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Kent's truck racing champion "can't wait for Brands Hatch"

Thursday, April 11 2013

Kent-based British Truck Racing Division 2 Champion Dave Smith heads to his local circuit next weekend (20/21 April) with a chance of overall victory thanks to new rules designed to spice up the action.

Although he remains in the Division 2 category, a reverse-grid system will ensure that he gets a head start on the faster Division 1 trucks. On the tight Brands Hatch Indy circuit, there's a good chance that they could stay ahead too, as Smith explains: "last year I was doing 1:03 second laps here, whilst the Division 1 trucks were 1:01s, that's 2 seconds a lap, so there's a good chance of getting away."

East Malling's Smith is the reigning Division 2 champion, a class that has been dominated by local drivers. However he heads to his local track aiming to claw back a deficit after missing round one due to engine troubles. "With the new (five race) format we are 50 points adrift," he admitted. "So it will take quite a few meetings to catch up. As we're all going to score high points this could be a disadvantage."

Unlike his predecessors, Smith is sticking with his winning equipment: "It's exactly the same truck, no changes," he explained. However rival Oly Janes moves up to Division 1. "It will take some pressure off but there are new trucks to look out for," mused Smith. "I think (newcomer) Simon Reid did quite well at Pembury and his truck was always fast, so it's one to keep an eye on. Steven (Powell, former class champion who returns to Division 2) is going to be a threat in the DAF."

Smith has five races at Brands Hatch in which to make a first impression on the 2013 championship, three of which will be held on the Sunday. He's certainly ready for the fight: "I definitely can't wait for Brands Hatch, he said. "It's good to get out there. Paddock Hill is probably the best place for spectators to watch."

Tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Brands Hatch are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.