JP Truck Racing

BTRC 2024 Season Opener at Brands Hatch – Easter 2024

It really has felt like a long dark Winter so the opening round of the British Truck Racing Championship 2024 at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend really couldn’t have come soon enough. And the team really started the season with vigour and determination too.

We had a full paddock with sponsors cheering us on from Greenhous Groups Adam Morey Ltd and RSM Driver Training. Their presence really did lift the team’s spirits on and off the track.

Race 1 was an epic battle between John Powell and Paul Rivett. With John leading, a collision with Paul saw the number 6 truck with major damage and a puncture. He battled on to defend that position but with less than a minute to go, a shunt from the rear by Paul Rivett saw John on the grass. Not where he really wanted to be.

John limped back for a very respectable 3rd place finish but Sunday racing was finished for the team. Whilst unfortunate, this did not deter or dampen the team’s spirit and along with help from some of the trackside recovery operators, they completed repairs early hours Monday morning. A big thanks to those recovery guys!

Bank holiday Monday. A different day but same steely determination. During the 1st race, John had clutch issues but still managed to bring the truck home in 2nd place. His experience really showed here. Once the clutch was swapped out, the truck performed brilliantly, and John finished with another 2nd place in race 2.

By the last race of the day the truck was really running well. Track time very often helps iron out any pre-season niggles and this race really was the proof of the pudding. John, starting from 12th position on the grid with nearest rival Paul Rivett starting on pole, made his way through the pack. John was even picking off division 1 drivers to catch up and overtake the leading division 2 truck putting John in a well-deserved first place and heading for his first win of the weekend.

Unfortunately, a red flag incident stopped the race just after Johns overtake and because that lap wasn’t completed, John lost out on the 1st place win. His experience and superior driving saw him with a 5th place finish overall in that race and whilst the weekend saw a few frustrations, the team left with some silverware and managed some competitive real-time testing too, ready for the next rounds. We should also note that John scored the fastest lap time in the last race too.

John will be charging his way to next event at Pembrey, South Wales on 18th/19th May.