Saturday in Jarama Part 2 – Hahn wins an impact-ful race
06. October 2018Jarama - Race 1 could be described as relatively untoward – it proceeded uneventfully AFTER that horrific pile-up a third into Lap 1. On the entry to Turn 5 (Farina), where the craziest fans congregate, the very spot where the largest number of spectacular accidents have occurred, came the inevitable crunch. Albacete and Kiss, just six points apart in the race for second runner-up, tore after race leader Hahn side by side into the Pegaso and collided. The Hungarian’s Mercedes on the inside slid off onto the grass and kicked up a cloud of dust. Albacete’s MAN hurtled off the outside through the gravel and came to a halt at the tyre barrier. Kiss carried on, but was swung sideways from behind – and then events spiralled out of control. The Mercedes was pitched into the gravel while continuing to spin through 90°, sending up a swirl of dust and smoke that reduced the visibility for the oncoming trucks to zero. One truck crashed into another and so it went on. Nobody knew what was going on; all you could hear was metal slamming into metal. When the dust cleared, the Mercedes was seen lying across the track like some kind of grotesque barrier, Kursim’s Iveco having smashed into it broadside and made deep impact, the Iveco in turn having been rear-ended by Frankie Vojtíšek’s MAN. Two more MANs had crashed into the Czech’s truck – those of Brit Jamie Anderson from the right and Spaniard Luis Recuenco from the left.
The clean-up took an hour. As aforementioned, the race that restarted was a most tame affair. The shock was too great, and risky manoeuvres were studiously shunned. Albacete had made it back onto the grid relatively unharmed, and slotted in promptly behind pole-to-flag victor Hahn. Behind him came Lenz, but he was overtaken mid-race by Lacko, who crossed the line in P3. José Rodrigues followed Lenz home in P5, ahead of Reinert, Halm, and Brereton. The Brit now has pole for Race 2.
The two remaining points-paying places were taken by Mercedes pilot Steffen Faas (GER) and Janiec.
Brereton was the top driver in the Grammer Truck Cup, ahead of Faas and Oly Janes (GBR) in the Buggyra Freightliner. „Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus“ (Hahn / Steffi Halm), took the top step of the team podium. Reinert Adventure (Lenz / Reinert) was runner-up, ahead of Truck Sport Lutz Bernau (Albacete / Recuenco). Reinert Adventure has enough points to seal its position as runner-up in the championship.