STONE based truck racer Dave Jenkins maintained second place in the British Championships, despite a rain affected weekend at the Pembrey track in South Wales.
Jenkins enjoyed two days of fantastic racing, but finished the two-day meeting with contrasting fortunes, remaining second in the overall championship stand- ings behind Mat Summerfield from Burton-on-Trent.
In Jenkins’ case he experienced a super Saturday followed by a slippery Sunday where top drivers battled the elements and each other in bumper to bumper action.
The outcome left Summerfield on 279 points, going in to the final weekend of the season at Brands Hatch on November 2 and 3.
Jenkins is firmly in second spot with 244 points.
On day one, the Jenkins Motorsport Team, racing in the all black livery of their principal sponsor, Digraph Transport Supplies, got off to a flyer.
Jenkins battled through a torrential downpour to finish second behind Summerfield after another enthralling race.
However, Jenkins went one better in the next race, taking the chequred flag ahead of Summerfield after another keenly-contested battle.
Sunday saw the return of rain and a return to the type of incidents that make the difference between winning and losing.
In the opening race, Jenkins again took up the early running, but a component in the rear suspension broke and, despite the handicap, the Stone driver managed to take third place.
Repairs completed, the Jenkins team again contested first place with Summerfield, only for them to be struck down again by a mechanical misfortune, this time a broken disc brake which caused the truck to crash.
Nevertheless, Jenkins managed to re-join the race and finished a terrific fourth in the circumstances.
The rain had eased for the final race at Pembrey and once more the two main contenders for the crown contested the action up front.
Due to rules introduced this season they both started at the rear of the grid, behind the B class drivers, and were forced to battle their way through the field.
Jenkins managed to claim the lead until his tyres started to lose some grip and that allowed Summerfield to get past to take the race.
“The truck again performed very well. All the improvements we’ve made through the season are giving us the consistency we’ve been looking for. The stage is now set for a grandstand finish to the season,” said Jenkins.