October 1, 2022


As has become the standard in 2022 for the odd-numbered races, Norbert Kiss led the grid to another lights to flag victory, but coming across the line sixth overall, Téo Calvet’s Promoter’s Cup win brings him one step closer to the Chrome-class title.

The action was not at the front, as Kiss led the 15 trucks over the line for the rolling start of the race, before he began his drive to victory with a 4.5 second lead. All eyes fell on André Kursim, who had a good start and was looking to make up positions from his starting position of eighth.

Making a late-braking pass on Jamie Anderson, Kursim made contact with the Brit, getting the position but losing Anderson a lot of time against his title rival Calvet. Kursim tried to make a pass on Calvet for sixth but the Frenchman held his ground, getting rear damage to his truck from Kursim for his efforts.

The race became a battle of Anderson working back up the field and Antonio Albacete trying to find the perfect moment to demote Jochen Hahn from second in front of his home crowd. Lap after lap passed with Albacete trying to line up the German coming down the main straight, but Hahn’s defensive driving was unbeatable. Taking the chequered flag 0.4s apart, it was Hahn on the second step, Albacete still appearing on the first podium at his home race.

Sascha Lenz and Adam Lacko had a quiet race to come across the line fourth and fifth, but Lacko had been reeling in Lenz looking to make the pass for fourth. At the flag, the pair were separated by a tenth of a second.

Some clever moves from Anderson had brought him back into the fight for seventh with Kursim, and on the second time of asking, it was Anderson who came out on top. He finished second in Promoter’s Cup, behind title rival Calvet who was overall sixth. Calvet’s class win gives him a 20 point lead to Anderson with 40 left to be won (at maximum) this weekend.

Kursim’s eighth place will see him start Race Two on reverse pole. Steffi Halm and José Rodrigues finished the top ten, Rodrigues taking the final step on the Promoter’s Cup podium.

A recurring engine issue from earlier in the season has seen Shane Brereton faced with a tough weekend for his final Goodyear FIA ETRC weekend. He fought with Steffen Faas for 11th but couldn’t pass his fellow Chrome driver. John Newell and Johnathan André were 13th and 14th respectively, with Clemens Hecker completing the classification.

Hecker started the first race from the pit lane after being handed a penalty by the stewards for dangerous driving in an incident with Lacko during this morning’s practice.

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