Eventful weekend at Thruxton for Relssert Racing's Neil Tressler -19/06/14
It was a very eventful weekend for Relssert Racing’s Neil Tressler as the 2014 Pickup Truck Racing headed to Thruxton in Hampshire this weekend.
Qualifying got under way late Saturday afternoon with Tressler soon putting in some quick laps, qualifying eighth in session one. As session two began the Warwickshire based driver put in a lightening time earning him a solid second place, it was only in the last few minutes of the session when he was forced down the ranks nevertheless managing a highly respectable fifth place - placing him on pole for Sunday’s race two. With the pickups gridded for race one which saw the #37 Isuzu Pickup Truck of Neil Tressler sitting alongside 2013 Champion Antony Hawkins on row four of the grid, it was time to go green. Tressler maintained position getting a great start however it wasn’t long before he was spun out putting him straight to the back of the grid. Powering his way through, Tressler rapidly battled his way back up to tenth place where he finished respectively.
A brief gap between races one and two saw a brisk cam belt change courtesy of AP Racing Engines.
Starting from pole Tressler was raring to go, a flying start saw only two trucks managing to squeeze past on the swift 2.36 mile track. However disaster stuck on lap nine at Village corner, just before the notorious 120mph Church corner. With a vast amount of oil on the track surface the #37 Isuzu Pickup Truck lost all traction and quickly gained momentum as it swerved off the track across the damp grass, Tressler was unable to regain control, narrowly missing the armco and ending up at Post 12.
“I would just like to take the time to thank all the marshals on post 12 and the doctor who got over to me so fast” say Tressler “It was quite a shock how quickly the truck gained speed, I’m just glad everyone is ok”
The next stop for the 2014 Pickup Truck Racing Championship see the pickups venture overseas to Holland for 5 races over 2 day at Raceway Venray 'The Fastest 1/2 Mile Oval in Europe'