Thursday, August 23 2012
Matt Summerfield heads to Snetterton this weekend (26-27 August) as the man to beat in the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship. The Burton-on-Trent driver scored the maximum possible 22 points last weekend at Donington and leads the championship table by 35 points.
However Snetterton will be unknown territory for the field as this weekend will be the first time Trucks have raced on the 300 or, indeed, any other configuration of the Norfolk circuit. MAN driver Summerfield has gained a small advantage, though, with a few reconnaissance laps gained during a media event last week.
"I've been round here a few years ago, as part of Modified Live," he admitted. "But the new 300 circuit wasn't there then. The new infield section is I would say the most technical part to all the circuit. I've enjoyed the laps and I'll be able to go away with some in-cab footage that I can scrutinise and look at, and I'm looking forward to racing here next weekend."
Summerfield's laps have already left him with a clear impression on the circuit's character. "I think whoever is a bit braver round here will have the advantage," he predicted. "I can see where the time is within the track if you are able to just push yourself and able to have the confidence to go through the bends a bit quicker, but for me I think it's a case of building up slowly to it rather than overstep the mark and then end up in the barriers."
Nevertheless once practice is over Summerfield predicts a classic truck encounter, especially between himself and long-time rival David Jenkins, the reigning champion: "I think we'll be comfortably battling and door-handling as we normally do! David can be a bit hot-headed and take risks that I wouldn't take, I'm a bit calmer about the situation but it doesn't always pay off like that, so we'll have to see!"
From his high vantage point in the cockpit, Summerfield even had a chance to check out the circuit's panoramic spectator banks. "There's a lot to see in the new complex, which can be seen from there," he commented. "I also think there's going to be a lot of enjoyment as they're coming through under the bridge, there's a tendency to drift in the exit there. I think there could be a lot of action - there's only one truck that going to go through that corner!"
Tickets for the Truck Superprix on the Snetterton 300 on 26-27 August are available on the gate on Saturday for £13 and on Sunday for £21, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.