Tressler set to ignite title charge and 'Pickup' silverware at Rockingham - 09/05/13
Relssert Racing’s Neil Tressler will endeavour to ignite his charge on the 2013 Pickup Truck Racing Championship at the banked Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire this weekend (11-12 May).
The Warwickshire-based driver had a wretched start to his 2013 campaign at Brands Hatch three weeks ago (21 April).
He was devastated when he was forced to spectate from the side-lines after his Isuzu truck’s engine let go while battling for a top four finish in the weekend’s opening encounter.
The ultra-competitive Pickup Truck Racing Championship heads to Rockingham’s immense 1.5-mile banked oval circuit this weekend (11-12 May) as it continues its tour of some of the UK’s greatest race tracks, which also takes in the historic Magny Cours circuit in France.
Tressler, the 2011 Rockingham Oval Vice Champion, switched from Ford to 2.3-litre Vauxhall engines this season and aims to deploy that extra grunt to finally get his 2013 title bid off the ground.
“Our weekend at Brands Hatch was a massive anti-climax,” said Tressler. “We clearly had the pace to fight at the sharp end and I’m in no doubt that we would have finished in the top five in both races had we not been blighted by terminal mechanical issues.
“My wife is very superstitious and reckons I shouldn’t say this, but I am hoping for big things at Rockingham. It’s such an enjoyable oval to drive when you get in a rhythm and I feel pretty confident that we can deliver and come away from the weekend with some silverware.”
Tressler and his Pickup Truck Racing counterparts will reach speeds of 150mph while inches away from the formidable concrete walls that line the banked oval track, but the Warwickshire racer isn't daunted, saying: “I'm not intimidated by Rockingham, but the solid concrete walls definitely focus the mind. The speeds you reach are incredible and there’s little margin for error.
“Drafting is very important and getting your timing right is a fine art. It’s all about being in the right position on the final lap – just because you lead out of the final corner doesn’t mean you’re going to win.”