Rampage of the elements cancels race at the Nürburgring
Originally, the second round of this year's European Truck Championship was to make history with its unusual format of three races in one day. In the end, unfortunately, everything is different, as the race weekend has now been cancelled without replacement due to the devastating rains and flooding.
Buggyra Racing's chief of communication Jan Kalivoda has been watching the situation with concern since the morning. "We were supposed to start with three specials, so half of the team was on the road. We were in contact with them, it looked worse hour by hour, but in the end it didn't work out. We are all sorry but I completely understand the organisers' decision, there are times when there are more important things than racing." A possible alternative date is not yet in play. "I don't think it's appropriate to discuss it at this point. People in the region have completely different concerns than dealing with racing. All the teams in the FIA European Truck Cup are showing solidarity by donating food and drink to the local volunteer fire brigade and helpers who have been tirelessly deployed since last night."
"I was really looking forward to the Nürbugring, but there's nothing to be done," responded Adam Lacko, the championship runner-up. "I can only confirm what Jan said. I associate the Nürburgring with a weekend attendance of around 200,000 people, who can create an unforgettable atmosphere comparable only to Most. We talked with both Té and Aliyyah about how we could not imagine how we would race or enjoy success given the tragedy that has befallen the immediate area. It would have been nothing. The organisers, the promoter and the FIA made the right decision. We have to wait for the Bridge."
Although team principal Martin Koloc admits the financial losses associated with the cancellation of the races, he does not accept any other option. "So far there are dozens of known fatalities, many missing, astronomical economic losses. To race in such a situation is contrary to common sense, moreover, last year taught us to act flexibly. On Friday night we will sit down with the team management and we will solve what to do with the situation. In any case, we are keeping our fingers crossed for everyone in the Rheinland-Pfalz and looking forward to the Nürburgring in 2022."