RODRIGUES REIGNS SUPREME IN PROMOTER’S CUP AS ROOKIE NEWELL CLAIMS THIRD
In a season that saw José Eduardo Rodrigues dominate from the start, it was no surprise when he clinched the Promoter’s Cup championship with three races still to go. However, it was the fierce battle for third place in the class standings that kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the Jarama weekend.
Despite facing some challenges during the weekend, Rodrigues did what was necessary in Race One to secure the 2023 Chrome class title. Although he started on Promoter’s Cup pole, he fell backwards in the race after getting tangled in some incidents, ultimately crossing the line in third. Since he didn’t get outscored by Steffen Faas by more than five points, and with Faas finishing the race in fifth after receiving a ten-second penalty for causing a collision, the Portuguese driver became uncatchable, taking his first title in the class.
Throughout the season, Rodrigues has consistently been the one to watch, having secured clean sweep weekends in the Promoter’s Cup category. The campaign he put together and the way he raced this season was certainly deserving of the top place in Chrome class.
Faas secured second position on Saturday with a second-place finish in Race Two. The battle for the top spot in the championship had been a head-to-head contest between Rodrigues and Faas for the past three rounds, and it was not surprising that the title was settled with a day to go. Faas’ 2023 campaign has been turbulent, with more DNFs than Rodrigues, extending the lead Rodrigues had built up coming into the final round.
The battle for third in the Promoter’s Cup took center stage as the Spanish weekend came to an end. Thanks to a remarkable resurgence by Luis Recuenco, the local hero nearly jumped from fifth place in the standings to third in just four races. Recuenco closed the season with an impressive six Promoter’s Cup victories in a row, including an overall victory in Le Mans, and earning maximum points in Jarama.
Recuenco's fourth-place finish was a testament to his relentless effort, falling just one point short of Goodyear FIA ETRC rookie John Newell, who secured third place in the class standings.It was well-deserved by the Brit, who after a bit of a rocky start to the season got back on the pace towards the latter half of the year. As a frequent podium finisher in the class, Newell showed that with a bit more consistency, he could be a strong contender for class wins in the upcoming season.
Mark Taylor, who started the weekend in a close battle with Newell for third, had a day to forget on Saturday with three steering failures – one bolt sheered and two spring failures. This disappointing day took him out of contention for third, forcing him to settle for fifth in the standings come the final chequered flag of the season.The season never quite regained its momentum for Taylor after his significant collision in Most, which limited his participation to just one race that weekend.
Substantial repairs were required following the damage to the truck and Taylor also needed to rediscover his rhythm in the championship. The team will be looking to use the winter break to get back on top of things, and their goal is to return as consistent podium contenders in 2024 to try and claim the third in class that, arguable, was much deserved.
Clemens Hecker had a strong finish to the season, adding six third-place finishes to his campaign. He got into the habit of taking third from the first race and then converting his reverse grid position for another podium, making it a solid day if he got into the groove from qualifying. Unfortunately, his season came to a premature end after an incident in Race Three saw his entire cab suffer a lot of damage, too much to be repaired to get him out on track for Race Four.Although challenging Taylor for fifth would have been a difficult task, despite his strong performance compared to Taylor's at the end of the season, Hecker was denied the opportunity to try due to the impact in Race Three.
Jonathan André took part in his fourth round of the season in Jarama, making him the most entered race-by-race competitor of the year. The Frenchman initially seemed to struggle finding his stride, but Jarama proved to be a rewarding venue for him, as he secured two class podiums on Sunday to end his campaign on a high. He finished eighth in the Promoter’s Cup standings, 71 points behind Lukas Hahn (who competed in three rounds and nearly clean swept all three).
KISS AND RECUENCO REPEAT RACE ONE VICTORIES
Norbert Kiss and Luis Recuenco took victory in Race Two, repeating their performances from Race One.
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.
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The Goodyear FIA ETRC makes its first ever stop in Poland this weekend for the third round of the championship.
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For the first time ever the Goodyear FIA ETRC racing action will be broadcast live on terrestrial TV
SLOVAKIA RING PREVIEW
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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
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