SECOND HAHN VICTORY AT THE NÜRBURGRING
Repeating the lights to flag feat his son achieved yesterday, Jochen Hahn took the win in the first race on Sunday.
It was a fairly straight forward race for the German, getting a clean start off the line and slowly stretching out his advantage. When Sascha Lenz, who had a scare on the starting grid as his truck wouldn’t turn over (the issue was battery related but the German managed to get it started in time for lights out), began trying to reel Hahn back in to challenge for the lead. The pace of the trucks were so similar that Hahn held on to take the win, his first victory since Misano 2021.
Antonio Albacete completed the podium, having started third.
Norbert Kiss did not disappoint in his recovery up the field. Starting tenth, he was sixth by the fist corner and putting a lot of pressure on Adam Lacko for fifth. Lacko did a great job of keeping Kiss behind, benefiting the championship contenders in slowing down his progress. At the halfway point, Kiss threw a move up the inside of Lacko, the pair making a little contact, but both carrying on as Kiss moved up into fifth.
It took the Hungarian only a few laps to close down Steffi Halm’s three second advantage in fourth, passing her to finish just off the podium. Lacko also passed Halm before the chequered flag, dropping her to sixth.
Téo Calvet took another Promoter’s Cup win, only really having a small battle with Kiss in the opening stages of the race. Seventh overall, he will start the final race of the weekend on the front row with his Promoter’s Cup championship rival Jamie Anderson beside him.
After not taking part in qualifying and starting from the back of the grid, Anderson had an incredible race. He escaped being tangled in first lap contact between Shane Brereton and Jose Rodrigues and began climbing up the field, to look like he was going to mount a challenge for class win. Had there been two more laps in the race, Anderson really might have won it, as he crossed the line half a second behind Calvet.
André Kursim had a penalty for lambda readings, bringing it across the line just outside of the reverse grid positions in ninth. With a clean race, Steffen Faas took another class podium, rounding off the top ten.
Anthony Janiec once again found himself just outside of the point scoring positions, making this very much a weekend he would like to forget. Behind him, Lukas Hahn led Brereton, Rodrigues, Clemens Hecker, Emma Mäkinen, Luis Recuenco and Stefan Kursch over the line, with all 18 trucks finishing the race.