Friday, August 24 2012
Reigning Delphi British Truck Racing Champion David Jenkins predicts plenty of entertainment at Snetterton this weekend (26-27 August), as he fights to regain his crown. The series makes its Norfolk debut on the 300 circuit, at a crucial point in the title race.
With just six rounds remaining, Jenkins will be aiming to get his title defence back on track, as he trails championship leader Matt Summerfield by 36 points. With just 22 on offer for a perfect score, Snetterton is realistically his last chance to stay on course for back-to-back championships. The pair have long been rivals, with Summerfield's more cautious style benefitting at the expense of the spectacular Mercedes driver. However with a brand new circuit to learn, Jenkins is confident that he will be able to get to grips with the Snetterton 300 layout quicker than his colleagues.
Both drivers will have a head start on the others after sampling the track during a media event last week. "Any little insight is a bonus because we can go and think about that now and come back and develop on it, he said. "It's going to be very close between Matt and I, and there's four of the very quick trucks in the A class as well, so it's going to be all about who gets ahead round the circuit, the fastest on the day, and they're the ones that are going away with the honours."
Like Summerfield, Jenkins expects a spectacular battle this weekend. "It's going to be very good," he predicted. "The more you get to know the track the more rewarding it seems to be to drive and I'm sure the racing round here is going to be fantastic. I just urge the crowd to come early and get a good vantage point, so they can see as much as the infield as they can!"
Jenkins has established a reputation as the wild man of the championship, thanks to his maximum attack approach to racing and penchant for spectacular slides. With an abundance of corners around the infield of the 300, he predicts plenty of the latter: "I think if the conditions get slippery it's going to be very sideways on the exits of the slower speed corners, and I'm sure we can manage a few warm-up and slow down laps with some big slides for the crowd!"
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.