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Racing, Entertainment & Industry
What a way to finish off the season at the iconic Le Mans circuit in central France.
The Bugatti circuit plays host to the finale of the 2016 season where several championship battles are likely still to be resolved.
The track itself takes in several famous elements of the classic La Sarthe track, including the pit straight and the crest over the famous bridge after the first corner.
Last season saw Antonio Albacete make up for his Jarama disappointments with a double win, while there was a surprise in the other two races when Rene Reinart took his first wins of the season.
FactsWhat an action-packed season it has been in the FIA ETRC and what a fitting venue for the season grand finale.
With 32 races already complete, these giants of motorsport are heading to the historic La Sarthe circuit and fans can look forward to plenty of action and close racing
Weighing in at 5.5 tonnes the trucks are challenging vehicles to race, but with over 15 of them charging into the first corner, always spectacular to watch.
There have been plenty of thrills and spills this season already, with some smooth passes, some nudging, some barging and a few bits of bodywork left around the eight circuits already visited.
It is little wonder that this form of sport has such a massive fan following, second only to Formula One on the circuits of Europe.
Race FormatEach race is a rolling start for with a 70 km/h top speed for formation lap until the green light.
• 2 free practice sessions of 20 minutes
• 1 qualifying practice session of 20 minutes (Q1) for all the trucks
• 1 qualifying practice session of 10 minutes, called “Super Pole”, for the 10 trucks that set the best times during Q1.
• Race 1 (11 laps)
• Race 2 (11 laps)
• 1 warm up of 15 minutes
• 1 qualifying practice session of 20 minutes (Q2)
• 1 qualifying practice session of 10 minutes, called “Super Pole”, for the 10 trucks that set the best times during Q2 and which will serve to determine the first 10 positions on the starting grid for Race 3.
• Race 3 (11 laps)
• Race 4 (11 laps)
In addition to the four FIA ETRC races there is the support races of the Lotus Cup Europe and 24 Heures Camions.
Entertainment & Industry
New for 2016 and located at the heart of the truck racing paddock; the FIA ETRC fan village has become a popular hub for race-goers to gather and it provides some great opportunities to get up close and personal with the drivers; including the very busy autograph sessions.
A local compere will guide you through the various activities taking place and there is a great atmosphere with music and entertainment for all the family.
The fan village contains a seating area for you to relax and enjoy some food and drink, along with information and display areas about various aspects of truck racing including from the official series partners Good Year, Mercedes Trucks, UTA and Meritor.
There are fun activities for visitors including SimRacing proudly sponsored by championship partner UTA and the ever popular Table Soccer and Slotcar racing, both sponsored by championship partner, Goodyear – look out for FIA ETRC drivers taking time out of their busy schedule to have a go on the games…
A key attraction in all of the 2016 FIA ETRC paddocks is the transport and commercial vehicle industry display areas where you can find exhibits by truck companies and related equipment manufacturers.
The championship provides an excellent marketing and networking opportunity, along with the chance to interact with logistics professionals.
The truck industry area will have a strong presence from the big makers of trucks, along with official shops, entertainment, displays and information about tractors, tyres, on-board computers, safety, oil and tuning.
Activities for Children
An FIA ETRC event always has a packed programme of activities for children and Le Mans is no exception.
Head to the Kid’s Village for bouncy castles, tree climbing, face painting, football and much much, more
Once again the spectacular FranceRoutes Truck Show, in partnership with Renault Trucks will be taking place over the race weekend.
Fans can look forward to seeing around 200 vehicles, from all over France, descending on the circuit to create an impressive display of automative art on tractor units, straight trucks, semis, American giants and vintage vehicles.
The highlight will be two truck parades around the historic Le Mans circuit
Get on down to the Good Ol’ American village where you can take part in a whole range of activities including country dancing, listen to a folk band, have a look round a Trikes and Airstream exhibition and have a play with radio-controlled US Trucks.
The Place du Village
This is the place to go for entertainment for all ages. Here you will find a funfair, radio controlled trucks, a truck exposition, pom pom and Salsa & Hip Hop dance displays and even Zumba
Night time at Le Mans
The entertainment doesn’t stop when the sun goes down on the Saturday evening. From 18:00 there will be plenty of reason to head for the grandstands for a programme of entertainment including the truck parade, mechanic events and stunt displays.
This will be followed by an impressive firework displays and if you still aren’t ready for bed, you can head over to the circuit dance floor and open air nightclub.
Show Case “Collectif Métissé” and DJ set
Truck manufacturer, Iveco is laying on musical entertainment at the Circuit’s dance floor which starts wuith a concert by the “Collectif Métissé”, followed by a DJ playing mix of disco, pop, rock and dance, with something for everyone. Get your dancing shoes on, you’re in for a mega party!
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