2016 HERALDS EXCITING NEW ERA FOR THE FIA EUROPEAN TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
The thunderous FIA European Truck Racing Championship (FIA ETRC) already attracts more than 450,000 event attendees a year. However, the appointment of new series promotor ETRA Promotion GmbH by the FIA World Motorsport Council for the next five years, is sure to begin a thrilling new chapter in the story of this championship.
ETRA Promotion will be responsible for the promotion and management of the series with a vision to:
- Increase the number of competitors
- Proactively contribute at FIA to an appealing sporting format and optimised technical regulations of the championship
- Develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with the teams
- Increase media exposure across TV, social, viral and print by spreading the word about what a fantastic spectacle the FIA ETRC is
- Promote the championship to new and existing fans to encourage them to follow the whole championship
- Attract new sponsors into the series who are looking to align themselves with this bold and strong series, which is so popular with its fans.
The original ETRA was formed on the 23 September 2014 and is based on 30 years of experience in the organisation of truck racing events. ETRA Promotion was then founded on 1st August 2015 and went on to be chosen as the FIA’s preferred option to manage and promote the FIA ETRC utilizing team members with experience from across the breadth of motorsport organisation, marketing and PR. The FIA ETRC events, promotion and website reflect the unique blend of awesome racing; an open and friendly paddock; great entertainment and an excellent platform for the whole industry.
What is ETRA’s vision for the ETRC in 2016?
On 10 July 2015 the European Truck Racing Association was granted the role as Promoter of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, one of the best spectator attended series in all motorsport.After its appointment by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and validation by the FIA Senate, ETRA Promotion GmbH was founded by the ADAC Mittelrheine.V. for the purpose of managing the championship.The vision of ETRA is to enhance the championship and secure a healthy and progressive strategy to ensure it stays as one of the most popular spectator motorsports.Additionally ETRA wishes to increase the media exposure of truck racing to build on its foundations and to appeal to more people so that it can grow in a sporting and commercial way. This will be done in a step by step process, focusing on fan engagement which in turn will capture greater commercial awareness and opportunity for the teams.
How does ETRA work with the FIA?
ETRA was chosen by the WMSC and FIA Senate and acts as the organiser and promoter of the championship.The Championship is sanctioned and enabled to compete by the FIA. The regulations and calendar are all ratified by the FIA.ETRA will work with the FIA in the same procedures that all FIA Championships adhere to. ETRA keeps that FIA informed in all its decisions, particularly its five year road map which includes Sporting, Organisational, Commercial and Marketing matters.
Do you see ETRC as a growth area of the sport, and why?
ETRA does see lots of opportunity for growth in the FIA ETRC going forward. It has identified several key areas such as fan engagement, new media, social-networking and consumer partnerships.These will be carried out over the five year plan to ensure a step-by-step process in establishing further awareness of ETRC across Europe.ETRA believes that the strong foundations laid by teams and circuits that have embraced FIA ETRC in the past should be used to trigger additional opportunities to market truck racing and cater for the significant demand the sport has. The aim is to achieve this for fans and consumers, which in turn will benefit the teams and suppliers in the championship through creative media/marketing opportunities and activations.
Will there be an evolution or revolution in ETRC in 2016?
It is very much a progressive evolution. ETRA has no intention of changing any of the key structural aspects of ETRC either in sporting or technical terms. In any case it cannot do this, as the only entity able to achieve this is the FIA. ETRA does not have any plans to change what is a successful and popular branch of motorsport.As an example ETRA is looking at potentially running a Challengers Cup for race-by-race entrants but this is not yet fully decided and will only be done with after close consultation with the teams and FIA.Also, there are no plans at all for ETRA to bring back the Super Race trucks. This will not happen at all.ETRA has built a team over the last 12 months which has a strong emphasis on experienced motorsport professionals who have an advanced outlook on how to further the FIA ETRC in a variety of key areas, but at the same time remaining true to its core values.
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KISS CROWNED 2022 CHAMPION
With five races in hand, Norbert Kiss took the win in the penultimate Le Mans Bugatti race to be crowned the 2022 Drivers’ Champion.
MATCH POINT FOR KISS AS HE TAKES CLEAN SWEAP OF POLES IN LE MANS
With the possibility to wrap up the Drivers’ Championship in Race Three, Norbert Kiss is showing the pressure isn’t getting to him, taking a clean sweep of poles at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit.
CALVET VICTORIOUS IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD
With the grandstands verging on full, Téo Calvet gave his home supporters something to cheer about taking double victory in the second race of the Le Mans weekend.
HAHN DENIES EARLY CHAMPIONSHIP WIN DESPITE KISS VICTORY
In terms of winning the championship early, Norbert Kiss did everything he needed to, winning Race One, but Jochen Hahn’s fourth place confirmed the title won’t be decided today.
12TH POLE FOR KISS BRINGS HIM ONE STEP CLOSER TO 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP
Norbert Kiss will start the first race of the Le Mans Bugatti weekend from pole position, bringing him one step closer to wrapping up the 2022 Drivers’ Championship.
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KISS TAKES POLE IN WET ZOLDER QUALIFYING
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PROMOTER’S CUP REVIEW MOST
Jamie Anderson returned to racing after the summer break with a bang, as he took two overall and two Promoter’s Cup wins last weekend at Most.
ANDERSON DOMINATES MOST DESPITE TURBO TROUBLES
Jamie Anderson has taken his fourth overall victory of the season and ninth Promoter’s Cup win in a dominant lights-to-flag display for the final race at Most.
KISS NARROWLY BEATS LENZ TO MOST POLE TWO
With one of the narrowest margins the Goodyear FIA ETRC has seen all season, Norbert Kiss just beat Sascha Lenz to pole for the second qualifying session at Autodrom Most.
ANDERSON VICTORIOUS IN LAST CORNER DIVE
Jamie Anderson had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last corner of Race Two, stealing a hard fought victory from Lukas Hahn.
KISS WINS DRAMATIC MOST RACE ONE
Extending his championship lead, Norbert Kiss conducted another lights-to-flag victory ahead of a dramatic race behind him.
KISS CONTINUES POLE RUN IN RECORD-BREAKING STYLE
Norbert Kiss has taken pole position ahead of the first race at Autodrom Most, breaking the lap time record set in 2009.
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ANDERSON TAKES SECOND OVERALL WIN IN SPECTACULAR COMEBACK
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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.
JOCHEN HAHN TAKES FIRST 2022 POLE AMID KISS BLACK SMOKE ISSUES
Jochen Hahn has continued the winning streak started by his son Lukas Hahn yesterday, taking his first pole position of the season for Race Three of his home event.
LUKAS HAHN TAKES MAIDEN WIN IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD
Lukas Hahn had a flawless second race at the Nürburgring, taking his maiden Goodyear FIA ETRC victory in front of his home crowd.
VICTORIOUS KISS ON NÜRBURGRING RETURN
Following his pattern from the season, Norbert Kiss has converted his pole position into a win for Race One in dominant style.
KISS STRIKES AGAIN FOR SEVENTH POLE
Continuing to be unbeatable over one lap, Norbert Kiss has taken his seventh pole of the season.
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It was a clean sweep in the Promoter’s Cup at the Slovakia Ring, as British racer Jamie Anderson took four category wins and topped his weekend off by claiming his first overall race victory.
THREE OUT OF FOUR FOR KISS IN SLOVAKIA
Norbert Kiss has repeated his Hungaroring performance, taking three of the four race victories on offer during the Slovakia Ring event.
Lights-to-flag win for Kiss in Race 3
Converting another pole position to race victory, Norbert Kiss has claimed his 70th Goodyear FIA ETRC victory.
Kiss nets sixth pole of the season
Norbert Kiss has kept up his qualifying dominance by taking another pole position ahead of the third race at the Slovakia Ring.
ANDERSON DEFIES KISS FOR INAUGURAL OVERALL WIN
The dust was flying in the second race at the Slovakia Ring as Jamie Anderson defended hard to hold onto reverse pole claiming his first Goodyear FIA ETRC overall victory.
KISS TAKES WIN IN RACE 1 AT THE SLOVAKIA RING
In another dominant display, Norbert Kiss has added another win to his name in 2022, extending his championship lead over Sascha Lenz and Jochen Hahn.
KISS DOES IT AGAIN TO TAKE FIRST SLOVAKIAN POLE
Remaining the only driver of 2022 to take pole position from a qualifying session, Norbert Kiss will start the first Slovakia Ring race from the front of the grid.
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The battle in the Promoter’s Cup is heating up, as Shane Brereton takes over the lead in the standings with a double win in Budapest.
HOME HAT-TRICK FOR KISS
In a disappointing end to the weekend for Téo Calvet, that saw him retiring from the lead of the race, Norbert Kiss claimed a hat-trick of victories at his home event.
DOUBLE DOMINATION FOR KISS IN HUNGARY
For the second day in a row, Norbert Kiss has converted his pole position to race victory at the Hungaroring.
39TH POLE FOR KISS FOR HUNGARORING RACE THREE
Norbert Kiss has continued his run of scoring every pole position in 2022, taking qualifying two in his usual dominant fashion.
LACKO TAKES FIRST WIN OF SEASON AFTER RED FLAG CHAOS
Adam Lacko took his first win of the season in a red flag restarted second Hungarian race.
HOMETOWN HERO KISS DOMINATES RACE 1
Bringing home the first victory of the weekend and converting his pole from yesterday, Norbert Kiss was in a league of his own. Crossing the line 9.3 seconds ahead of the rest of the grid, his win was never in question nor under threat.
KISS TAKES POLE AT HOME EVENT
After having dominated the free practice sessions on Friday, Norbert Kiss stayed on top for qualifying, taking pole position for the first race of his home event.
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Promoter’s Cup review Misano
French driver Téo Calvet took three victories in the first round of the season, while his closest competitor Shane Brereton prevented him from taking a clean sweep.
LENZ BECOMES THIRD WINNER OF 2022
Having featured on every podium this weekend, Sascha Lenz ended the Misano weekend in the best way, taking his first win of the season.
KISS ON TOP AGAIN IN MISANO
It was another made to look easy race victory for Norbert Kiss, who has extended his championship lead after race 3.
DOUBLE MISANO POLE FOR KISS
Racing in a class of his own, Norbert Kiss took pole position for the third race at Misano World Circuit with a comfortable four-tenth advantage.
ALBACETE TAKES FIRST WIN SINCE 2019
Antonio Albacete took the second victory of the weekend at Misano World Circuit after passing René Reinert for the lead of the race at the halfway point.
UNSTOPPABLE KISS TAKES 64TH VICTORY
With a text book lights to flag win, Norbert Kiss took the first win of the 2022 season at the Misano World Circuit.
FIRST POLE OF 2022 TAKEN BY KISS
Picking right back up from where he left off in 2021, Norbert Kiss has put his Révész Racing truck on pole for the first race of the season.
The Goodyear FIA ETRC is back in action this weekend, as the new season kicks off in Misano, Italy on 21/22 May with fans returning to the track.
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