August 27, 2023


Norbert Kiss has taken race victory ahead of Adam Lacko and Jochen Hahn at the penultimate Goodyear FIA ETRC round at Autodrom Most.

The race was deemed wet as the rain continued to pound down on the Czech circuit, causing the first lap to be ran under yellow flags to check the track was safe to race on. This gave Kiss the lead into Turn 1 which, in green track conditions, may not have been so easy going wheel-to-wheel with Lacko.

Kiss led the rest of the race, taking his 12th win of the season by just over 11-seconds. Lacko also showed great pace in his Freightliner to hold a competitive 17-second lead over third placed Jochen Hahn.

It was Sascha Lenz who stole the show, however, showing amazing race craft on the wet surface. Having started seventh on the grid, he made some daring moves off the dry racing line to climb up the order to finish in fourth position.

Antonio Albacete and Steffi Halm had a late race incident that saw Halm lose fifth position. The pair had been in a tight battle throughout the second half of the race, with Halm doing enough to keep Albacete behind. The two came together as the Spaniard tried to pass, spinning Halm off into the gravel. Albacete continued to finish fifth overall, while Halm dropped to eighth, putting her on reverse grid pole for Race 4.

André Kursim had a strong race, finishing sixth. After losing some position at the start, he managed to regain places to finish the race where he had started. He will be looking for an improved result from Race 4, starting P3 – where he qualified on track in Qualifying 2 before his three-place drop was added.

In seventh, Promoter’s Cup winner Lukas Hahn secured himself a reverse grid front row start. He drove a clean race, almost taking sixth from Kursim with just 0.030s separating the two at the chequered flag. Lukas Hahn has been particularly good in the reverse grid races, so will certainly be one to watch in Race 4.

Jamie Anderson and Clemens Hecker completed the top ten, with Hecker picking up his second Promoter’s Cup podium of the year. Lukas Hahn and he were joined by John Newell, who had a small resurgence in pace to take the bottom step of the podium.

Steffen Faas and José Eduardo Rodrigues couldn’t find enough to get themselves into the overall top ten or pressure for the Promoter’s Cup podium. Faas remained fighting with Newell until the chequered flag, the pair having a small bit of contact as the German tried to find a way through. Both trucks continued with relatively no scars from the incident, so it was deemed a racing incident with no further action required.

Rodrigues lost points to Faas in the Promoter’s Cup standings, finishing 14th behind his rival and Luis Recuenco.

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