Tressler continues to make headway in Pembrey's Pickup Truck outing
Neil Tressler has continued refining Relssert Racing’s Isuzu truck and his own driving style and made real headway in Rounds 21, 22 and 23 of the 2013 Pickup Truck Racing Championship at Pembrey Race Circuit in South Wales (19-20 October).
The Relssert Racing driver achieved his maiden podium finish of the 2013 Pickup Truck Racing Championship at Donington Park in August, but opted to use the remainder of the season to test developments in preparation for his 2014 campaign.
Tressler, from Warwickshire, has introduced a host of developments and made numerous setup changes to his Isuzu truck to get the jump on his competitors next year.
And following a productive test at Rockingham Motor Speedway recently, the Relssert Racing team headed West of the border to the 1.45mile Pembrey Race Circuit in Wales for the penultimate round of this year’s Pickup Truck Racing season (19-20 October).
An experimental setup hindered Tressler’s progress at the Welsh circuit and, despite targeting top six grid slots in qualifying, he could only muster tge eighth and 11th fastest times in damp conditions.
The races provided some relief, as the Warwickshire-based driver used his raw speed to battle his way to seventh place in Round 21 on Saturday (19 October), before nursing his ailing Isuzu truck home in ninth place in Round 22.
The third Pickup Truck clash of the weekend on Sunday (20 October) brimmed with incident and intrigue.
Tressler surged from eighth on the grid up to third position in the opening stages, but was tipped into a spin at Spitfires that sent him to the tail end of the 16-truck field.
Naturally disappointed to be denied a potential podium finish, Tressler still feels there are a lot of positives to take away from his weekend in Wales.
“We’ve been on the receiving end of some bad luck and crazy driving this season and it’s frustrating to miss out on solid results, but particularly podium finishes,” said Tressler. “I was underwhelmed by my qualifying performance as I felt the top six was achievable, but I think we showed great race pace – we’ve changed one of two bits and pieces on the truck and I’m still honing some of my driving techniques too and I’ve seen real signs of improvement.
“I can take a lot of encouragement from Pembrey and, if the weather stays dry, I think we stand a chance of getting reasonable results in the season finale at Brands Hatch. My confidence has grown as I’ve gone up the order so I can only hope to continue on an upward trend from here.”
The final round of the 2013 Pickup Truck Racing Championship will be held at Brands Hatch in a fortnight’s time (2-3 November).