Pembrey Circuit is gearing up for another blockbuster two days of track action this weekend (14/15 October) with the British Truck Racing Championship set to take on a starring role.
In what has been another memorable season for the venue, with winter track improvements adding to the edge-of-the-seat thrills, a bumper crowd is expected to ask up what is likely to be frenetic competition.
Making their second visit to South Wales in 2017, the first in April, the BTRC’s five-tonne, heavyweight machines will hit the track for the penultimate time this season with it all to play for in both classes.
Division 1, the top tier of the BTRC, currently see’s defending champion Ryan Smith in the box seat as he tops the standings. Looking to add a second crown to his illustrious racing CV, Smith holds a 34-point advantage over his nearest challengers David Jenkins and Shane Brereton.
Throw into the mix former champion Stuart Oliver and Mat Summerfield and picking a winner has never been tougher in the BTRC. Providing results go his way over the course of the weekend, Smith could leave Pembrey as champion.
In Division 2, Mika Makinen also sits on the cusp of championship glory in his Mad Croc machine. Entering the weekend with a 52-point lead over Tony Smith, the Finnish racer has his sights set on cementing his status as the man to beat.
The Renault UK Clio Cup Junior reaches a crucial stage in it’s inaugural season with the battle to be champion heating up. Despite not winning a race yet, Gus Burton’s consistency places him at the top of the standings and keen to extend his advantage.
Victories have gone the way Max Marzorati, Ethan Hammerton and Lorcan Hanafin so far and the trio will be keen to add to their tallies.
It is all to play for in the Mighty Minis Racing Championship too, with titles to be won in both classes. In the Super Mighty class, Scott Kendall and Adrian Tuckley, the form drivers for a majority of the season, are separated by a mere eight points.
In the Mighty Mini class, Alice Hughes has the finish in sight and will be looking to put herself out of touch as soon as possible during this final event of the year. Damian Harrington, Hughes’ nearest challenger, will need a near-perfect weekend and bad luck to strike his rival if he is to overhaul Hughes for the coveted crown.
Rounding out the track action will be the hugely popular Welsh Racing Drivers Association with many locals keen to triumph on home soil.
In the past Jason Davies has proved to be the man to beat in this category but with him missing from the entry list, the mantel falls on a host of others to challenge for the top step of the podium.
Tickets can be purchased on the gate on both days, priced at £15.00 per adult per day. Gates open at 07:30 with track action scheduled to get underway at 09:00.