Greater Noida: Steve Thomas of Team Allied Partners went into day 2 of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2015 with the quickest lap time (1:50:995) in the 20 minute qualifying session on Saturday evening. Last year’s champion, Stuart Oliver of Team Castrol Vecton qualified second fastest (1:51:058), and Oliver Janes also of Team Castrol Vecton secured the third fastest qualifying lap (1:51:268).
Steve Thomas says it was a good day to finish first in qualifying on Saturday evening. This is his second time racing in India at BIC since the championship was introduced a year earlier. He opines T1 Prima Race trucks are very reliable. All race trucks competing are evenly matched to warrant a competitive final race. He was delighted to be here and hoped to finish on the podium on race day.
Race activity on Saturday included two free practice sessions, and a 20 minute qualifying session. All track events concluded endeavoured for quicker lap times through pleasant racing conditions. This was followed by a 8 lap super qualifier, and a 16 lap final race on Sunday, March 15. Both the super qualifier and Final Race were stopped momentarily after lap 1 with the red flag being shown on both occasions.
The 8 lap qualifier on Sunday saw Steve Thomas post the best qualifying lap time of 1:59 734. Stuart Oliver of Team Castrol Vecton qualified second fastest at a time of 2:01:216, while Simon Reid qualified in 3rd place at a time of 2:01:374.
Final race of 16 laps ended with Stuart Oliver claiming victory at T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2015. His best lap time stood at 1:55:230. Steven Thomas (Team Allied Partners) finished 2nd (BL 1:55:511), and Steven Powell of Tata Technologies Motorsports 3rd (BL 1:57:108). The complete order of this year’s finish is as follows: Chris Levett (Allied Partners), Mathew Summerfield (Team Cummins), Graham Powell (Dealer Warriors), Oliver Janes (Castrol Vecton), Simon Reid (Team Cummins), Richard Collett (Dealer Warriors), and Ben Horne (Dealer Daredevils). Paul Alan McCumisky (Dealer Daredevils) went into the barricade at towards the end of the 6th lap with 2 turns to go. David Jenkins (Tata Technologies Motorsports) retired his vehicle early in the race.
T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2015 saw 12 international truck racing drivers take on trucks that were 20 pct faster (upto 135 km/hr) at 10 pct increased acceleration and 10 pct weight reduction, over Season I racing trucks.