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Nogaro This And That

Nogaro - The 3rd round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship in Nogaro, a tiny commune in the southwest of France, was every bit the expected truckrace- and trucker festival, with more than 40,000 visitors in total. We’ve often repeated here that more than 10 times as many fans descend on Circuit Paul Armagnac on race weekends as Nogaro has inhabitants. But that was when the official population was close to 3,000.
Now with 30 people per square kilometre, the Gers department in the heart of the Gascony province is one of the most sparsely populated departments in France, a country that on the whole isn’t itself particularly densely populated. (To compare, North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany, has 523 inhabitants per square kilometre.)
The economy here is almost totally agrarian, and like all regions of this type across Europe, Nogaro too has suffered from an exodus to the cities. As a result, the present population of the town is less than 2,000.
Nevertheless the truck racing weekend actually recorded a spectator record, the 40,000-plus outnumbering the locals 20 to 1...

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Sunday in Nogaro Part 3 – Lacko takes the final race

Sunday in Nogaro Part 3 – Lacko takes the final race

For the second time Rodrigues missed an opportunity to capitalise on his pole position. And then he collected the quicker-accelerating MANs of Lohr and Reinert, which meant the race was pretty much over for all three.
Rodrigues and Lohr dropped way down the field, Reinert limped slowly bank to the pits, his fight finished on the first lap itself.
Janiec had now taken over the lead, followed closely by Lenz, Halm, Lacko, and Hahn.
While Lenz was being swarmed by his pursuers, Janiec was able to put some distance between himself and the rest, to the delight of more than 40,000 spectators...

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Sunday in Nogaro Part 2 – Clear win for Jochen Hahn

Sunday in Nogaro Part 2 – Clear win for Jochen Hahn

The weathermen were spot-on, there was no rain, and so Sunday’s first race passed off peacefully and without incident.
The most significant happening had passed - MB Motorsport announcing that the damage to Norbert Kiss’s Mercedes could not be repaired with the resources available at the circuit, and indeed in such a short time. And so there were only 10 trucks on the grid.
Polesitter Lacko ceded his advantage to a hard-charging Hahn at the start, and the German went on to win the race unchallenged thereafter...

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