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Truckers ready to rock at Snetterton this weekend

Thursday, September 08 2016

A big grid of 20 trucks will roar into action at Snetterton this weekend (10/11 September), with five rounds of the British Truck Racing Championship set to thrill spectators. Click here to download the entry list.

The grid will be split into two classes, with 13 of the top Class A trucks fighting out a title race that is set to heat up as the season enters its final stages. The standings are currently led by Ryan Smith, who has been a contender ever since his debut three years ago. Stepping up to the top class in an ex-European Championship MAN last season, he's now on fine form.

Smith is being chased by ten-time champion Stuart Oliver, however, and Oliver's Volvo is also a very quick machine. Oliver is a legend of the sport, but is still searching for his first championship since returning to the category. He's joined by son Michael, taking part in his first season of truck racing on board a Scania.

Ready to capitalise on a clash between the leaders are old rivals Mat Summerfield and David Jenkins. Between them, the pair have claimed the last five championships driving MAN trucks, with Summerfield winning the last four in a row, so they cannot be ruled out of the fight. Others to look out for include perennial frontrunner Steve Thomas, the returning Ben Horne and graduating Class B champion Steve Powell.

Class B for older machinery is often highly competitive, and whilst Adam Bint, in his distinctive Volvo bonneted truck, has a useful lead in the title race, with 50 points on offer this weekend everything could change. John Powell, brother of reigning class champion Steve, is his closest challenger, and will be desperate to claw back the points deficit in his Ford Cargo. The pair are expected to lead a class that also includes local hero Jim Bennett from Bungay, returning to action at his home track on board a Seddon Atkinson truck this weekend.

Following a qualifying session and opening race, grids are reversed for the following four encounters, which traditionally produces thrilling action as the trucks jostle for position. Qualifying and the opening two races will take place on Saturday, with the final three on main raceday Sunday. Click here to download the entry list and here to download a timetable for this weekend's event.

Visitors will be able to get a closer look at the trucks and meet the drivers during a free-of-charge VIP-style grid walk open to all. The drivers will be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs and pose for photos.

The event also includes a packed 20-race supporting programme that includes pocket-sized Legends Cars, Minis, Classic Touring Cars, BMWs, MGs and Formula Ford. Off-track there's a feast of fun including breathtaking rides on the fearsome Red Dragon Monster Truck, which can carry up to ten passengers whilst crushing all obstacles in its path. Children can take the wheel of Mini Monster Trucks, and there will also be a fairground, adventure playground and a display of show trucks.

Discounted advance tickets for the British Truck Racing Championship at Snetterton on 10/11 September are available online for £15 on Saturday and £24 on Sunday, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.