AMAZING ALBACETE TAKES COMEBACK WIN IN RACE 4
After a dramatic start to Race 3 that nearly saw the Spaniard unable to restart the race, Antonio Albacete brought his highly damaged truck to overall victory to end the weekend on a high.
It was a much more subdued start to the last race of the weekend, with Mark Taylor leading the 14-stong grid across the line. The Brit had looked to hold off Albacete, who started alongside him, and retained the lead going through Turn 1. It was, once again, Turn 3 where disaster struck, as coming out of the third corner Taylor went wide. He managed to keep his truck going, cutting across the grass run off area, but not losing any speed for the corner, he re-entered the track with some pace. It was a very close call and a worse incident could have occurred, but Taylor managed to get the truck back under control to only brush up alongside at the time third-placed Sascha Lenz.
Body work came off the SL Apollo Tyres Trucksport machine, but both contenders were able to continue. The loss of momentum, however, cost Taylor who dropped down the field, getting back into the fight for overall P6.
Albacete, now with an advantage over the field avoiding Taylor re-joining, began to stretch out a lead that would become six seconds by the end of the race. The Spaniard commented in post-race interviews that it had been a bad weekend with bad luck throughout, and he was glad to give the team a victory to thank them for all their hard work.
Behind the leader, Lenz had been trying to make inroads on his growing gap, but soon found himself preoccupied with Norbert Kiss, pushing him to try to demote him from second overall. Kiss had a good start, getting up to sixth before the Taylor incident promoted him to fifth. He made quick work of a still struggling Jochen Hahn and Steffi Halm to get onto Lenz’ rear in an attempt to take another podium from the weekend. He had to settle for third behind Lenz, his first non-victory podium of the season.
Lukas Hahn managed to hold Halm off to the chequered flag, beating her by just three-tenths of a second and taking his third Promoter’s Cup victory in a row, four Promoter’s Cup podiums of the weekend. He was three seconds off taking his second overall podium of the weekend. The young German has proved himself a worthy competitor this weekend and will be hoping to continue this form next time out at his home race at the Nürburgring.
After the earlier incident, Taylor hung onto sixth overall to take his fourth Promoter’s Cup podium of the weekend. It’s been a great weekend for Taylor, who has found his groove on track. Whether this is track specific or that he has got the rhythm of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship will be revealed when we next go racing in Germany.
Jamie Anderson and André Kursim took seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Jochen Hahn. This weekend has been a difficult one for the veteran German, who has really struggled with pace around the TOR Poznań circuit. It has definitely left him and his team with some homework ahead of their home race at the Nürburgring in a couple of weeks’ time, especially when his son performed incredibly well.
José Eduardo Rodrigues took the final overall point, finishing tenth overall and capping off his weekend with a third-place finish in Promoter’s Cup. His championship lead now stands around 30 points ahead of his closest rival, Steffen Faas, who, like Jochen Hahn, had a bit of a weekend to forget in Poland. Insult was added to injury for Faas when he was handed a drive through penalty for over speeding on the formation lap, dropping him out of contention to fight for the Promoter’s Cup podium.
He finished behind John Newell in 12th, ahead of Johnathan André.
Luis Recuenco was unable to finish the final race of the weekend, pitting on lap 3 due to a technical issue.
The end of the weekend also saw the Goodyear FIA ETRC’s first Young Driver’s Trophy awarded. This new trophy, given to the young driver (drivers under 30 years of age are eligible in this category) who scores the most points over a race weekend, has been installed into the championship this season to encourage more young truck drivers to get involved in the series. With four Promoter’s Cup podiums, three of which were wins, and one overall win, it was unsurprising to see Lukas Hahn crowned this weekend ahead of Rodrigues.
Racing resumes in two weeks’ time when the grid makes its way to Germany for the Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix. It’s one of the highlights of the Goodyear FIA ETRC calendar and certainly not one to be missed!
PENULTIMATE POLE GOES TO KISS
Norbert Kiss has almost taken every pole position available in 2023, placing his #1 MAN truck on the front row for the first race of the Jarama weekend.
WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND AT LE MANS
Over 80,000 fans watched Norbert Kiss win his fifth Goodyear FIA ETRC title in the penultimate round of the championship.
KISS CLAIMS FIFTH TITLE WITH DRAMATIC WIN
With five races to spare, Norbert Kiss has claimed his fifth Goodyear FIA ETRC title, whilst his and Antonio Albacete’s finishing positions secured the team’ title for Révész &T Sport.
KISS SETS THE PACE WITH SECOND POLE AT LE MANS
Norbert Kiss stormed to another pole position at Le Mans Bugatti as he seeks out his fifth Goodyear FIA ETRC title.
ANDERSON TAKES FIRST OVERALL WIN AS TITAN DRIVER
Having been on the cusp of getting a win throughout the season, Jamie Anderson got the job done in Le Mans Race Two, with a compelling drive and defence to hold off some of the biggest names in truck racing.
KISS ONE STEP CLOSER TO FIFTH TITLE WITH LE MANS WIN
Norbert Kiss has moved closer to claiming his fifth Goodyear FIA ETRC title, after taking another lights-to-flag victory over Jochen Hahn and Steffi Halm.
KISS CONTINUES QUALIFYING DOMINANCE WITH POLE ONE AT LE MANS
Keeping up his record this season of claiming every pole position, Norbert Kiss will start Race One, once again, from the front of the grid. Jochen Hahn, closest championship rival, will be alongside him, having missed out on the front spot by a marginal three-tenths of a second.
KISS ON TOP IN RACE THREE
Converting his pole position to race victory, Norbert Kiss adds a second win to his Goodyear FIA ETRC Zolder Campaign.
Kiss dominates final Zolder qualifying
Norbert Kiss has, once again, placed his MAN Révèsz Racing truck on pole position for Race 3 of the Goodyear FIA ETRC at Zolder.
THIRD WIN FOR HAHN AS RODRIGUES RETURNS TO OVERALL PODIUM
Jochen Hahn has made a 25-point dent in Norbert Kiss’ championship lead taking victory in Race One whilst the Hungarian failed to finish. José Eduardo Rodrigues made a return visit to the overall podium, claiming his eighth Promoter’s Cup victory behind Sascha Lenz.
FIRST POLE AT ZOLDER GOES TO KISS
Keeping up his unbroken pole record this year, Norbert Kiss has put himself at the front of the grid for the first Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship race this weekend.
RAINY END TO MOST BRINGS ANOTHER KISS VICTORY
Timing his overtake on Steffi Halm perfectly, Norbert Kiss has made it three out of four wins at the fifth round of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship.
WIN 12 FOR KISS AT WET MOST
Norbert Kiss has taken race victory ahead of Adam Lacko and Jochen Hahn at the penultimate Goodyear FIA ETRC round at Autodrom Most.
RAIN SOAKED MOST NO MATCH FOR POLE SITTING KISS
The rain that was predicted to feature during Sunday’s truck action couldn’t stop Norbert Kiss from taking another competitive pole position ahead of Race 3 at the Autodrom Most.
LACKO LIVENS CZECH CROWD WITH HOME WIN
On his second Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship race of 2023, Adam Lacko converted his reverse grid pole to a spectacular win in front of home crowds.
KISS DOES IT AGAIN IN OPENING MOST RACE
Norbert Kiss repeated his 2023 pattern, converting his pole position into a race win to take his 11th victory of the season.
KISS STILL THE QUALIFYING KING AFTER SUMMER BREAK
Norbert Kiss has resumed his championship campaign back on top, claiming the first pole position of the Czech Truck Prix weekend.
PREPARE FOR POZNAŃ
The Goodyear FIA ETRC makes its first ever stop in Poland this weekend for the third round of the championship.
Live terrestrial TV premiere for the Goodyear FIA ETRC
For the first time ever the Goodyear FIA ETRC racing action will be broadcast live on terrestrial TV
SLOVAKIA RING PREVIEW
Round two of the season will see the racing titans return to the Slovakia Ring
KISS CONTINUES POLE STREAK WITH SECOND FRONT ROW START IN MISANO
Norbert Kiss has taken the second pole position at Misano World Circuit ahead of Sascha Lenz and Jochen Hahn.
COMEBACK KISS IN RACE TWO
Norbert Kiss raced from the back of the grid to take victory in Race Two.
HAHN CLAIMS VICTORY AT MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT
Jochen Hahn secured the vistory in the first race of the season
Goodyear FIA ETRC offsets unavoidable emissions from the 2022 season
After reducing on track emissions by up to 92% over the last two years, ETRA has responsibly offset unavoidable emissions for the 2022 season
ETRC receives notable mention in motorsport sustainability ranking
ETRC ranks 16th overall out of 105 globally recognised motorsport championships
GOODYEAR FIA ETRC EVENT IN HUNGARY CANCELLED
Hungaroring withdrew from agreement to host Hungarian race due to reconstruction work at the track
XAVIER MARTIN: TRUCK RACING IS MY SECOND FAMILY
How truck racing became his passion and the true #onetruckfamily spirit in the ETRC paddock
BRERETON RETURNS TO TOP STEP OF OVERALL PODIUM
Having started on reverse pole, Shane Brereton drove spectacularly to take the overall win ahead of Téo Calvet and Sascha Lenz.
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.