ETRC race at Misano postponed to October
What everyone expected is happening. Due to the current COVID situation in Italy, the race at the Misano circuit in Italy has been postponed. It was supposed to be the opening round of this year’s European Truck Racing Championship on May 22-23, but it has been rescheduled to October. The fastest truckers now must wait until June 12-13 for the race at Hungaroring, Hungary.
The head of communication for the Buggyra team, Jan Kalivoda, was not surprised but also not too excited about the news. “We’ve been following the situation in Italy closely. We all focused on prepare ourselves for the start at the end of May, but there’s nothing we can do. We’ll try to arrange some testing at Most. As of Hungaroring, we’ll be racing there this weekend. Apparently, the Hungarians have everything under control, so we’ll get ready for October. It might affect our preparations for Dakar, but that’s how it is.”
Adam Lacko, traditionally one of the biggest series favourites, shared pretty much the same opinion. “I and my wife have agreed to keep the amount of the information about COVID to the bare minimum. Just like Jan, I’m not surprised. There’s nothing I’d like to do more than racing, but we can’t do anything about it. And while Hungaroring is not one of my favourite circuits, I’m looking forward just as much as my young children,” added the 2017 European champion.
And the head of team logistics, Petr Marek, is also not overly excited about the news of moving the race from May to October. “I’m curious about what they’re going to do about it. We’re racing at Le Mans on the last weekend in September, then we go straight to Jarama. If they put Misano to October 9-10, then we’ll be on the road for three weeks. So, we need to think about warehouse logistics,” said the only man who remembers the first titles of the team boss Martin Koloc from 1995 and 1996.