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CONVOY IN THE PARK: Three different winners on Sunday at Donington

Sunday, August 22 2021

There were three different winners in the British Truck Racing Championship on Sunday at Donington Park, as the 2021 edition of Convoy in the Park came to an end in fine style.

John Newell dominated the opening truck race of the day, which was restarted after a first corner collision between several of the Division One front-runners. Newell finished ahead of Jonathan Willis, while an intense fight for third place saw David Jenkins and Ryan Smith, both involved in the turn one drama, go wheel to wheel for the entire contest. With four minutes to go they were joined by Martin Gibson, with the trio lapping as one for a couple of laps. Jenkins held onto third ahead of Smith, who was briefly passed by Gibson only to fight back on the final lap.

Gibson claimed his second win of the weekend in the second race of the day after late drama for Smith. The championship leader led the entire race, but with just a few minutes remaining, he retired from the race in a cloud of smoke. Gibson blasted past the five-time champion at the Craner Curves while Newell claimed another podium with second, just three tenths of a second behind. Jenkins was third for the second successive race.

The third and final contest of the day was held in considerably wetter conditions, and saw a commanding victory for Jenkins, who finished over six seconds clear of Gibson, with O'Rourke third after surviving a last corner spill with Mark Taylor.

Elsewhere, there was additional racing from the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Championship, Legends Cars National Championship and from three different Caterham categories, with the first race of the day decided by just one thousandth of a second!

Off track highlights continued too, with spectators able to enjoy the hundreds of show trucks and take a drive for themselves on the Heritage Loop. The Live Action Arena operated throughout the day and included a caravan smash, rallycross demonstrations and auto tests, while plenty of other family activities kept the fans entertained despite a bit of inclement weather.

British Truck Racing Championship, race three, top-six:
1. John Newell, MAN TGS, 11 laps
2. Jonathan Willis, MAN TGA, +7.076s
3. David Jenkins, MAN TGX, +11.015s
4. Ryan Smith, Mercedes Actros, +11.448s
5. Martin Gibson, MAN TGX, +12.425s
6. Steven Thomas, MAN TGA, +16.847s

British Truck Racing Championship, race four, top-six:
1. Martin Gibson, MAN TGX, 9 laps
2. John Newell, MAN TGS, +0.629
3. David Jenkins, MAN TGX, +11.297s
4. Mark Taylor, MAN TGA, +15.724s
5. Tom O'Rourke, MAN TGA, +19.070
6. Jonathan Willis, MAN TGA, +23.847s

British Truck Racing Championship, race five, top-six
1. David Jenkins, MAN TGX, 9 laps
2. Martin Gibson, MAN TGX+6.553s
3. Tom O'Rourke, MAN TGA, +17.632s
4. Mark Taylor, MAN TGA, +28.136s
5. Jonathan Willis, MAN TGA, +31.077s
6. John Newell, MAN TGS, +32.448s

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