Stuart Oliver wins the debut T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2014; Team Castrol Vecton clinches the Team Title

Mat Summerfield (Team Cummins), Stuart Oliver (Team Castrol Vecton), David Jenkins
(Team Tata Technologies Motorsports) at the winners podium, Buddh International Circuit
New Delhi, 23 March 2014: Stuart Oliver won the Sprint Race and the Main race to stand on top of the podium, while Team Castrol, comprising of Stuart and Dave Ball, who finished 3rd in the Sprint race and 5th in the main race, won the Team title.

India’s first truck racing championship – T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, concluded in grand style with an action-packed 45 minute final race with Stuart Oliver winning the debut championship. The powerful Tata Prima trucks proved to be a treat for motorsports fanatics in an intense race that witnessed a lot of edge-of-the-seats overtaking and high speed corner action. The debut season of the Championship on India’s F1 track, Buddh International Circuit, witnessed an audience of over 25000 screaming enthusiasts who cheered on the speeding Prima trucks. The winning Team Castrol Vecton was followed by Team Cummins and Team Tata Technologies Motor Sports in the final Team points standings.

The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship comprised two races, a 5-lap Sprint Race and a 15-lap Main Race, with the Champion Award granted to the winning driver on the basis on combined points from both the races. The Team Championship was awarded on the basis of the combined scores of the two drivers of the respective teams from both the races. The series used 12 heavily-modified Tata Prima beasts capable of putting out 370 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 110 km per hour driven by experienced international drivers.

Stuart Oliver, T1 Prima Truck Racing Champion 2014 said “It was an amazing experience. The track is beautiful and trucks were performing great. I am thrilled to have won the first ever Truck racing championship in India, among the enthusiastic crowd who were cheering each time we drove past the grand stand. I see a lot of potential of this sport here and would love to come back and race again.”

The main race of the T1 Prim Tuck Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater NOIDA.
Commenting on the successful weekend, Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director - Commercial Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We have had a tremendous day here for the truck racing with a really pumped-up atmosphere and we have been delighted by the response received for the launch of our debut truck racing event. Tata Prima trucks proved their racing prowess and build quality in this high intensity race. We are extremely delighted with the performance of T1 teams and drivers who have been supportive throughout the event. We would like to congratulate the winning team, sponsors and all participants for making this first of its kind, debut racing event, a historic day.”

Besides the winning drivers, there were top British truck racing drivers, including Bran John Burt, Dave Jenkins, Paul McCumisky, James Horne, Simon Ashley Reid, Richard Collett, Steven Powell, Steven Thomas and Graham Powell, showcased their driving skills during the event. The spectacle, the first-ever truck racing championship held in India, will certainly mark another small step forward for Indian motorsport as the country increasingly asserts itself on the global motor-racing stage.

T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship Results:
POINTS
Sl. No.
Name
Comp No
Team
Race 1
Race 2
Total
1
Stuart Oliver
1
CASTROL  VECTON
15
25
40
2
Dave Jenkins
10
TATA TECHNOLOGIES MOTOR SPORTS
12
15
27
3
Mathew Summerfield
19
CUMMINS
8
18
26
4
David Ball
9
CASTROL VECTON
10
10
20
5
Steven Powell
7
DEALER WARRIORS
5
12
17
6
Simon Reid
62
CUMMINS
3
8
11
7
Steve Thomas
12
DEALER DAREDEVILS
4
6
10
8
Steve Horne
0
-
6
0
6
9
Grahan Powell
24
DEALER DAREDEVILS
0
4
4
10
Paul Alan McCumisky
30
ALLIED PARTNERS
2
1
3
11
Ben Horne
2
DEALER WARRIORS
0
2
2
12
Richard Collett
15
ALLIED PARTNERS
1
0
1
13
Brian Burt
17
TATA TECHNOLOGIES MOTOR SPORTS
0
0
0
Position
TEAM
POINTS
1
CASTROL  VECTON
60
2
CUMMINS
37
3
TATA TECHNOLOGIES MOTOR SPORTS
27
4
DEALER WARRIORS
19
5
DEALER DAREDEVILS
14
6
ALLIED PARTNERS
4
*Steve Horne, competition number 00, was the wild card entry and the 13th driver for the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship – 5-lap Sprint Race today. Steve qualified in 4th position in the qualifying session held yesterday.
Stuart Oliver wins the debut T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2014; Team Castrol Vecton clinches the Team Title Stuart Oliver wins the debut T1 Prima Truck Racing  Championship 2014; Team Castrol Vecton clinches the Team Title Reviewed by raghav sarma on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Rating: 5
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