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Racing, Entertainment & Industry
One of the big highlights of the FIA European Truck Racing season is the festival of action on and off the track where 120,000 people descended on the famous Eifel track last season.
The Nürburgring has a history dating back to the 1930s and has hosted Truck racing for four decades. The circuit is a natural meeting point for the truck racing industry and a focal point for like-minded enthusiasts.
2016 saw much to cheer for the home crowd on the track as local hero Jochen Hahn took the first victory of the weekend. Steffi Halm then scored the most memorable victory of her career in race two to send the huge crowd in to ecstacy. Adam Lacko had a perfect Sunday when he completed a conclusive double but only after a controversial collision with Rene Reinert!It was that man again – Norbert Kiss who celebrated the most with two wins, while veteran Antonio Albacete and Czech ace Adam Lacko helped themselves to a win apiece.
2017 witnessed challengeing conditions and a trio of wins for Adam Lacko. The fourth and final race was cancelled due to a diesel spillage in a support race.
Cab’s Eye View
Each race we will have an FIA ETRC driver to give us a unique insight into their view of the circuits on the FIA ETRC calendar – what is the track like to drive? What are their favourite sections? Even the best restaurants and places to visit in the area!
Who better than Triple Champion and local hero, Jochen Hahn of the Hahn Racing Team to tell us about the historic Nürburring, the venue for Round Three of the FIA ETRC.
“Nürburgring is the most fascinating and historic track of the year in our calendar.
For a driver, it is also one of the most exciting, as we go from the first corner and directly in to the Mercedes Benz Arena, where in these curves there are three ways to try an overtaking manoeuvre which is not the case so much at some of the other circuits we go to. This makes truck racing at this track very exciting for the drives and the spectators – and we have had rather an exciting year already.
This is a real drivers’ circuit. We love the history, but it also suits our trucks very well and is good to race on.
The atmosphere for the drivers is fantastic and believe me when I say that the crowds are so loud that we can hear them, even through our helmets, and this enthusiasm is really inspiring.
We are really pleased that so many spectators attend this event and make it the best of the year in my opinion.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to driving here once again because, the atmosphere of the ‘green hell’ is unique, but for me it is my home race and I really want to take victory on the track and look forward to meeting the fans off the track as well.
A truck race weekend is a fantastic atmosphere and you get to see some very exciting motor racing, but in the end it is also a huge party for young and old, which you really have to try and experience.”
See you at the ‘Ring
FactsFans can expect three days of exciting racing at this historic circuit in arguably the biggest event on the FIA ETRC calendar.
These 5 tonne giants of motorsport are ready to take to the track once more, with 20 trucks expected on the grid, including all season entrants plus a number of race-by-race entries, which is likely to include local hero Henz Werner Lenz.
Home fans are hoping to have plenty to cheer for with seven German entrants; current championship challenger Jochen Hahn along with the very competitive René Reinert, Steffi Halm and Gerd Körber, plus young guns Sasha Lenz and André Kursim hoping to make their presence felt.
It is little wonder that this form of sport where heavy practical commercial vehicles meet motor racing of the highest standard has such a massive fan following, second only to Formula One on the circuits of Europe.
The ADAC International Truck Grand Prix is round four of the FIA ETRC. Previous races at the Red Bull Ring and Misano have all lived up to this season’s promise of close racing and a tight battle for the championship.
Click here (http://www.fiaetrc.com/results) for the full results and current championship standings.
Each race is a rolling start for with a 70 km/h top speed for formation lap until the green light.
The four FIA ETRC races will take place over the shorter track the 4.048 km ‘Circuito Corto’.
- 2 free practice sessions of 20 minutes
- 1 qualifying practice session of 20 minutes (Q1) for all the trucks
- 1 qualifying practice session of 10 minutes, called “Super Pole”, for the 10 trucks that set the best times during Q1.
- Race 1 (12 laps)
- Race 2 (12 laps)
- 1 warm up of 15 minutes
- 1 qualifying practice session of 20 minutes (Q2)
- 1 qualifying practice session of 10 minutes, called “Super Pole”, for the 10 trucks that set the best times during Q2 and which will serve to determine the first 10 positions on the starting grid for Race 3.
- Race 3 (12 laps)
- Race 4 (12 laps)
In addition to the four FIA ETRC races there is the support races of the Super Cup car racing Championship
Entertainment & Industry
There is no doubt that the FIA ETRC championship is the ideal family event.
The kid’s zone has fun and games for children of all ages including a duck rodeo, bouncy castle, play area and face painting.
Fans will be delighted that Peter Vereyen returns once again to Nürburgring to entertain the fans with his unique fire and smoke breathing Peterbilt truck.
This wonderful vehicle, covered with as much chrome as is possible, along with huge exhaust pipes, bull bars and even gigantic long horns on its grill has only been made possible thanks to the hours of work of the whole family and continues to entertain the crowds at events.
Expect to be holding your breath through what is sure to be an action-packed show by ‘Iron Bone’ (Jürgen Köhler).
Jürgen can only be described as a daring and prolific Guinness World Record holder with in line skates and quad bike feats including:
• long jump over 5 cars (world record)
• Being drawn by a Porsche at 288 Km / h (world record)
• Being pulled by a motorcycle at 281.25 km / h (world record)
• Being drawn on Eisklötzen of a motorcycle 209 km / h (world record)
• Jumping through a wall of fire on his quad
Auto Sport Drift Show
The Auto Sport Drift Challenge which takes place at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix is a popular edition to the event’s programme and is a highlight of the European drift events.
Spectators will enjoy watching six drivers showcase their drifting skills with speeds up to 200 kmh and taking the narrowest angles.
The legendary trucker camp is THE event location for everyone with a passion for trucks and motor racing – the friendly venue is always a hive of activity including the polishing of the trucks.
The FIA ETRC provides an excellent marketing and networking opportunity.
This year the 11th ADAC Mittelrhein and TÜV Rheinland Symposium is being held at the Dorint Hotel on Friday 1 July from 10:00 – 16:00 and is entitled ‘Digitization in the transportation industry - benefits, opportunities, potentials’
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Industry The XXL VIP Lounge
An FIA ETRC event consists of Racing, Entertainment and Industry.
There is plenty of on track action, off track entertainment for all ages and fantastic opportunities for business presentation and networking.
At the ADAC Truck Grand Prix the XXL VIP Lounge offers the ideal surroundings for transportation and trucking companies to meet customers, business partners and employees.
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Knorr Bremse Go and Stop Competition
If you have always wanted to compete in your own truck against other amateurs on a legendary race track, then this is your big chance.
The knock out competition takes place on the main straight in front of the grandstands with fans cheering you on, entrants will need to demonstrate speed and accuracy.
Each driver takes to a 400-metre track and the objective is to go from a standing start to the quickest speed, but then stopping as accurately as possible to certain point.
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The Corsos taking place on Saturday and Sunday include road, historic and US trucks and are always a sensational experience for drivers and fans alike.
The opportunity to drive your vehicle around this historic circuit in front of packed grandstands must be on the ‘Bucket List’ of any trucker.
Music and Fireworks
When the lights are switched off in the motor homes of the race teams in the paddock, it is time for the party to start at the Mühlenbachschleife on the enormous open air stage.
Friday is rock night with Modern Earl, Meg Pfeiffer and Boppin’B all live on stage. Whereas Saturday is the legendary country music fest with a spectacular fire work display, as Ann Doka, Rob Ryan Road Show, Tom Astor, Truck Drivin’ Men take to the stage
A key attraction in all of the 2016 FIA ETRC paddocks is the transport and commercial vehicle industry exhibition.
This weekend is no exception with around 60 exhibitors including truck manufacturers and accessory companies including championship partner Mercedes-Benz Trucks and UTA, ETM Services with their Fernfahrer, IVECO, MAN, Scania, Europart Trading GmbH, Fliegl TruckWorks and many many more…
FIA ETRC Fan Village
New for 2016 and located at the heart of the truck racing paddock; the FIA ETRC fan village is developing into a real hub for race-goers to gather and it provides some great opportunities to get up close and personal with the drivers; including autograph sessions, podium ceremonies and post-race conferences with the top three finishers, due to take place there on both Saturday and Sunday.
A local compere will guide you through the various activities taking place and there is a great atmosphere with music, entertainment and giveaways.
The fan village contains a seating area for you to relax and enjoy some food and drink, along with information and display areas about various aspects of truck racing including from the official series partners Good Year, Mercedes Trucks, UTA and Meritor.
There are fun activities for visitors including SimRacing proudly sponsored by championship partner UTA and the ever popular Table Soccer and Slotcar racing, both sponsored by championship partner, Goodyear – look out for FIA ETRC drivers taking time out of their busy schedule to have a go on the games…
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