O'REGAN ROCKS IN ROCKINGHAM!
*First win in the UK Pick-Up Truck Racing Series for the Corkman
Rockingham, the one-and-a-half mile oval track in Corby was the race venue for Cork's David O'Regan to achieve his
first ever win in the British Pick-Up Truck Championship. The Ford Ranger racer secured the hard fought victory
after qualifying 7th for the final race from the two rounds (18/19) held on his second visit to the south London
circuit this season.
David always finds it difficult to get his head around the oval track as it lends itself to NASCAR style racing
with 'drafting' happening all the time.This is where the race cars tuck-in behind each other to gain speed from
the reduced drag and provide momentum to overtake.As this is David's second season in the Series, he has matured
from a leading 'Rokkie' to a top 5 contender overall. "It's not just about thrashing the truck around the track as
fast as possible, but to maintain good pace throughout the race.To be in a good position for the final few laps is
what really counts," explained David to Fleet Transport, one of his backers in the Championship.
Since David's last appearence in Rockingham, a new US sourced Butler seat was fitted to his 248hp 2.3litre powered
Ford Ranger which gave him added confidence. Having secured a second placing in Thruxton earlier in the season,
David went one better in Round 19, but only just! He took the lead in the final lap of 35 to take the chequred
flag by a mere 0.14 seconds! " I have discoverd that everything is possible and to never give up," stated a
delighted David from the podium, cheered on by his father John who runs O'Regan Transport/Parcel Force Ireland. In the true spirit
of the Series, David did a few celebratory donuts on the home straight to further entertain the crowd.
So, the 22 year old former LIT student chalked up 360 points from the 2 races (200 for the win and 160 points for
9th in the earlier round) to move up to fifth overall in the Championship table with 3033 points.
Motors TV will feature the 22 year olds success on 13 September.