The British Truck Racing Championship took on a starring role at Pembrey Circuit this past weekend (14/15 October) with eight blockbuster races being played out.
Joined by the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior, Mighty Minis Championship and Welsh Racing Driver’s Association to producing a captivating two days of action, the BTRC crowned it’s first champion of the year.
Asserting his dominance early on in the season, Mika Makinen secured an unassailable lead in Division 2 during the weekend to put himself out of touch ahead of his nearest challenger with an event to spare.
Scoring victory in races one and four for the second tier of the BTRC, the Finnish star looked in a league of his own at times as he cemented his status as champion. Paul Mccumisky and Steve Powell emerged as the winners from the remaining two encounters.
In Division 1, defending champion Ryan Smith put himself to within touching distance of retaining his title with two wins from four races. Showing front-running pace throughout the weekend, Smith took a comfortable win in race one before carving his way through the field in race three.
Mat Summerfield took the remaining two victories on offer, the second despite only one lap being completed due to an incident which caused barrier damage.
Not to be outdone by their five-tonne heavyweight counterparts, the small but powerful Mighty Minis ensured that the on-track thrills never wavered.
Bringing the curtain down on another memorable season, champion’s were crowned in both the Mighty and Super Mighty classes. In the Mighty Mini category, Alice Hughes converted her advantage at the summit into the championship title, despite not finishing race two.
Hughes’ closest challenger Damian Harrington failed to take the start in second encounter and although Hughes herself didn’t score any points, it was enough to give her the title.
Scott Kendall meanwhile not only swept his way to score all three race victories over both days but also to the Super Mighty Mini crown.
Spoils were shared in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship with Jack Young and Max Marzorati taking a win apiece. Lorcan Hanafin proved to be the perennial pace-setter early on in the weekend as he scored pole position for both races.
Hanafin unfortunately was unable to convert his front row start as he stalled getting off the line in race one and skated across the grass and into the barrier in race two.
The opening encounter saw Young produce a superlative performance to become the fourth different winner from five races, aiding his championship charge. Race two meanwhile gave Marzorati his third win of the campaign as he held off the advances of Young and Ethan Hammerton.
The weekend’s results now mean that seven drivers will head to the season finale at Brands Hatch next month with a mathematical shot at being crowned champion.
Rounding out the action at Pembrey was the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship. Boasting a bumper entry list, the action proved to be frenetic in the first of Sunday’s two races as Chris Everill held off the charging Reuben Taylor in his Ginetta G50.
Unfortunately, race two was to be cut short following a high-speed accident for Martin Davies, fortunately he was able to walk away relatively unscathed and is now on the mend at home. Everill was declared the winner on count back despite having completed just eight laps whilst Tyrone Luffarelli was crowned overall champion for 2017 in the class.
Away from the racing, fans also had the opportunity to sample the circuit during the lunch break on Sunday as they rode on a double-decker bus as part of the Show Truck parade.
For the full classification of results from each championship, click here.