Relssert Racing’s Neil Tressler scooped two top-ten finishes on his return to the Pickup Truck Racing Series at Donington Park this weekend (June 30th/1st July), as the series played a support role to the FIA European Truck Racing Championship in front of bumper-crowds.
Tressler, who made his debut in the EURO-RACECAR NASCAR Touring Series as support to the DTM at Brands Hatch back in May, qualified in 12th and 8th position respectively for rounds 10 & 11 of the UK based championship.
Series front-runner Tressler, whose wealth of experience includes a fourth place overall in the series and a second place in the Rockingham Championship in 2011, got away well despite a slower than usual rolling start as the pack charged into Redgate Corner for the first time.
The determined Warwickshire based racer’s pace showed in the early stages of the race, until contact with Charlie Weaver at the Old Hairpin saw Tressler recover to take the chequered flag in his own company in tenth position.
The final race of the weekend saw Tressler start from fourth position after amendments made to the grid allocation prior, and despite making a good start, Tressler soon found himself under increased pressure from the chasing pack after a clutch issue in the early stages of the race.
Despite the issue that blighted Tressler’s charge for a top-six finish, he was able to bring his number 37-truck home in a mature driver that saw him seal his second top-ten finish of the weekend.
“Things didn’t quite go the way that we wanted them to at Donington,” explained Tressler. “I’m pleased that we were able to finish inside the top-ten on both encounters however.”
“We are heading to Tours this weekend to compete in our second EURO-RACECAR NASCAR Touring Series outing so to get some time on track has been the perfect preparation.”
Tressler’s next outing will now see the racer embark on his second outing in the NASCAR affiliated EURO-RACECAR NASCAR Touring Series this weekend (6/7/8 July) in Tours, France. The temporary D-Shaped oval circuit will be the first race of its kind in Europe.
(Image courtesy of Graham Holbon)