Although the Hungaroring will eventually be removed from the racing calendar, Norbert Kiss and Révész Racing still have a strong domestic aspect in the European Truck Championship (ETRC), the season of which starts this weekend in Misano, Italy.
The 38-year-old competitor of the Hungarian team won the first starting spot during the early Saturday afternoon qualifying session, beating his six-time European champion opponent, Jochen Hahn from Iveco, by nearly 1.3 seconds. After that, he was able to start the first race from the front, but although he caught the start well, he had to give up the race after three laps due to an electronic fault, which ended with Hahn’s success. Antonio Albacete was second behind the German, and André Kursim was able to take the bottom step of the podium.
The four-time European Championship winner Kiss could start the second race only from the end of the field, but on the rainy course he left behind his opponents one after the other – after five laps he was already in the lead. In the end, he built up a lead of no less than 18 seconds until the end with Révész Racing’s MAN, so he practically outclassed the entire truck Eb field. Sascha Lenz finished second, while Hahn was 26 seconds behind in third place.
Many thanks to Révész Racing for repairing the car, it worked perfectly. I am very happy with this win, although the conditions were difficult due to the rain, but the settings went well
– assessed Kiss in the team’s announcement on Saturday evening. “You had to pay attention to acceleration, step on the gas a little more carefully. Drier weather is forecast for tomorrow; I hope we will be equally fast then and be able to take advantage of the overall disadvantage,” added the defending champion.
On Sunday, a new qualification and two more races await the truck EC field at the Misano track. The two races will take place in the afternoon, from 13:50 and 16:05 according to Central European time.
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