WESTBURY truck racer Trevor Martin is looking forward to getting back on the track when he tackles Thruxton next weekend.

The 40-year-old, who has been racing trucks since 2009, says it was a strange path which led him into the niche sport.

“I went to watch it and I always watched it with my dad, so then I thought that we could do that,” said Martin, whose truck is called the Wiltshire Flyer. “We are in transport and fuel distribution, we have trucks and places to store them so that is half of the battle.

“It is a massive labour to do it to be fair, it can be rewarding and it can be disappointing.

“It’s nothing like a road truck, they are more like race cars. You don’t feel like you’re in a massive truck when you are driving it because it is so fast.

“The acceleration and the braking on them is absolutely phenomenal, we have similar track times to Porsche 911s, which is quite impressive.”

Martin managed a third-place finish in his last outing in Pembrey, Wales, and admits the sport isn’t for the faint-hearted as the trucks, which can weigh up to five tonnes, are capable of reaching speeds of up to 100mph.

The 40-year-old, has also raced on the notorious Nurburgring track in Germany, plus some which are slightly closer to home such as Donnington, Pembrey and Snetterton.

With the Wiltshire Flyer currently second in the British Truck Racing Championship Division Two standings, Martin admits there is plenty still to play for with six races remaining.

Having raced on the course before, Martin insists that can be a good or a bad thing on what will prove to be a tricky track to negotiate.

“It can be an advantage, you always feel a bit better when you are on your home track but there is also more pressure,” added Martin.

“There are a lot of people who know you there and you are trying to win for everybody. It is a very fast and punishing track.

“It’s a flat track so there isn’t many sighting points through you cornering, it’s very open and very wide.

“It’s hard work to race but good fun if you get it right. I’m confident I can get it right because I like the track.”