Meet the leagues making tracks across the pond
Ever since I saw the opening scene of Smokey and the Bandit, I’ve loved big truck racing. No, I don’t mean the NASCAR truck series, I MEAN CLASS 8 TRUCKS!!! Knowing what I know now about truck lean, I wonder how they made those turns without falling over. Well, I have your hook up, from our friends across the pond. Meet the FIR Europe Truck Racing Championship and British Truck Racing Championship. No tri-ovals here, it’s big boys racing Formula 1 style!!!
“The biggest, most imposing racing series in the world, the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) is a truly unique motor sport spectacle and the pinnacle of global truck racing with the most professional teams and drivers competing in a pan-European series.”fiaetrc.com
European Truck Racing Championship
The ETRC is in the final part of its preseason, with Truck Testing being held on April 4th and 5th. The trials were held at Nürburgring Grand Prix track, with 11 drivers running in four test runs each day. Participants included last year’s Championship runner-up and local superstar Sascha Lenz, third-place Adam Lacko, French Truck Racing Champion Téo Calvet, and British Goodyear Cup Champion Shane Brereton. The Round 1 race is set for May 21-22 in Misano, Italy at the Misano World Circuit.
British Truck Racing Championship
The British Truck Racing Championship started on April 16th and 17th in Kent at the Brands Hatch Indy track. The BTRC has two divisions; D1 are the most advanced trucks packed with upgraded suspensions and bespoke brake systems; D2 are as close to what you see out on the road today, with just a few added safety features. Their next race is in Pembrey, in South Wales, set for May 7th and 8th.
I’m glad there is something for truckers to watch now on the weekends. It brings back childhood memories of watching races with my dad, but now with less roundy-round.
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