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Seddon Atkinson racing truck - scorton 09 - IMG 5182

A Seddon Atkinson based racing truck

Seddon Atkinson racing truck - scorton 09 - IMG 5184

Rear showing bumper bar and relocated air tanks and 'fifth wheel'

Truck Racing Stuart Oliver Brands Hatch Nov 2006

Truck Racing at Brands Hatch in November 2006

Truck racing is a form of motor racing which involves modified versions of heavy tractor units on racing circuits.

The sport started in Europe over twenty five years ago and enjoyed great success, but declined in the 1990s. However, in the last few years the profile of truck racing has increased, and currently over 30 teams regularly compete. The sporting regulations came under the control of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) later, to ensure that the vehicles conform to the layout and original style of the truck, whilst defining the safety standards required to race.

Maximum race speed is restricted to 160 km/h (100 mph) for safety reasons, and a minimum weight limit is 5500 kg. Races start from a rolling start, and commonly races last from 8 to 12 laps. Although a non contact sport, due to the physical size, and closeness of trucks to one another during races, minor collisions can often occur. However, injuries to drivers are very rare.

Unlike other forms of motor sport, race trucks look like, and conform to regulations, to ensure that major components used are the same as their road-going counterparts.

All drivers must hold a race licence issued by the Motor Sports Association, or the national motorsport body from the drivers country.

The makes of truck currently represented in truck racing cover most of the common marques over the last 20 years.

The regulations allow for trucks to compete in two classes, so trucks with less sophisticated engine management systems, suspension, and braking systems can compete effectively.

The organising body for truck racing is the British Truck Racing Association founded in 1984.

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