Adam Lako

In the third race of FIA Euro­pean Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, Adam Lacko, driv­ing a Freight­liner for team Bug­gyra, took a well de­served win on Nur­bur­gring’s Eifel track.

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In the third race of FIA Euro­pean Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, Adam Lako, driv­ing a Freight­liner for team Bug­gyra, took a well de­served win on Nur­bur­gring's Eifel track.

Adam Lacko, driv­ing his Bug­gyra In­ter­na­tional Rac­ing Sys­tem Freight­liner, took a com­mand­ing win in race three of the Nür­bur­gring round of the FIA Euro­pean Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship on July 02, 2017. Brav­ing rainy weather, Lacko, the three-time win­ner at the Truck Grand Prix, ex­tended his grow­ing point’s ad­van­tage over his com­peti­tors, con­tin­u­ing his quest for a first FIA Euro­pean Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (ETRC) ti­tle. He now leads by 46 points. Tankpool24 Rac­ing en­trant Nor­bert Kiss fin­ished sec­ond in his Mercedes-Benz whereas Lion Truck Rac­ing’s MAN of An­thony Janiec took the third place. An­thony took the third place for the sec­ond time this sea­son. For Lacko, the win at Nur­bur­gring marked the sec­ond win af­ter he clinched the ti­tle at the ear­lier round at Misano, Italy.

With weather con­di­tions im­prov­ing slightly overnight, in­di­cat­ing clearly that a dry sur­face could end Lacko’s wet weather dom­i­na­tion in his Freight­liner, Kiss won the Su­per Pole ses­sion. Nor­bert Kiss and An­to­nio Al­bacete - two driv­ers in­volved in a col­li­sion in an ear­lier race, set the pace in the Su­per Pole ses­sion held on the morn­ing of July 02, 2017. The Tankpool24 Rac­ing Mercedes-Benz driver ini­tially record­ing 1:54.725 and his clos­est ri­val, Al­bacete, in the Truck Sport Lutz Ber­nau MAN be­ing just 0.099 sec­onds down on his time. But it was lo­cal man Jochen Hahn who per­formed a late lunge with just sec­onds re­main­ing in the ses­sion to claim sec­ond, a mere 0.051 sec­onds and push Al­bacete down to third on the grid. Fourth fastest, Adam Lacko, tak­ing a clean sweep the day be­fore, was met with muchim­proved con­di­tions. It meant the play­ing field was level. David Vršecký, in the sec­ond of the Bug­gyra In­ter­na­tional Rac­ing Sys­tem Freight­lin­ers, qual­i­fied just be­hind his team-mate and had St­effi Halm in Rein­ert Rac­ing MAN for com­pany on row three of the grid. Row four of the grid was taken by MAN driv­ers, with

Sascha Lenz in the SL Truck­sport en­try hav­ing a sim­i­lar ma­chine for com­pany. It was a Lion Truck Rac­ing Team en­try for French­man An­thony Janiec. The ear­lier podium fin­isher, Gerd Kör­ber, qual­i­fied ninth, with his com­pa­triot An­dré Kur­sim along­side. The Tankpool24 racer also topped the Pro­moter’s Cup cat­e­gory with his clos­est ri­val José Ro­drigues start­ing 12th af­ter be­ing knocked out in the ear­lier timed prac­tice.

While Kiss started from pole, Lacko started from the fourth po­si­tion. With a storm­ing start, Lacko grabbed the lead from Kiss, An­to­nio Al­bacete, and Jochen Hahn at the end of turn one. Al­bacete emerged as a sur­prise leader from the scrap with Sascha Lenz in the SL Truck­sport MAN mak­ing a re­mark­able leap from sev­enth to sec­ond. It turned out to be a very brief sec­ond for the Ger­man. The Spa­niard’s lead didn’t last long as he spun and took Lenz with him at turn three. Both man­aged to con­tinue, but their chances of a de­cent re­sult were over. Cap­i­tal­is­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, Kiss made progress. Lacko in sec­ond con­tin­ued to push hard, and build pres­sure. Third placed Kör­ber, mov­ing up from ninth po­si­tion, ex­erted good pres­sure as well. Kiss and David Vršecký ran wide ex­it­ing the fi­nal cor­ner. Kiss re-joined in fifth and Vršecký lost fur­ther ground af­ter a lengthy trip through the gravel. Lacko grabbed a firm lead and stayed in con­trol for the rest of the race. Grad­u­ally ex­tend­ing his lead to a point where he was 12-sec­onds in front, the grid be­hind Lacko con­tin­ued to re-ar­range. There was plenty of ac­tion. Sev­eral driv­ers re­gained lost ground in the open­ing stages, chief among th­ese, Norbi Kiss.

Kiss moved up to the sec­ond po­si­tion af­ter an en­ter­tain­ing scrap with An­thony Janiec’s Lion Truck MAN. Iveco lost ground with Kör­ber slip­ping back and drop­ping from third to tenth. This was fol­lowed by Hahn suf­fer­ing a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence. In the lat­ter stages of the race both Ive­cos were on a mis­sion to get back into the points po­si­tions. It was the same with An­to­nio Al­bacete and David Vršecký. An­dré Kur­sim put on a strong per­for­mance and stayed out of trou­ble to take fourth over­all, his best ever re­sult in the FIA ETRC. Vršecký man­aged to come back into fifth po­si­tion in the sec­ond of the Bug­gyra Freight­lin­ers with St­effi Halm in Rein­ert Rac­ing MAN, who ex­pe­ri­enced a rather quiet race, one place be­hind in sixth. Hahn and Kör­ber re­cov­ered to sev­enth and eight po­si­tion re­spec­tively. Al­bacete, who was dead last af­ter the lap one in­ci­dent stormed through the pack to ninth place fol­low­ing a late lunge on Jeremy Robineau. The fi­nal point’s po­si­tion went to José Ro­drigues in his Re­bon­conorte MAN.

Kur­sim takes the Pro­moter Cup

The Pro­moter’s Cup class saw a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win for An­dré Kur­sim. The Ger­man young­ster took con­trol from the sec­ond lap on­wards. The Tankpool24 Rac­ing driver made fur­ther in-roads into José Ro­drigues’ points ad­van­tage with a well-judged drive. Ro­drigues took the run­ners-up po­si­tion af­ter man­ag­ing to drop Jeremy Robineau af­ter he tem­po­rar­ily fell be­hind him af­ter a mid-race ex­cur­sion. Robineau led at the end of the first lap but was quickly usurped by Kur­sim and Ro­drigues and even­tu­ally came home third ahead of Heinz-Werner Lenz’s Mercedes-Benz. Bug­gyra 1969 claimed the Teams’ hon­ours in race three as Adam Lacko and David Vršecký com­bined to beat the Tankpool24 Rac­ing pair­ing of Nor­bert Kiss and An­dre Kur­sim. The Die Bullen IVECO Ma­girus pair­ing of Jochen Hahn and Gerd Kör­ber claimed the fi­nal rung of the podium.

⇨ Adam Lacko (cen­tre) grabbed a firm lead and stayed in con­trol for the rest of the race.

⇧ Hahn put up a stel­lar drive in a 1200 hp cur­sor B en­gine in an Iveco.

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