January 12, 2023

ETRA announces Young DRIVERS CHAMPION CATEGORY

The European Truck Racing Association (ETRA) announced today the introduction of a new category in the ETRC.

The Goodyear FIA ETRC Young Drivers Champion Category aims to boost the prospects of young truck racing drivers and to find the next European Truck Racing Champion.

The framework for the new category was outlined in the 2023 sporting regulations, ratified by the FIA in the World Motorsport Council meeting last month.

Drivers younger than 30 will be able to enter the new category, and points will be allocated in an independent classification and according to the same scales of points as for the Drivers’ classifications.

“There is a pool of young truck racers in Europe and we wanted to create a category to make racing on European level more appealing for them,” said Rolf Werner, managing director of ETRA Promotion.

“The level in our series is very competitive and it’s challenging for a young driver to break through. We’ve had some up and coming talent on the grid in recent years, like our reigning Promoter’s Cup Champion Téo Calvet, who is only 21 years old, or regular ETRC participant and reigning French champion José Eduardo Rodrigues, who is 23. 

They and other drivers like Lukas Hahn, Aliyyah Koloc and Emma Mäkinen have shown some incredible racing skills and with the new category we wanted to acknowledge the achievements of young, talented drivers in our competition and celebrate their abilities in our series.”

Full details of the framework will be announced in due course.