Paul Rivett enjoyed the strongest weekend of his British Truck Racing Championship career to date at Donington Park as he claimed two dominant victories and was consistently on the pace throughout the meeting.
The Tachosys-sponsored driver qualified third for the opening Division 2 race but things soon went downhill when he had to pit at the end of the green flag lap to change a setting on his MAN TGA truck. That left the WDE driver right at the back of the field but Rivett did climb to eighth by the flag.
That was a significant position as it put him on pole for the reversed-grid second contest. And Rivett just drove off into the distance, crushing the opposition to take a comfortable 12.6-second victory.
“We were managing the gap as well!” said a delighted Rivett. “It was a boring win but we needed that after the first race.”
There was more success for Rivett on the second day of the meeting too, as he claimed another strong win from third on the grid in race three.
A great start to the finale suggested the four-time Renault UK Clio Cup champion could add a third triumph but a clutch problem put Rivett out early on.
“I was eighth on the grid for the final race but was into second at the first corner,” he said. “But a lap or so later the clutch went and that was that. We very nearly made it a hat-trick, which was a bit of a shame – we had the potential to do so much better than we did.”
Despite the disappointment in races one and four, Rivett says it was still a very encouraging weekend.
“There’s lots of positives being as quick as we were all weekend,” he added. “I feel like I’m getting on top of the driving style for the truck more and more.”
Rivett’s next truck races take place at Snetterton in September, but before then he will tackle the Fun Cup’s annual Anglesey endurance race this weekend.