Norbert Kiss took his fourth race win of 2019 at Jarama today....
A tense finale at Jarama played out to give an entertaining end to the 2019 FIA European Truck Racing Championship season today.
Front row starter Fabio Citignola was instantly deposed from his second position by Norbert Kiss as pole sitter Rene Reinert blasted in to an early lead.
This though lasted just a few metres as Reinert pulled off the track halfway around the first lap with an issue. The dejected German pitted but never returned to the action.
Kiss was now at the front but instantly came under pressure from Steffi Halm’s Team Schwabentruck IVECO entry. Soon though the Tankpool24 Racing Mercedes-Benz driver was able to stretch a small advantage over Halm.
It was a gap that he would stretch to the end of the 12-lap race as Halm was forced to look in her mirrors as third placed Jochen Hahn went on the attack.
Hahn eventually made a move stick at Turn 10 on lap 9 and the six-time champion made a late big to catch Kiss, but the Hungarian was by this time too far up the road and took the chequered flag by 4.4seconds.
Behind this battle came Antonio Albacete who cemented his vice-champions status as he took fourth place ahead of points rival Adam Lacko.
German pair Sascha Lenz [SL Trucksport MAN] and Andre Kursim [Don’t Touch Racing] came in sixth and seventh ahead of Jose Rodrigues [Reboconort].
Anthony Janiec completed the season with two points for ninth position in his Lion Truck Racing MAN.
Terry Gibbon looked to have taken his first GRAMMER TRUCK CUP win since Zolder last month but he retired from a sizeable lead at the half distance point in his T Sport MAN.
This left a fearsome battle for GRAMMER as Jamie Anderson, Luis Recuenco, Oly Janes and Fabio Citignola all diced for what was now the lead.
It all ended in tears at turn one on lap seven as all four had contact and took trips through the gravel trap.
The incident resulted in Jamie Anderson receiving a 5-second penalty for his part in the multi-collision.
The whole incident let Erwin Kleinnagelvoort through in to a large lead and it was one that the Scania kept to take his first ever GRAMMER TRUCK CUP win delighting his Dutch team who also celebrated a point for 10th overall as well.
Third in GRAMMER was Jose-Eduardo Rodrigues while the delayed Fabio Citignola, Jamie Anderson and Luis Recuenco finished fourth, fifth and sixth.
Sadly Dominique Orsini was unable to take part in the final race of the season.
The new calendar for the 2020 FIA ETRC will be released next week as another great season of truck racing action gets ready to begin all over again.
Race Results HERE