1 April 2016

Revealed: 2016 FIA ETRC season entrants

Revealed: 2016 FIA ETRC season entrants

This year’s FIA European Truck Racing Championship (FIA ETRC) is assured to be a great vintage with healthy grids and exciting racing. When the deadline for entries closed at midnight a total of 14 drivers had submitted applications to be season entrants. With a variety of race-by-race competitors expected to bolster the grids, adding another layer of interest to one of motorsports most dynamic and exciting disciplines.

This morning the Federation Internationale I’ Automobile (FIA) confirmed the following full season entrants for the FIA ETRC Drivers’ Championship:

SEASON ENTRANTS.......

Tankpool 24 Racing

DEU

Norbert Kiss

HUN

1

MERCEDES-BENZ

Jochen Hahn

DEU

Jochen Hahn

DEU

3

MAN

Lion Truck Racing

PRT

Anthony Janiec*

FRA

8

MAN

Truck Sport Lutz Bernau*

DEU

Ellen Lohr

MCO

10

MAN

Eduardo Rodrigues

PRT

Eduardo Rodrigues

PRT

11

MAN

Czech Truck Racing Team

CZE

Frantisek Vojtíšek

CZE

12

MAN

Erwin Kleinnagelvoort

NLD

Erwin Kleinnagelvoort

NLD

15

SCANIA

Tankpool24 Racing

DEU

André Kursim

DEU

24

MERCEDES-BENZ

Team Schwabentruck

DEU

Gerhard Körber

DEU

27

IVECO

Sascha Lenz*

DEU

Sascha Lenz*

DEU

30

MAN

Stephanie Halm

DEU

Stephanie Halm

DEU

44

MAN

Buggyra International Racing System

CZE

Adam Lacko

CZE

55

FREIGHTLINER

Reinert Racing*

DEU

René Reinert*

DEU

77

MAN

Buggyra International Racing System

CZE

Jiří Forman

CZE

86

FREIGHTLINER

 * - Subject to FIIA administrative approval

There are a number of familiar names, in familiar trucks and we can expect to see runners up in the 2015 championship, Adam Lacko (Buggyra) and Jochen Hahn (Team Hahn Racing) vying to take Norbert Kiss’ championship title in 2016.

The new face in the Drivers’ Championship is Jiří Forman, who joins the Buggyra team. He comes with a lot of motorsport experience, but truck racing is a new direction for the young Czech driver, who is going to tackle a steep learning curve this year.

There is no doubt that ‘Norbi’ Kiss has taken on quite a challenge for this season with a late move to TANKPOOL24 Racing, but make no mistake, this combination has great potential and it will be exciting to watch their progress through the season with the heavily revised Mercedes truck.

Frankie Truck Racing Team will race under a new name in 2016 – the Czech Truck Racing Team, Team Schwabentruck and Sasha Lenz (SL Racing) are also familiar name in the FIA ETRC paddock, but this year they have decided to take the plunge of being full season, rather than race-by-race entrants. This gives fans at all nine rounds of the championship the opportunity to see them competing on the track and the chance to get up close and personal to the drivers and their trucks.

The FIA ETRC has a proven track truck record in being an equal opportunities championship. This year we look forward to seeing the legendary Ellen Lohr targeting podiums and a welcome return to the highly competitive Steffi Halm.

Fans of the FIA ETRC will benefit from increased global coverage and exposure of the series this year. New Championship promotor, ETRA Promotion GmbH, has secured deals for 26 minute highlight programmes with broadcasters across six continents and over seventy countries, as well as live coverage of the Nürburgring and Hungaroring rounds of the championship.

Speaking on the announced of season entrants for the 2016 campaign, the ETRA’s Managing Director for Sporting and Legal affairs, Rolf Werner, said: “The revealing of our season entrants today details a strong and diverse spread of drivers, teams and truck manufacturers. The new dawn of FIA ETRC racing in 2016 will be reflected by new challenges for many of the teams and drivers. There will be many exciting times ahead and a lot for fans to look forward to as the season develops with even more race-by-race entrants joining the regular competitors.”

“At ETRA we are one cohesive team, but I must ensure that my colleague Christoph Gerlach, who is the Director of Events and Team Relations, takes deserved credit for his efforts in forming this grid,” continued Werner. “He has been instrumental in getting it together this season.”

The 2016 FIA ETRC kicks-off at Red Bull Ring, Spielberg over the weekend of April30/May 1.

Editor’s Notes

In addition to the seasonal entrants, each round can also expect a number of Race-by-Race competitors. These entries need to be received two weeks prior to each event. A full preview of the first round, with full entry list, will be distributed on Monday 25th April.

Lots more news regarding the entrants and interviews will be released on the countdown to the start of the season in four weeks’ time.

 

ETRC 2016 calendar dates:

30 April/1 May

Austria

Red Bull Ring

28/29 May

Italy

Misano

11/12 June

France

Nogaro

2/3 July

Germany

Nürburgring

27/28 August

Hungary

Hungaroring

3/4 September

Czech Republic

Most

17/18 September

Belgium

Zolder

1/2 October

Spain

Jarama

8/9 October

France

Le Mans

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