield was held up into Clearways but as Jenkins caught them, he was unable to overtake at Paddock Hill due to the stricken truck of Janes and lost his only chance of challenging for the lead.

The net result of this was that Summerfield took the win by more than two seconds, with Lenz a fighting third. Steve Thomas took fourth place from Richard Collett, Luke Taylor, Ben Horne and Cees Zandbergen, whilst Smith was the Division two winner in ninth place, from Burt.

The Grand Final will take place at 17:35.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship Last Chance Race

1. Matt Summerfield, Div 1, 10 Laps
2. David Jenkins, Div 1, +2.690s
3. Heinz-Werner Lenz, Div 1, +3.849s
4. Steve Thomas, Div 1, +10.244s
5. Richard Collett, Div 1, +19.460s
6. Luke Taylor, Div 1, +27.437s
7. Ben Horne, Div 1, +28.197s
8. Cees Zandbergen, Div 1, +32.199s
9. David Smith, Div 2, +46.025
10. Brian Burt, Div 2, +1:01.767s

Tickets for the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch on 21-22 April can be purchased on the gate from £21, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.