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Ryan Smith denies Matt Summerfield in Snetterton thriller

Saturday, September 13 2014

Ryan Smith held off Matt Summerfield to score an overall victory at Snetterton in the second British Truck Racing Championship race of the weekend today (Saturday), whilst behind the pair, Richard Collett emerged the victor of a close battle for the final podium place.

Brian Burt and Steven Powell started from the front row of the grid once more, but in a repeat of the opening race, Smith took an early lead, with rival Simon Reid taking longer to clear Powell's truck. This gave Smith the opportunity to get away from the rest, a vital factor in his victory.

Behind the Division Two trucks, Chris Levett took an early Division One lead in his Renault, now performing much better after its race one retirement. David Jenkins held second, with Summerfield passing Ben Horne early on. Summerfield then attacked Jenkins at Agostini on lap two and set off after Levett.

"There was a lot of debris on the track and I thought that I needed to finish," Summerfield said after the race. His plan changed on lap four when the Division One leaders caught Powell and Reid, who had just swapped positions. Levett passed both on the infield section but he then ran wide at Oggies, letting Summerfield through. The Renault then limped back onto the track, betraying signs of the braking issues that had ended his earlier race. Nevertheless he carried on to an eventual 11th place finish.

Meanwhile a close scrap for second in Division One began on the following lap when Collett passed Jenkins. The battle didn't end there, and when Collett caught Reid, they ran three-abreast along the Senna Straight. Except Jenkins was trying to pass on the outside, running along the grass!

Unsurprisingly, Jenkins was unable to retake Collett, who pulled away when Stuart Oliver and race one winner Steve Thomas attacked Jenkins. Oliver gained a place at Oggies on the final lap, as attention turned to the leaders.

Summerfield looked to have too much to do as Smith rounded Murray's for the penultimate time. With a lead of more than eight seconds, and a lap time difference of five seconds, the Division Two leader was set to take the overall victory. Even so as they toured the infield Summerfield was clearly closing in and out of the Bentley Straight it looked unnervingly close for Smith. However he was just able to stay ahead, the eventual gap barely more than a second.

"I saw Mat at the end and I thought there's no way I'm letting him go!" exclaimed Smith after the race. "From start to finish I gave it everything I've got, and we're closing in (on Division Two leader Reid), and that's the main thing."

The first of tomorrow's three truck races will start at 10:55, after the 9:00 warm-up session. The day will also feature a free grid walk and autograph session before the second truck race (grid walk will be from 12:15), Red Dragon Monster Truck rides, childrens' activities and a Wildcat Aerobatics display at 16:15.

British Truck Racing Championship race two
1, Ryan Smith, Sisu, Div 2, 7 Laps
2, Mat Summerfield, MAN TGX, Div 1, +1.047s
3, Ricky Collett, MAN, Div 1, +16.522s
4, Stuart Oliver, SCANIA P1150, Div 1, +20.153s
5, David Jenkins, MAN TGX, Div 1, +21.244s
6, Steve Thomas, MAN TGA, Div 1, +22.008s
7, Ben Horne, MAN TGA, Div 1, +28.010s
8, Ray Coleman, Renault Premium MKR, Div 1, 40.457s
9, Simon Reid, Iveco Stalis, Div 2, +40.829s
10, Steven Powell, Foden Alfa, Div 2, +1:18.069s

Click here to view a full result of the race.

Raceday tickets for the Truck Superprix at Snetterton on Sunday 13 September are available for £22, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.