Hungaroring 2016

Hungaroring

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Hungaroring Sport Zrt.
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RESULTSOVERALL RANKING

Beginning of the second half of the season: Hahn back on top of the standings

At the last weekend in August, the truck racers met at Hungaroring close to Budapest for the second time after a break of several decades. This year, the Hungarian truck fest also marked the end of the summer break and the start of the second half of the season consisting of five race weekends – Budapest, Most, Zolder, Jarama and Le Mans. Right at the beginning of the weekend, the race trucks broke new ground as the organizer had them convoy to the Hungarian capital on Thursday. Escorted by the police, the noisy convoy headed towards the city center driving trough roads and streets lined by spectators and fans – even the bridges over the highways were packed with people wanting to shoot a photo of the race trucks. Once the latter ones were parked close to the heroes’ square the drivers took part at an autograph session. Hundreds of spectators had come by to either see the trucks from close up or to get the chance to get an autograph.

On Friday, the total of 15 drivers – both male and female – had to cope with unknown grounds once more: Since the last event on the circuit, the track was given a new pavement. Consequently, last year’s set-ups had become useless. Thanks to press and VIP rides and a one-hour free practice for the participants of these taxi rides, however, there were enough possibilities to adjust the set-up to the new circumstances. Both of the official FIA training sessions took place on Friday evening and Saturday. Accordingly, the participants started Saturday at the second free practice. At the qualifying and the Superpole, the hard work Jochen Hahn’s team had put into the race MAN during the summer break quickly became apparent. The race truck was in top shape. Jochen got hold of the first pole position after the summer break – followed by Ryan Smith, Anthony Janiec and Norbert Kiss. In theory, Steffi Halm would have ranked fifth. Due to the penaltyobtained on Nürburgring prior to the summer recession, however, she had to start the first race of the weekend from 10th position.

The inaugural race practically served as guideline for the remaining weekend: The drivers wouldn’t give in and each and every one of them fought hard for each and every one of the ranks. Jochen once again achieved a perfect start-to-finish victory. On the second rank, the British race driver Ryan Smith – piloting the truck of Kiss’s former team, Oxxo – fought hard to defend his position, but finally lost it to the local hero Norbert Kiss. Steffi Halm got involved at a minor crash right at the start pushing her off the track. As a consequence, she had to fight hard to get back to the front positions. Finishing 7th and thanks to reversed grid, she got hold of the second position on the first row of grid of the second race – right next to Frankie Vojtíšek.

The second championship race might yet cause some discussions for quite a while – there were so many “incidents”, the marshals didn’t even manage to write them all down. Basically, the Czech veteran Frankie Vojtíšek was the center of attention at this race. He got off well at first taking over the leading position. Two laps later, Steffi Halm found the right gap and snatched away the top position from her Czech rival. Undeterred, Frankie continued the race and defended the second rank both tough and fair. Following the Czech pilot – who obviously isn’t the fastest pilot on the track – a whole convoy of race trucks was hoping for the right moment to pass him. Positions and ranks were switched several times. In the end, there were six possible podium finishers. At the last bend, when Frankie already seemed to have his rank fixed and nailed down, Norbert Kiss collided with the back of the Czech truck causing it to spinand finally to crash into the pit wall only 100 meters before the finish line. Benefiting from this accident, Anthony Janiec used his chance to pass Kiss thus finishing second right after the lucky winner – Steffi Halm. Jochen also performed well and managed to avoid as many fights as possible. In the end, having started from eighth starting position, he finished sixth.

On Sunday, Jochen was in great shape again. Fighting for the pole position, he finished second – with a tiny deficit of 88 thousandths of a second over Norbert Kiss. As the first race on Sunday started, however, he managed to quickly pass his Hungarian rival. Only two laps later, there was a small gap between his truck and the second truck within the field. Throughout the race, he managed to increase his lead. As a consequence, both Jochen and his team were able to celebrate their second victory of the weekend as their truck crossed the finish line. Leading the group of chasers, Kiss successfully managed to fend off Adam Lacko’s attacks. The podium ranking thus remained: Hahn, Kiss and Lacko. At the third championship race, Steffi Halm had to withdraw early – with only two laps left to go – due to technical problems.

And also the final race will be a central topic at several discussions in the near future. This time, however, it was the stewards who changed the results completely about one hour after the final race. At first, Iveco pilot Gerd Körber happily celebrated his first victory at the running season. Ryan Smith and Adam Lacko – finishing third – joined him on the podium. After analyzing the speed recorders, however, the stewards decided that Körber, Smith and Ellen Lohr had oversped at the inaugural lap prior to the start of the race. The trio was given a 30-second penalty. As a result, Adam Lacko emerged as new winner and Jochen ranked up to 5th position.

Beginning of the second half of the season: Hahn back on top of the standingsAt the last weekend in August, the truck racers met at Hungaroring close to Budapest for the second time after a break of several decades. This year, the Hungarian truck fest also marked the end of the summer break and the start of the second half of the season consisting of five race weekends ? Budapest, Most, Zolder, Jarama and Le Mans. Right at the beginning of the weekend, the race trucks broke new ground as the organizer had them convoy to the Hungarian capital on Thursday. Escorted by the police, the noisy convoy headed towards the city center driving trough roads and streets lined by spectators and fans ? even the bridges over the highways were packed with people wanting to shoot a photo of the race trucks. Once the latter ones were parked close to the heroes? square the drivers took part at an autograph session. Hundreds of spectators had come by to either see the trucks from close up or to get the chance to get an autograph.On Friday, the total of 15 drivers ? both male and female ? had to cope with unknown grounds once more: Since the last event on the circuit, the track was given a new pavement. Consequently, last year?s set-ups had become useless. Thanks to press and VIP rides and a one-hour free practice for the participants of these taxi rides, however, there were enough possibilities to adjust the set-up to the new circumstances. Both of the official FIA training sessions took place on Friday evening and Saturday. Accordingly, the participants started Saturday at the second free practice. At the qualifying and the Superpole, the hard work Jochen Hahn?s team had put into the race MAN during the summer break quickly became apparent. The race truck was in top shape. Jochen got hold of the first pole position after the summer break ? followed by Ryan Smith, Anthony Janiec and Norbert Kiss. In theory, Steffi Halm would have ranked fifth. Due to the penalty obtained on Nrburgring prior tothe summer recession, however, she had to start the first race of the weekend from 10th position.The inaugural race practically served as guideline for the remaining weekend: The drivers wouldn?t give in and each and every one of them fought hard for each and every one of the ranks. Jochen once again achieved a perfect start-to-finish victory. On the second rank, the British race driver Ryan Smith ? piloting the truck of Kiss?s former team, Oxxo ? fought hard to defend his position, but finally lost it to the local hero Norbert Kiss. Steffi Halm got involved at a minor crash right at the start pushing her off the track. As a consequence, she had to fight hard to get back to the front positions. Finishing 7th and thanks to reversed grid, she got hold of the second position on the first row of grid of the second race ? right next to Frankie Vojt?ek.The second championship race might yet cause some discussions for quite a while ? there were so many ?incidents?, the marshals didn?t even manage to write them all down. Basically, the Czech veteran Frankie Vojt?ek was the center of attention at this race. He got off well at first taking over the leading position. Two laps later, Steffi Halm found the right gap and snatched away the top position from her Czech rival. Undeterred, Frankie continued the race and defended the second rank both tough and fair. Following the Czech pilot ? who obviously isn?t the fastest pilot on the track ? a whole convoy of race trucks was hoping for the right moment to pass him. Positions and ranks were switched several times. In the end, there were six possible podium finishers. At the last bend, when Frankie already seemed to have his rank fixed and nailed down, Norbert Kiss collided with the back of the Czech truck causing it to spin and finally to crash into the pit wall only 100meters before the finish line. Benefiting from this accident, Anthony Janiec used his chance to pass Kiss thus finishing second right after the lucky winner ? Steffi Halm. Jochen also performed well and managed to avoid as many fights as possible. In the end, having started from eighth starting position, he finished sixth.On Sunday, Jochen was in great shape again. Fighting for the pole position, he finished second ? with a tiny deficit of 88 thousandths of a second over Norbert Kiss. As the first race on Sunday started, however, he managed to quickly pass his Hungarian rival. Only two laps later, there was a small gap between his truck and the second truck within the field. Throughout the race, he managed to increase his lead. As a consequence, both Jochen and his team were able to celebrate their second victory of the weekend as their truck crossed the finish line. Leading the group of chasers, Kiss successfully managed to fend off Adam Lacko?s attacks. The podium ranking thus remained: Hahn, Kiss and Lacko. At the third championship race, Steffi Halm had to withdraw early ? with only two laps left to go ? due to technical problems.And also the final race will be a central topic at several discussions in the near future. This time, however, it was the stewards who changed the results completely about one hour after the final race. At first, Iveco pilot Gerd Krber happily celebrated his first victory at the running season. Ryan Smith and Adam Lacko ? finishing third ? joined him on the podium. After analyzing the speed recorders, however, the stewards decided that Krber, Smith and Ellen Lohr had oversped at the inaugural lap prior to the start of the race. The trio was given a 30-second penalty. As a result, Adam Lacko emerged as new winner and Jochen ranked up to 5th position.

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