FORMER British truck racing champion Dave Jenkins from Stone is hoping to propel himself into the title reckoning this weekend when he travels to Thruxton.
Jenkins takes his distinctive MAN in Black race truck to Hampshire for the third round of the British Truck Racing Association Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s been a frustrating start to the new season for the experienced racer from Stone, in Staffordshire, with poor fortune costing him dear.
He currently sits fifth in the drivers’ table on 50 points, 40 points behind early pacesetter Chris Levett.
But with 50 points to play for each weekend, a couple of good results can see anyone climb the ladder at lightening pace – and few would rule out a surge from popular Jenkins, who is sponsored by Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants.
Jenkins has been working around the clock with his team of engineers to get his five-ton truck in prime condition for the Thruxton double-header.
“We’ve had a bit of a troubled start but we’ve had some podium finishes and some very strong qualifying times,” said the 38-year-old.
“We’ve been working hard on some development work to improve the truck, looking particularly at optimising engine power and the suspension.
“It’s going to be difficult because of the points we’ve lost, but we are quietly confident ahead of this weekend.
“We’re only two rounds into an eight-round season so there is plenty of time to get ourselves back in contention.
“We’ve got five races this weekend – if we can get near the podium each time then that will see us moving in the right direction.
“Thruxton is the fastest track in the country and that really suits my style.”
This is Jenkins’ second season with the financial and technical backing of Morris Lubricants, one of Europe's leading oil blenders and marketers.
He said: “The link-up with Morris Lubricants has worked tremendously well. I use Morris oils exclusively in my truck because it’s a superior product.”