MAN in Black in search of points on biggest weekend of season - 8848

MAN in Black in search of points on biggest weekend of season

Truck racing ace Dave Jenkins goes head-to-head with some of the sport’s biggest names at Germany’s world famous Nürburgring circuit this weekend.

The British Truck Racing Association Championship heads overseas for the showcase event of the season, with a huge 120,000 spectators expected over the two days.

As well as forming part of the BTRA competition, the race is also part of the Mittelrhein Cup with racers from Germany and further afield lining up on the grid.

Jenkins, who is sponsored by leading oil blender Morris Lubricants, will be up against 25 other starters in his two races but is confident of picking up more points to stay in the hunt in the BTRA Championship.

“This is the biggest event of the season and it’s always a hugely exciting race to be involved in,” said Jenkins, who is from Stone in Staffordshire.

“The races in the UK are very much a sprint format, but these are 25 minutes long so it’s about making sure you are there in contention at the end.

“As well as us Brits there will be Dutch racers and invited racers from Germany. It will be hugely competitive but we’re confident of being right up there.”

There are a maximum of 20 points up for grabs for ‘MAN in Black’ Jenkins. For the BTRA Championship, the foreign drivers are discounted. Jenkins, 38, currently sits fifth in the table with 88 points, just three shy of fourth place Stuart Oliver.

Former British champion Jenkins, who is being backed by Morris Lubricants for a second season, travelled to Germany on Tuesday to get his five-ton MAN truck ready for the weekend.

He said: “We had a few mechanical problems at an invitation event in Mondello Park in Ireland last weekend so have put a new, fresh engine in.

“We’ve been tweaking and improving the truck all the time and we are in good shape.”

Jenkins uses specialist performance lubricants in his truck, which are blended at Morris Lubricants’ factory in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.