Faas closing down on Rodrigues for Promoter's Title
Over half of the season has been completed and after having a great start this year, José Eduardo Rodrigues’s Promoter’s Cup lead in the Goodyear FIA ETRC has been narrowed to 14 points.Steffen Faas and Rodrigues both had a very similar Czech Truck Prix, with Rodrigues outscoring the German by one point at the end of the weekend. Neither had a very dominant event, but the duo are still far ahead of the rest of the Promoter’s Cup drivers, especially after Mark Taylor was forced to sit out three of the four races this weekend.
The Brit had been on a great roll, showing his pace was still highly competitive with a third-place finish in Race 1 behind Rodrigues after holding off a chasing Faas for the second half of the race. He was looking for another strong performance in Race 2 when he got caught up in an incident with Titan driver André Kursim. The incident, which saw Taylor pitched into the pit wall on the run down to Turn 1, leaving the #81 Taylors Trucksport Racing with a lot of repair work needed, and unable to part take for the rest of the weekend.“Roll cage, cab, back axel’s bent, diesel tank is burst, so it’s all big damage.” Taylor explained after the incident. “I didn’t expect that this weekend. It was a big impact but the medics team and the marshals, everyone at Most has been fantastic looking after us.”
It was a big disappointment for Taylor who, over the past few rounds, has become a real contender in Promoter’s Cup. Finding his feet with his MAN truck, Taylor was third in the championship and was becoming a regular appearance on the class podium. With one DNF and two DNSs, Taylor is now fourth behind race-by-race entrant Lukas Hahn, only ten points ahead of fellow Brit John Newell in fifth.
However, from where Taylor thought he would be this season, he’s pretty happy with his performance thus far in the Goodyear FIA ETRC: “It’s the first time out in the European Championship, I’ve never done the track, it’s a new truck so I’m learning the truck, and I was expecting to finishing at the back. So to get where we are now, getting podiums, it’s a great effort from the team and everyone involved. You just get a feel for it, it’s a good championship out here so you’ve got good drivers to race with, it’s fun, it makes you want to race.”
Ahead of Zolder, Taylor is really feeling a part of the #onetruckfamily as everyone bands together to help make sure he is back on track in a week’s time. “We’re going to get the truck ready [for Zolder] and the good thing about truck racing is everyone pulls together. We’re taking the truck back to Germany and we’ve got other race teams that are coming to help us. Jamie Anderson’s team, John Newell’s team and Sascha [Lenz], we’ve got plenty of people who will help us get back on track. Definitely a #onetruckfamily, you can see that.”
Lukas Hahn once again showed his pace and talent in the Goodyear FIA ETRC, taking three of the four class victories and both class pole positions at the Autodrom Most. Albeit not a major threat to the championship title being a race-by-race entry, Hahn does consistently join the grid and take a lot of points away from the Promoter’s Cup contenders.
Newell found himself back on the podium this weekend, but it was another quiet one for the Brit. After strong performances at the start of the year, he has settled back in the championship, using his rookie season to fully integrate into the Goodyear FIA ETRC, collecting podiums as he goes. Like Taylor, Newell came into the championship knowing the competition would be fierce and not expecting too much from his first season. Podium appearances and fifth in the championship standings are impressive considering his lack of experience in this series compared to his other competitors.
Clemens Hecker had a great Sunday at Most, taking two second place class finishes. It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for the German, having to sit out Sunday of the Poland round due to issues with his truck, but since his return he had been on an upward trajectory in performance. It was only a matter of time before Hecker and his team got on top of their Scania.
Luis Recuenco had another quiet weekend, collecting some good points for his championship campaign. His two fifth and two sixth class finishes keeps him just ahead of Hecker in the championship standings with three points between the pair. If Hecker’s performance from Most continues into Zolder, Recuenco will need to find some more pace if he’s to stay ahead of the German in the Promoter’s Cup standings.
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.
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KISS SETS THE PACE WITH SECOND POLE AT LE MANS
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ANDERSON TAKES FIRST OVERALL WIN AS TITAN DRIVER
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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
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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.
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COMEBACK KISS IN RACE TWO
Norbert Kiss raced from the back of the grid to take victory in Race Two.
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BRERETON RETURNS TO TOP STEP OF OVERALL PODIUM
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KISS CROWNED 2022 CHAMPION
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MATCH POINT FOR KISS AS HE TAKES CLEAN SWEAP OF POLES IN LE MANS
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