At Easter, T Sport Racing started into the 2018 racing season. After 4 months of winter break allowing the team to find new partners – namely Haugg Kühler, Trux and SignDezign – and to strengthen and intensify the existing partnerships, the whole team was excited to be back on the track as the season started off at the British Easter truck racing event at the famous Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch!
The opening round of the British Truck Racing Championship was scheduled for Easter Sunday 1st and Easter Monday 2nd of April. Accordingly, it was Sunday morning when Terry first went out onto the track with his number 37 race truck.
Without any test sessions, the trucks were called straight into qualifying. Amongst a total of 11 class A drivers, Terry managed to stay in the middle of the field – thus securing a good 6th starting position on the grid for the first race of the season.
The one and only race scheduled for the Sunday went very well for Terry until the truck of one of his competitors spun off the track. As a result, the race was
restarted. Shortly after, Terry also slid off the track. Luckily he was able to rejoin the race. In the end, he finished in 8th position.
The first race on Monday was the highlight of the weekend. It increased the pulse of both Terry and his team members! After a fantastic start, Terry was in the lead throughout the first half of the race, until the race was red flagged and restarted once again – because of a heavy crash. At the restart, Terry had some extremely strong competitors charging behind him: Dave Jenkins, current British double champion Ryan Smith and 10x British champion Stuart Oliver. While Ryan Smith and Dave Jenkins overtook the T Sport Racing truck right at the start, Terry fought hard to keep Stuart Oliver behind him.
And he prevailed successfully thus crossing the finish line in 3rd place. Unfortunately, however, he was penalised with a 5 second penalty later on.
The last race of the weekend saw class A and B trucks race together. As the race got underway, heavy rain set in. Considering these adverse weather conditions, Terry knew it wouldn´t be easy for him to keep the chasing pack behind him. After seeing many other competitors crash heavily, however, he didn’t want to risk damaging his truck either. And yet, he aimed on being among the points ranking drivers. Terry managed to do so fairly well: he finished the final race in 7th position.
We are all really pleased with the result of the first race weekend: the truck is running well, Terry put a good show on and we received a lot of very positive feedback through social media! www.facebook.com/tsportracing
We are back in the workshop, where we will prepare the truck for the upcoming events at Pembrey (South Wales) and for the ETRC event in Hungary.
We will keep you informed. Stay tuned.