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27th July 2009
Despite a weekend of mechanical issues, UKT Racing had a fantastic result at the Nurburgring over the weekend sending the team right back into the running for a championship title for 2009. After a disappointing start to the season, the best result had been a 3rd place at Pembrey some 3 months ago. Following the break and extensive work, the team were out to bring home some ‘safe’ points from Germany. Coming second in the first race running safe, it was all to play for in the second race.

Back in the zone, 2008 championship runner up Elton Boocock, was out to score some much needed points but under team orders to take a safe second rather than a risky first. The start went well for a second day running and Elton was in a good second position as the trucks came around the Schumacher complex for a third time. Out of the exit and it all went very wrong for Boocock. Selecting the correct gear, the truck simply revved and went nowhere. Then presuming the gear was wrong, Elton quickly tried another and the same thing happened. As the rest of the competition came past, a third gear finally proved more successful until a fourth gear was chosen and the same go nowhere effect took place. Whilst trying to keep eyes out on the rest of the field, Boocock realized he had lost half of his gearbox and set back off into the race with every other gear intact. Sadly, the gears that were used less on the grueling track, renowned for being a ‘truck killer’!

Showing the resilience we have come to expect from the UKT Racing Driver, Elton pursued the pack and was quickly in a comfortable fourth position. The contentious issue of smoke which has haunted truck racing for the last few years was to finally prove useful to the team that makes a lot of effort to ‘keep it clean’ and run by the rules of ‘no black smoke’. 1st and 2nd position trucks were pulled in for ‘fuel alterations’ putting Boocock up to 2nd place against rival Andy Lovenberry. Suddenly the safe second team rule was out of the side window (which was missing from an earlier race). Elton set his sights on first place and anything less would have been unsatisfactory. Putting pressure on Lovenberry until he finally went wide allowing the number 81 silver blue Seddon Atkinson to come through. Andy wasn’t going to give in easily and the chicane proved a chance for him to get back, leaving Elton with a missing wing and new ‘artwork’ down the side of the 5.5 tonne truck. UKT Racing was in first place with 6 laps to go. The 2 more powerful trucks pulled for ‘fuel adjustments’ were back on the track and in hot pursuit and the race was by no means over. Finally seeing the chequered flag, Elton was ecstatic as he had achieved his first number 1 spot in a 3, 2, 1 podium trio.

The action doesn’t stop there. The team are now rebuilding the engine and finding the gearbox problem ahead of the next leg of the British championship. Boocock is very hopeful about the next round at Donington on the 8/9th of August.

As always, the team would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors. Without whom, we could not compete at this level.


Other news……

Following the appearance at Shepton Mallet Truckfest, conversations are underway regarding an event to include Rick Yemn from the popular TV series Ice Road Truckers. Rick (somewhat controversially) had a ‘try’ in the race truck at the event. Whilst my donut was way bigger and better(!!), he may be able to generate some further publicity for the team and sponsors. Watch this space…..

 



Other News

The final rounds of the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship were as dramatic as ever at the famous Brands Hatch circuit. 2008 Runner up and winner of the last 4 rounds, Elton Boocock was spectacularly knocked off the track by the new Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.

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The 2009 comeback continues as Boocock roars to three consecutive wins at Pembrey. . Following the 2nd and 1st place finishes earlier in the year at the last weekends racing in Thruxton, the reliability of both Truck and Driver is showing through.

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After a grueling weekend, the UKT Racing team managed to pull off a stunning 2nd place finish followed within an hour with a 1st place chequered flag!

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Despite a weekend of mechanical issues, UKT Racing had a fantastic result at the Nurburgring over the weekend sending the team right back into the running for a championship title for 2009.

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The Pembrey weekend racing of rounds 3,4 and 5 of the Delphi British Truck Racing championship took place in the glorious sunshine, but a cloud was hangign over the UKT racing team. Dogged with proble

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The opening rounds of the BTRA championship saw Elton Boocock in the barrier, not once, but twice. Struggling to keep up with the increased power of the M11’s, Elton had to push himself and the silver

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The final rounds of the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship went perfectly for Elton Boocock as he stuck to the plan and secured the position of Championship runner up.

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A very successful weekend at Pembrey, South Wales saw UKT Racing on the Podium 3 times during the last weekend.

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After a disastrous weekend at Donington only 7 days ago, Boocock has stormed back to take 2nd place in the Delphi British Truck Racing Championship once again.

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It was a day of firsts for Elton. First in qualifying, First to be spun on the First corner and First to give piggy back.

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UKT Racing where back in the action at the Nurburgring in Germany. Stalling problems during the press day led to an engine strip down and rebuild over the Thursday afternoon and evening.

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First Time win for Boocock. After a gruelling weekend Boocock emerges B class winner! During qualifying Boocock’s throttle cable snapped at the end of the first lap. Fortunately enough to qualify, unfortunately in 8th place! Within 4 laps of the first race he managed to work his way through the pack and was about to take pole position from Gary George. After a gruelling weekend Boocock emerges B class winner!

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Elton Boocock seemed to excel in the treacherous conditions for the opening rounds of the championship. The 2008 Delphi British Truck Racing Championship started with the extra spectacle of snow.

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No-one could have predicted what would happen 36 seconds into the race. Take a lookat the videos! So we now have a big winter ahead.

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