FIA ETRC Truck Racing Action From Jarama
Norbert Kiss added more points to his championship lead, as he took a lights-to-flag victory in race 1 at Jarama. German racer André Kursim took his third win of the season, as he triumphed on Saturday afternoon in the reverse-grid race.
Norbert Kiss extended his championship lead with a lights-to-flag victory in the first race at Jarama.
The top three remained the same throughout the 12 laps of racing, seeing Norbert Kiss lead Sascha Lenz and Jochen Hahn across the line to take his ninth victory of the season.
Kiss added more points to his championship lead as he raced a clean 12 laps around Jarama Circuit, making it look easy as he took the chequered flag. He saw no threat from Lenz and Hahn behind, who too had a clean race to complete the podium places.
The main fight came between home favourite Antonio Albacete and Adam Lacko, who were split by a fraction of a second at the line. Albacete had made the pass on Lacko early in the race to demote the Czech racer to fifth on the track, but Lacko wasn’t about to let the position go without a battle. He kept Albacete defending to the chequered flag, trying to optimise an outside line to make the pass. On a few occasions it looked like Lacko had lined Albacete up and had a pace advantage to get the job done, but Albacete defending spectacularly to take fourth by two tenths of a second.
Read more about Race 1 HERE
Fighting past a well-defending Steffi Halm, André Kursim took his third victory of the 2021 season.
The second race of the Jarama weekend saw Halm on pole position, ahead of René Reinert and Kursim after finishing eighth in race one. Halm is well accustomed to obtaining reverse-grid pole and was determined to make this the one she converted into a win.
The Team Schwabentruck driver had a great start to the race and looked to be in an extremely competitive position, as she kept the top seven trucks on track behind her for half of the race.
In the end, it was only Kursim who could pass her, and he pulled out a three-second lead by the end of the race.
Both races of Sunday’s action at Jarama Circuit were hit with a delayed start, but this didn’t prevent Norbert Kiss from taking his tenth win of the season in race 3, whilst Téo Calvet drove a sensational race to secure his first win overall.
Race 3 saw two hours of delays to the start of the race after the Spanish Truck Championship left oil spilled in the third sector and rain fell on the track. The FIA ETRC drivers were sent out for three investigation laps to gauge the conditions and voted on whether it was safe to go racing. The drivers voted for the race to go ahead, so long as sector three was held under yellow flag conditions throughout the race.
After three full course yellow laps to start the race as the rain continued to fall, Kiss led the field away with him and home favourite Antonio Albacete breaking off from the chasing pack. Albacete finished four seconds down on Kiss in second, both of them having a clean and fairly simple race to the chequered flag.
It was the battle for third that kept fans on the edge of their seat, with Adam Lacko putting in the defensive drive of his life to keep Jochen Hahn behind. There were a couple of moments where it looked like Hahn had done enough to make the pass, but until lap 10 the two were fighting nose to tail and side-by-side for the bottom step of the podium. The unpredictable conditions made Hahn back out of a final ditch attempt to pass Lacko, gifting the Czech driver a well-deserved third place finish.
Read more about race 3 HERE
Téo Calvet claimed his first overall victory in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship and also took victory in the Goodyear Cup in the final race at Jarama.
With no rain falling between Race 3 and 4, the track was drying for the final event of the weekend. Calvet was on reverse grid pole thanks to his eighth-place finish in Race 3, with André Kursim and Stephanie Halm lining up behind him.
Both Halm and Kursim looked to make the move for the lead going into Turn 1, but Calvet defended the position well, managing to stay ahead. This was the first and only time his lead would be threatened, with the remaining 12 racing laps going by in a blink of an eye whilst the Frenchman made the win look easy.
Halm got the pass on Kursim for second in Turn 1, but however much pressure she tried to put on Calvet she couldn’t get close enough to take her first win of the season.