ETRC: Title-fight enters deciding section at Zolder

The European Truck Racing Championship is ready to enter its title-deciding section, with championship contenders Norbert Kiss and Sascha Lenz about to lock horns on the difficult Zolder circuit this weekend.

Two-time title-winner Kiss is ready to reach on the Belgian venue with 4 wins and 84 factors to his title, and a marginal, three-point lead over his closes rival, Germany’s Sascha Lenz.

Each for the drivers and their vans, the Belgian circuit is among the greatest challenges on the FIA ETRC calendar. Its begin/cease nature, with quick straights and gradual chicanes, not solely calls for the vans to decelerate effectively but additionally to assemble pace.

The drivers reward the circuit for the adrenaline it provides, whereas the engineers warn that it’s the hardest format on the brakes.

“Good traction when thrilling tight chicanes is important for reaching good lap occasions,” explains Lenz, driver of the SL Trucksport MAN.

2017 FIA ETRC champion Adam Lacko sits third within the standings, 15 factors down on points-leading Kiss. The Czech racer goes sturdy aboard his confirmed Freightliner, with 5 podiums out of seven begins, and looking for his first victory of the season.

Fourth within 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 day out at Autodrom Most.

Essentially the most embellished truck racer of all time, Jochen Hahn (38 factors), is presently fifth, and the very best labeled Iveco driver. The German likes the format and historically goes sturdy in Belgium, having gained right here twice in 2019. “Zolder is certainly one of my favourite tracks,” he admits.

“Focus is vital right here. As we get nearer in direction of the tip of the 12 months the temperatures drop down and there’s much less traction out there,” explains Hahn, who’ll be searching for a change of fortunes this weekend.

The motion kicks off on Saturday, with a qualifying session and two races deliberate for every of the 2 days.

For extra data go to the official FIA ETRC website.

 

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