Relssert Racing’s Neil Tressler is brimming with confidence ahead of Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2013 Pickup Truck Racing Championship at Hampshire’s ultra-high speed Thruxton circuit (1-2 June).
The Warwickshire-based racer has had a troubled start to his 2013 campaign, suffering reliability issues at Brands Hatch’s season-opener, before struggling to find the optimal setup to cope with the demands of Rockingham Motor Speedway’s banked oval three weeks ago.
The Pickup Truck Racing Championship will once again run in tandem with the heavyweights of motorsport in the British Truck Racing Championship when it resumes at Thruxton this weekend (1-2 June).
Tressler, the 2011 Rockingham Oval Vice Champion, and his Pickup Truck Racing counterparts will reach mindboggling speeds around the rapid 2.36-mile lap and will be teetering on the limits of adhesion as they negotiate the infamously quick Church corner at over 120mph.
And with Relssert Racing’s Isuzu truck boasting uprated 2.3-litre Vauxhall power in 2013, Tressler is brimming with optimism heading to the superfast Thruxton circuit.
“I’ve always gone pretty well around Thruxton and, as I have extra power at my disposal compared to previous years, I truly believe we can get our championship charge under way this weekend,” said Tressler. “I would expect to qualify reasonably well and make up places during the races. My goal is to start inside the top ten and climb to the top five places.
“Thruxton is an exciting, high-speed freight train of a circuit. You’re on the edge, particularly in the final two sectors of the lap; with no weight over the truck’s rear end, it skips from one side of the track to the other in the high-speed sections. It’s a really strange, yet satisfying sensation, but it can get quite hairy.”
Pickup Truck Racing Championship qualifying is scheduled to take place at 13.30 on Saturday (1 June), with Rounds 5 and 6 on Sunday (2 June) at 11.00 and 15.40 respectively.