Defending champion and points leader Norbert Kiss moved closer to his fourth title, while Lukas Hahn, son of six-time titlist Jochen Hahn, took his first series win in round four of the European Racing Championship of Goodyear FIA trucks which took place at the Nürburgring.
The Hungarian ace started the weekend as usual, claiming his seventh pole of the season in as many sessions. He then converted pole into victory in Race 1, but it was his only win of the weekend. However, he still managed a few fourth places and a second place in Race 4.
Race 2 produced one of the feel-good stories of the weekend, with Lukas Hahn, son of the series’ most decorated rider, taking his first win.
The third-generation truck racer had a flawless race from pole position in the semi-reverse grid heat and handled the pressure to lead the race expertly, earning a decisive lights-to-flag victory in which was the first win of the season. for the Hahn Racing team.
Arrived Sunday, and Hahn senior started the day with a bang, taking his first pole position of the year and ending Kiss’ 2022 qualifying supremacy. He then converted the pole into his first win of the year. .
In the last meeting of the weekend, Jamie Anderson took his second win of the year. The Briton had a mixed day – his Sunday started with a power steering issue that kept him out of qualifying. He then made a comeback to eight in Race 3 which put him on pole for the final encounter of the day, where he held off the opposition until the first checkered flag.
Kiss collected a total of 46 points in Germany. In terms of points, despite being his lowest total of the season so far, he still came out on top, with second-best Hahn amassing 43 points.
Midway through the season, Kiss looks in good shape to secure his fourth series crown, leading the standings with 206 points to his name. Hahn, second, is 48 points behind the leader but only six points ahead of his compatriot Sascha Lenz.
Goodyear FIA ETRC is set to resume in September with the series title decider featuring rounds at Autodrom Most, Zolder, Le Mans and Jarama taking place over five weeks.
THE WORD OF INNOVATION
On the occasion of the event, a symposium organized by the ADAC Mittelrhein (stakeholder of ETRA, promoter of the Goodyear FIA ETRC) took place.
The event addressed the current challenges of transitioning to sustainability in the trucking industry, with the panel of speakers including FIA Truck Racing Commission Chairman Manuel Vidal, President of the ADAC for Sport Gerd Ennser, Managing Director of Goodyear FIA ETRC Georg Fuchs as well as Professor Dr Dirk Engelhard from the German Federal Transport Association and environmental economist Professor Peter Heck.