Stone motorsport favourite Dave Jenkins insists he is taking nothing for granted in his quest to regain the British Truck Racing Association Championship – despite making a flying start to the season.
Jenkins – known as the MAN in Black – heads to Thruxton for round three of the championship season on the weekend of June 13-14 leading the way in the overall standings.
The first two meetings of the season have seen Jenkins win five of the 10 races, with two of his successes coming at Brands Hatch in April and the other three at the end of May at Pembrey in Wales.
Now Jenkins, who is sponsored by leading oil blender Morris Lubricants, a British company that has been manufacturing lubricants in Shrewsbury since 1869, is aiming to extend his current four-point lead over rival Mat Summerfield as he aims to reclaim the championship title he last won in 2011.
The 39-year-old said:
“When we started the season, the mission was very much to be challenging for the title. We made a lot of improvements over the winter and had a brand new truck with that target in mind.
“The first two meetings have gone well and we have got the momentum going into Thruxton which is really important.
“But the hard work has only just started. There isn’t much between the top five in the championship this season – particularly with the reverse grid format for the vast majority of races – so every race victory you get is precious and extremely hard fought.”
Victory in the opening race at Pembrey meant Jenkins started from the back of the grid for the second race. His cause wasn’t helped by being caught up in an incident involving other trucks but the Stone driver recovered well to finish fifth.
Damp conditions greeted the start of race three and problems with chassis balance and overheating brakes meant Jenkins was unable to improve from his starting position of fifth.
After the team worked to repair the problems, Jenkins made a blistering start to race four, moving from fifth to first in the opening lap en route to securing a second race win of the weekend.
The finishing touches to an excellent weekend were then applied when he cut through the field in the last race, which included a red flag, to clinch his third race success.