The Goodyear-backed FIA European truck race series looks to be a two-man race to the final.
Jochen Hahn in the Castrol Team Hahn Racing, driving his MAN truck leads the FIA European Truck Race Championship after the eighth round, which took place at Most, Czech Republic on September 1 and 2. On the Saturday, both races were won by Antonio Albacete in the team Equipo Cepsa driving an MAN. On Sunday Jochen Hahn won the first race and David Vrsecky in the Buggyra International Racing System Team driving a Freightliner won the second. The next event will take place at Zolder in Belgium on September 22 and 23, with just two more race weekends left in the series after that.
With the 2012 FIA European truck racing season entering its final phase, the pressure is building on the championship contenders and it looks like it will be a two man race to the wire. Last year’s champion Jochen Hahn and Antonio Albacete, who won the title in 2010 and 2006, both in MAN trucks, head the leaderboard, with Hahn from Germany having gone through the season with a slight advantage over Spaniard Albacete. The team prize looks certain for the Renaults of MKR Technology with drivers Adam Lacko and Markus Östreich, both of whom have delivered consistently.
Throughout the series Goodyear Truck Racing tires have been used by all competitors to ensure not only outstanding grip in all conditions but also consistency. The quality control on the 315/70R22.5 Goodyear Truck Race tires is second-to-none, with a full laboratory and track test program behind them and full certification to ensure the tires meet all current quality standards adopted for Goodyear products and are compliant with the European UNECE Regulation 54. The tires are all equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) to give each tire a unique identity, and allow the FIA to monitor the allocation of tires easily, using handheld readers. Goodyear Truck Race tires were also fitted on the Volvo truck Mean Green that recently won two world speed records in the USA. To ensure that they were suitable for such speeds, they were successfully tested up to 350 km/h without problems.
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