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Truck Racing at Brands Hatch!

Truck Racing at Brands Hatch!

Truck racing - to many this possibly conjures up images of being sat on a two-lane dual carriageway while one lorry slowly overtakes the other at an incredibly small speed differential, causing what seems like an endless delay. But no, truck racing as we are going to see today, and that you can have at home courtesy of Scalextric, is very different!

BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019

Let’s start by getting the obvious out the way. No, they don’t race with the trailers attached, as much fun as that may be!

BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019

Secondly, these are very different machines to what you see on the roads near you. Far from being the standard sort of trucks you see out and about, these are thoroughbred machines designed for one purpose: racing.

With just north of 1000bhp being developed from the 12,000 CC engines, these racing trucks are able to accelerate to 60mph in the same time as a Porsche 911 Turbo and are much more spectacular to watch as they drift around every corner of the short Brands Hatch Indy course. Limited to 100mph for safety, the trucks seem to bump draft down straights which is some feat in a machine weighing 5.5 tonnes. With no ABS or water-cooled brakes, the hiss and steam as they stand on the pedal heading into Druids only adds to the excitement and atmosphere.

BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019

On the recent Easter weekend, the first round of the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA) series for 2019 took place with a bumper crowd at Brand Hatch. With some absolutely breath-taking action, the racing was incredible. Speaking of racing, as we mentioned at the start, you can recreate truck racing at home with Scalextric models like the recently released C4089 Gulf Racing Truck!

Handling just like the real thing, this truck won’t win many races in a long straight line, but watch it drift round the bends and when you have two racing trucks together they can rub and bash along through the entire course as they just fit the tight confines of your track.

Scalextric Gulf Racing Truck C4089

However, back at Brands Hatch, the BTRA truck racing was hugely enjoyable. Just take a look at the images below to see just what a treat it was – in many respects it does this fantastic series more justice than I can!

BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019
BTRA at Brands Hatch 2019

As always, I’d like to thank Gary Hawkins for these excellent shots of the weekend’s action, and I’ll be back soon with another write up from Brands Hatch.

Simon

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