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Racing in Most, Jochen Hahn secures rank 2 on the overall standings
Following the heated battle on Hungaroring, some 95 000 spectators on site saw a very different 6th round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship taking place on the Autodrom in Most (Czech Republic). Heavy rain marked the press rides and free trainings on Friday – resulting in lap times exceeding the normal ones by some 20 seconds. But when the race trucks started heading to the city in the late afternoon, the sky cleared up a little bit.
On Saturday, the sky was all cloudy and gray, but – at least – there was no rain. Jochen got away great with his Iveco race truck and won the Super Pole with Mercedes pilot Norbert Kiss (HUN) ranking second and local hero Adam Lacko on his Buggyra Freightliner completing the podium.
At the subsequent first race, Jochen got off with a great start thus laying the foundations for his perfect start-to-finish victory. The battle for the remaining podium positions was a tough one though. In the end, Lacko managed to pass Kiss leaving him on third. And thus the podium was complete: Hahn, Lacko, Kiss.
Gerd Körber, Jochen’s teammate from “Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus”, faced technical problems. He finished 10th and thus within the points – enough points for the team to win the team ranking.
Due to the reversed grid, the second pole position of the day was up to the British race driver Ryan Smith (MAN) while Jochen started from 8th place. Smith got away pretty well and took the lead. Both of the German MAN pilots, Sascha Lenz and Steffi Halm, followed him closely. Steffi managed to pass her teammate Sascha Lenz who finally completed the podium. Jochen ranked up one position thus finishing 7th.
At the Super Pole qualifying on Sunday, Jochen finished second. Polesetter Adam Lacko went off like a rocket and stayed on top all the way across the finish line. Jochen followed him with a small gap separating them from each other. But the small gap was just about large enough as to impede him from putting the Czech truck racer under serious pressure. In the end, the Iveco pilot stuck to the second rank – especially since Kiss, his direct competitor for the second rank on the overall standings, was ranking 5th yet behind Antonio Albacete and Steffi Halm (both on MAN). These five had managed to evade the skirmish at the first bend without any damage. Several other drivers were not that lucky: Ryan Smith, for example, the winner of the previous day and, most of all, Jochen’s teammate Gerd Körber who finally had to withdraw. Thanks to Jochen’s great result, however, the bulls on Iveco Magirus managed to rank on the team podium again – although this time on third position.
At the final race, the British MAN pilot Shane Brereton won the pole position after finishing eighth at race 3. This race was not only the last one; it was also an extremely weird one: Despite almost perfect racing conditions and slightly sunny weather, it was the slowest race of the whole weekend.
Right at the start, Brereton prevailed over the second Buggyra pilot David Vršecký (CZE). Lenz had already passed the Czech pilot when he got off the track and into the grass. As a consequence, the whole armada chasing him – including Jochen – passed him.
And yet there was no way to endanger Brereton in any way since he had already increased the gap. The English pilot who didn’t even finish among the top 10 the day before increased his lead more and more while Vršecký’s Freightliner caused a big race-truck traffic jam.
As they crossed the finish line, there were not even 4 seconds separating the trucks ranking second to tenth. Closely following Vršecký, Steffi Halm finished third, Jochen sixth. Having dropped out at the previous race, his teammate Gerd Körber had to start from the very last position on the grid. And still, he fought his truck up to 9th rank.
Lacko continues leading the overall standings with a total of 278 points. Jochen Hahn (218 points) ranks second, Steffi Halm (209 points) third and Kiss (201 points) fourth.
“A victory and a second rank. That’s more than I expected,” Jochen said after the last race. “I’m a realist. I’m not really peering hard on the title. I know, Adam has a huge 60-point advantage. Under normal conditions, it’s practically impossible to make up leeway.
Therefore, I am rather focusing on securing the second rank - and I think: In this regard, I did quite well this time.”
Round 7 of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship will take place in about two weeks (September 15 to 17) on Circuit Zolder in Belgium.