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Smith wins again as Summerfield and Levett fight at Snetterton

Sunday, September 14 2014

Ryan Smith took his second overall race win in the penultimate British Truck Racing Championship race of the weekend at Snetterton today (Sunday). The dominant Division Two driver was able to take advantage of a tense fight between Division One title contenders Mat Summerfield and Chris Levett, which was settled in the former's favour.

Smith's victory was equally as hard-fought, and was founded on a brave start that saw him challenge on the inside into Riches first time around from the back of his group. He was third heading towards Montreal, then took second out of the hairpin, and by the time he exited Hamilton he was in the lead. Rival Simon Reid was unable to clear second-place man Steven Powell for another two laps.

After a lowly result in the previous race, Summerfield started Division One on the front row and ensured that he led his group from the first corner. Stuart Oliver was initially in second place, as Richard Collett, David Jenkins and Chris Levett lined up to pass the Renault of Ray Coleman.

Levett took Jenkins early on, but needed almost half a lap to clear Collett, the move being completed at Nelson when the yellow MAN ran wide on suspected fluid left by Graham Powell's recalcitrant Renault MACK. He then passed Oliver and Thomas to take second in class just as Summerfield was working his way through the Division 2 machinery.

Levett soon caught the title leader but Summerfield had by now become very familiar with the characteristics of the Norfolk circuit and made it very difficult for the faster Renault to pass. Despite a clear advantage, and perhaps because of errant bodywork, Levett could do nothing about the MAN in front.

Meanwhile behind this fight, Oliver and Thomas were staging an equally fraught battle for third in class, and Collett was catching the pair. All of this left Smith clearly in front and he crossed the line 12 seconds ahead of Reid, with Steven Powell third overall a further seven seconds in arrears.

Summerfield could only manage fourth overall but with points awarded by class, this would have been of no concern, for he was ahead of chief rival Levett. Thomas tried to wrest sixth place from Oliver and the two crossed the line side-by-side but it was Oliver who passed the timing beam first. Collett took a close eighth place, whilst Jenkins was a subdued ninth, chased to the line by Coleman.

The final truck race of the day will take place at 16:30. Click here to view a full result.

British Truck Racing Championship race four
1, Ryan Smith, Sisu, Div 2, 7 Laps
2, Simon Reid, Iveco Stalis, Div 2, +12.166s
3, Steven Powell, Foden Alfa, Div 2, +19.331s
4, Mat Summerfield, MAN TGX, Div 1, +25.310s
5, Christopher Levett, Renault Premium MKR, Div 1, +25.744s
6, Stuart Oliver, SCANIA P1150, Div 1, +34.291s
7, Steve Thomas, MAN TGA, Div 1, +34.394s
8, Ricky Collett, MAN, Div 1, +35.212s
9, David Jenkins, MAN TGX, Div 1, +45.152s
10, Ray Coleman, Renault Premium MKR, Div 1, +45.536s

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.