All roads will lead to the Nürburgring this weekend
The headline is clear, on Saturday and Sunday the fastest truckers on the old continent will compete for points in the European Truck Championship at the famous circuit. The Buggyra Racing team will field three specials piloted by Adam Lacko, Aliyyah Koloc and Téo Calvet.
This will be the first time since 2004, when the trio of European champions Ludovic Faure, David Vršecký and Antonio Albacete drove the Buggyras. The year before, the star trio with Gerd Körber even occupied the complete podium at the Nürburgring. "It's true that Antonio drove for his team, but on a Buggyra," recalls David Vršecký, who celebrated his first ever Cup victory in Germany. "And it was raced in the rain, and I hadn't had to get wet until then. And to top it all off, I had a slightly annoyed Gerd behind me the whole time, who lived in the idea that he had to win at home. This year it probably won't be a hat-trick, but on the other hand anything can happen."
Let them learn
With Buggyra's proposal of spreading the race weekend over three days not passing, all drivers will have to come to terms with the new, previously untried format. This is because on both days of the weekend, after timed practice and superpole, there will be the traditional cup race and handicap race, but then there will be one more full points race. "Nürburgring is very much a contact circuit, the mechanics will be out in force, but it's their job nonetheless. I would say Aliyyah won't even notice because she wants to race all the time, she'll just have to get used to a slightly different level of racing. Anyway, physically she's up to it, she'll have the best possible mentor in David," says team boss Martin Koloc about his daughter. "I just wonder if some of the riders will go into the duels with Aliyyah with as much vigour as they did in Nogaro? On the other hand, let them learn."
Also an absolute novelty will be the necessity to complete the second fastest lap of the timed practice session, the results of which will determine the position on the grid for the final race. "We will have to change our training strategy, which was based on one fast lap. Capturing the two fastest laps seems to me to be the best option. At least the organizers won't have to "rummage" through the results. However, I am fully aware that Jochen, Sasha, Norbi will choose a similar strategy. I just have to make it clear on the spot what will happen if I set the two fastest laps with the same time," guesses Adam Lacko, second in the standings.
Téo Calvet is also in complete agreement with his stablemate. "The two handicap races will definitely not be so contact because there will be a lot of points in play. I haven't done three races in one day yet, but on the other hand, everything has to be the first time," says the interim leader of the French championship.