Buggyra Academy France is gearing up for the French title battle
The Buggyra Academy France drivers start their mission in the French Truck Championship at the weekend. The reigning 2021 French champion, Téo Calvet, returns to the domestic scene and will be joined by father and son José and Raphaël Sousa of VTR Racing. The Paul Ricard circuit will host the first of six race weekends. Track is located in the south of the country near the port city of Marseille.
"We have successfully completed a crucial part of the season, the Nogaro test. Now we're going to get down to the battle for points and laurels. Téo is, naturally, the team leader, but this year we are joined by Raphaël and José," explained Fabien Calvet, manager of Buggyra Academy France.
Its members took part in the tests in Nogaro and listened carefully to the advice of the manager, the drivers and the race engineers. "We had a lot of students. Supporting their growth is crucial for us to elevate the standard of the French championship," said Fabien Calvet.
"We will be fighting for the championship again, our ultimate goal is to emerge victorious," says Téo Calvet, who can be proud of his crown as the reigning Promoters Cup champion in the FIA ETRC championship which he triumphantly achieved representing Buggyra ZM Racing. "I'm very happy to be back on track. We will fight as a team to be proud of our results," added the young Frenchman.
Portuguese natives José and Raphaël Sousa are regular participants in the French championship. "Joining Buggyra Academy France is an important step for us on Raphaël's journey upwards to even better results. In the highly competitive field of the French Championship having a reliable partner is essential, and Buggyra, with its extensive truck racing tradition, certainly fits the bil," explained the experienced José Sousa.
As in the FIA ETRC series, the French Championship race weekend consists of a total of four races. On both days, the standings are decided at the start of the first qualifying session and the following Super Pole. In the second heat, with half the points, the order of the top eight (on some of the narrower tracks only the top six) will swap on the grid.
26th - 28th May: Paul Ricard
17th - 18th June: Nogaro
15th - 16th July: Nürburgring
1st - 3rd September: Charade
23rd - 24th September: Le Mans
14th - 15th October: Albi