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Summerfield denies Jenkins Division 1 truck pole

Saturday, April 21 2012

Matt Summerfield has claimed pole position in Division 1 of the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch. As expected, he faced a strong challenge from David Jenkins and despite looking like starting from second at one point, regained the advantage late on.

Summerfield was quick from his first lap, immediately within a second of his earlier time. However Jenkins stole the lead a third of the way through the session, neither under a minute at this time.

Behind the leading rivals, Steve Thomas held on to his earlier third place from Richard Collett as the times remained static for some time ahead of the final push in the dying moments of the session.

Jenkins improved his time by a tiny margin before pitting, as Summerfield closed to within six hundredths of the pole time. He looked to have something left and on his next lap he reclaimed the pole position by three tenths, still lapping in over a minute.

Just two minutes remained as Summerfield continued to circulate, with Jenkins also out to steal back the top spot. However a lurid sideways moment at Paddock Hill ended his challenge and he remained second.

Thomas kept third, whilst Heinz-Werner Lenz climbed to fourth place, with Collett taking fifth, Ben Horne sixth, Luke Taylor seventh and Cees Zandbergen eighth. Steve Powell failed to make the session.

The first truck race for Division 2 will take place at 10:05 tomorrow (Sunday)

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship Division 1 Qualifying

1. Matt Summerfield, 1:00.233s
2. David Jenkins, +0.271s
3. Steve Thomas, +0.862s
4. Heinz-Werner Lenz, +1.079s
5. Richard Collett, +1.205s
6. Ben Horne, +1.635s
7. Luke Taylor, +1.967s
8. Cees Zandbergen, +2.828s

Tickets for the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch on 21-22 April can be purchased on the gate from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.