September 26, 2023


The Le Mans Bugatti round of the 2023 Goodyear FIA ETRC put the Promoter’s Cup fight in the balance, as a new winner stole the headlines throughout Sunday.

After the visually impressive loss of his engine on Sunday in Zolder, it was the efforts of the #OneTruckFamily who got Luis Recuenco back on the grid. Team Hahn Racing lent Lukas Hahn’s truck and some body panels so that the Spaniard could participate in the final two rounds of the season. Recuenco will be thanking them even more now for their generosity, as Sunday’s racing saw him not only take victory in both races in Promoter’s Cup, but also finish the weekend on a high with his first Overall win.

Recuenco looked like a force to be reckoned with on board the new truck from the first practice session, showing his raw racing talent that has been masked slightly this season through the performance of the truck. He admitted that over the winter break, the Recuenco team would be working hard to improve the truck, so hopefully this is not the last we have seen of the Spaniard on the top step of the podium.

In the Promoter’s Cup Standings, with two wins on Saturday and a podium on Sunday, José Eduardo Rodrigues maintained his 39-point lead in the class, with Steffen Faas sitting behind in second. A lot would need to go wrong in Jarama for Rodrigues for him to lose the Promoter’s Cup, but with 60 points still up for grabs, Faas is mathematically still in the fight.

On Saturday, Clemens Hecker continued his strong form from Zolder, taking two third-place finishes to add more silverware to his 2023 campaign. Going into the last race of the year, Hecker will want to end on a high, aiming for a return to the podium and eyeing fifth place in the championship.

Battles are intensifying up and down the Promoter’s Cup field, with Mark Taylor and John Newell locked in a close fight for third in the standings. It’s an impressive feat from both rookies this season and a tribute to their race craft, as both drivers have faced challenges throughout the season.

Both Brits finished on the podium on Sunday, Newell taking third in Race Three and Taylor second in Race Four – Newell currently leads by eight points as we head into the final four races. This battle is set to delivery an exciting season finale.

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