The European Truck Racing Championship is determined to enter its title-deciding half, with championship contenders Norbert Kiss and Sascha Lenz about to lock horns at the now not easy Zolder circuit this weekend.
Two-time title-winner Kiss is determined to come at the Belgian venue with four wins and 84 factors to his title, and a marginal, three-point lead over his closes rival, Germany’s Sascha Lenz.
Both for the drivers and their vans, the Belgian circuit is one in every of the most effective challenges on the FIA ETRC calendar. Its commence/discontinue nature, with speedy straights and leisurely chicanes, now not absolute top calls for the vans to decelerate efficiently however moreover to get trip.
The drivers reward the circuit for the adrenaline it offers, whereas the engineers warn that it’s the hardest layout on the brakes.
“Factual traction when inviting tight chicanes is a famous for attaining appropriate lap times,” explains Lenz, driver of the SL Trucksport MAN.
2017 FIA ETRC champion Adam Lacko sits third in the standings, 15 factors down on factors-leading Kiss. The Czech racer is going solid aboard his confirmed Freightliner, with 5 podiums out of seven starts, and looking out for his first victory of the season.
Fourth in the standings, with 49 factors is Antonio Albacete. The Spanish ace is on a excessive, having scored his first podium since switching to the T Sport Bernau outfit final time out at Autodrom Most.
Basically the most decorated truck racer of all time, Jochen Hahn (38 factors), is currently fifth, and the top classified Iveco driver. The German likes the layout and traditionally goes solid in Belgium, having won right here twice in 2019. “Zolder is one in every of my current tracks,” he admits.
“Point of curiosity is severe right here. As we safe nearer in direction of the tip of the year the temperatures topple down and there’s much less traction accessible,” explains Hahn, who’ll be shopping for a commerce of fortunes and to add some silverware to his trophy cabinet this weekend.
The action is determined to kick off on Saturday, with a qualifying session and two races deliberate for every of the two days.
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