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2016 Rankings

1.  Hahn 408
2.  Lacko 373
3.  Reinert 221
4.  Halm 203
 5.  Kiss 194
6.  Janiec 190
7.  Lenz 121
8.  Körber 104
9.  Lohr 85
10.  Forman 76
11.  Smith 64
12.  Altenstrasser 27
13.  Kursim 27
14.  Vojtisek 23
15.  Kleinnagelvoort 22
16.  Robineau J. 13
17.  Rodrigues 11
18.  Robineau T. 7
19.  Brereton 6

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2017 ETRC

14/05: Red Bull Ring
28/05: Misano
02/07: Nürburgring
16/07: Slovakiaring
27/08: Hungaroring
03/09: Most
17/09: Zolder
24/09: Le Mans
08/10: Jarama

2017 French Cup

14/05: Charade
04/06: Le Castellet
25/06: Nogaro
24/09: Le Mans
15/10: Albi

2017 BTRA

26/03 Brands Hatch
23/04 Pembrey
04/06 Thruxton
02/07 Nürburgring
23/07 Donington
10/09 Snetterton
14/10 Pembrey
05/11 Brands Hatch

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Taj Mahal Print E-mail

Taj Mahal visit

Sometimes Truck Racing is also tourism. On Monday, just after the T1 Prima show in India, organizers offered to European drivers to visit the famous Taj Mahal. English drivers unfortunately could not be with us, they left for England on Sunday evening to prepare for the start of the Championship which will take place at Brands Hatch next weekend.

Here are pictures the summary pictures of our visit. Thank you once again to the Indian organizers for this magic moment.

Copyright: X. Martin

India Truck Racing Print E-mail

2017 T1 Prima Truck Racing - The pictures

Copyright photos: F. Calvet - X. Martin

T1 Prima timetable Print E-mail

2017 T1 Prima Truck Racing provisional timetable

  Thursday, 16/03/2017    Friday, 17/03/2017
09:30  Untimed practice - Indian - Super Class (30 mn) 09:00  Drivers sign in (30 mn)
10:30  Untimed practice - Indian - Champion Class (30 mn) 09:00  Scrutineering (60 mn)
11:30  Untimed practice - Indian - Super Class (30 mn) 09:30  Drivers briefing - Indian - Champion & Super (30 mn)
12:45  Untimed practice - Indian - Champion Class (30 mn) 10:10  Drivers briefing - International (40 mn)
    11:00  Untimed practice - International (180 mn)
    14:15   Photo shoot, etc
  Saturday, 18/03/2017   Sunday, 20/03/2017
09:00  Press interaction 1000 bhp truck (60 mn) 13:45  Indian race - Super Class Race 1 - 10 laps (30mn)
10:00  Media taxi rides (90 mn) 14:45  International Race - Race 2 - 8 laps (30 mn)
12:00  TML T1press conference
 Grid presentation trucks & Partners (90 mn)
15:30  Intertainment
13:30  Flag off on pit lane - T1 teams (30 mn) 16:15  Indian Race -  Champion Class Race 3 - 10 laps (30 mn)
14:30  Indian - Champion Class - Free practice (10 mn) 17:00  International Race - Race 4 - 15 laps (45 mn)
14:40  Indian - Champion Class - Qualifying    
15:15  Indian - Super Class - Qualifying (15 mn)    
15:25  Indian - Super Class - Free practice (10 mn)    
16:00  International - Pro Class - Super Class - Qualifying (15 mn)    
India TRO Print E-mail

TRO goes to India

tro drivers india

 The 2017 truck racing season kicks off in less than two weeks. While the teams that compete in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship still have a couple of months to prepare, the race trucks are ready to roll on two other continents. In Brazil, the first of 10 rounds in the Fórmula Truck series will take place at the Velopark in Porto Alegre, while the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida near New Delhi hosts the fourth edition of Tata Motors’ T1 Prima Challenge.


For at least six years now the Truck Race Organisation (TRO) led by its president Fabien Calvet has sought opportunity to expand the geographic scope of TRO’s activities to India; a recent approach from India’s dominant truckmaker has finally resulted in a breakthrough that will see six of the most accomplished racers from the European championship compete in the T1 Prima Pro Class race against a selection of the British championship’s drivers.
The contingent TRO has put together represents the absolute top flight of European truck racing – Germans Steffi Halm and Gerd Körber, Spanish matador Antonio Albacete, Hungarian ace Norbert Kiss, Czech David Vršecký, and Thomas Robineau account for 10 European championships and four French titles between them.
Gerd Körber, who celebrates his 30th year in the sport this season, could never have dreamed that, 26 years after his first European title, he’d still be racing – and in India of all places!
But it’s not only India that the TRO is active in; Fabien Calvet has long nurtured close contacts in Brazil, and played a pivotal role in setting up truck racing championships in China and the USA. The Buggyra team is already engaged in the Chinese event, and Stuart Oliver (the T1 Prima champ in 2014 and 2015, incidentally) has also represented TRO as a guest participant in the ChampTruck series in the US. From the looks of things, it’s increasingly likely that groups of European racers will compete in growing numbers of events overseas.


tankpool 24 news Print E-mail

2017 tankpool 24 news 

Copyright photos: A. & W. Bartscher

As the start of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship draws ever nearer, preparations by the various teams accelerate to a frenetic pace. That’s the way it was with Mercedes-Benz team tankpool24 last year. There had been major changes at MB-Motorsport over the winter break, beginning with the hiring of one of the most experienced – and most successful – constructors in the sport in Stefan Honens, and followed anon by Markus Bauer’s surprise announcement that twice-champ Norbert Kiss would be joining the team. While this was doubtless a sensational catch, expectations both within and without shot sky-high – especially in the media and among the fans, and very likely the sponsors as well.
Two all-new trucks were readied in next to no time, and though the Mercedes only underwent their first shakedowns at the season-opener, the tankpool24 trucks were among the frontrunners from the word go. At the end of the season all expectations had been exceeded by a huge margin. That in turn has engendered even greater expectations for the coming season.
At the moment everything’s quite relaxed at the team’s base in Nürtingen, 35 km southeast of Stuttgart. While a number of chassis mods should result in significant handling improvements, the focus this year is clearly on engine development. The bulk of activity over the winter has been at the dynos – enhancing both high-end power and low-end torque. But it’s reliability that will probably be tankpool24’s topmost priority following its disastrous performance at Le Mans, when first André Kursim in first qualifying on Saturday, and then Norbert Kiss while comfortably in the lead the following day, suffered sudden, irreparable engine damage.

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