Round 2 of the 2020 ETRC Digital Racing Challenge will get underway at the virtual track in Misano this Sunday
The opening round of the virtual truck racing season saw local hero Norbert Kiss with a clean sweep on his ‘home’ ground at the Hungaroring. Kiss who started his career in sim-racing in his homeland before making a name for himself in real-life racing enjoyed his debut in the ETRC Digital Racing Challenge. “I love sim-racing, it’s a bit of a home ground for me,” said the 35-year old Hungarian. “I started sim-racing about 20 years ago when I was a little kid in high-school. I had some success back then and that’s how my real racing career started.”
Even though most of the truck racing drivers haven’t had much experience on a simulator before, fans were treated to plenty of wheel to wheel action, great battles and overtakings with some of the young drivers looking pretty handy on their first virtual outing.
“Téo, José-Eduardo and Sascha will definitely be the ones to watch,” said Kiss. “They would for sure have done some practising since the last race and I hope we can have good fights in the next few races.”
20-year old Frenchman Téo Calvet who joined Team Buggyra racing has provided for some great racing action in the season opener two weeks ago: “I don’t have much sim racing experience, but I really enjoyed my first virtual truck race. I had lots of great battles with Norbi, José-Eduardo and Antonio and am happy with my fourth and second place. I’ve never driven in Misano in real life before but I’ll try and get some more practice in and see what we can do.”
With two podiums in the opening round, Sascha Lenz will also be one to look out for. The German racer who said he’s never raced on a sim before showed his virtual racing skills with a second and third place finish at the virtual Hungaroring.
2017 ETRC champion Adam Lacko will be looking to improve his performance after a mixed result in the opening round of the ETRC Digital Racing Challenge “We’ll have to look at our set-up and get more practice in,” said Lacko after the first two races. “I really like it so far, it looks very real and I hope the fans watching us enjoy the action as much as we do.”
The racing action will get underway this Sunday 7 June, with qualifying at 17:30, followed by Race 1 at 18:00 and Race 2 at 19:00 (all times CET).