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Zolder This And That

In the run-up to the 7th round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, nobody could have reckoned – not in the truck racing community and not in the tankpool24 Racing team – that the two Mercedes pilots Norbert Kiss (HUN) and André Kursim (GER) would win three of the four races, one of those a one-two to boot. And that at Circuit Zolder, a track on which they haven’t exactly shone so far.
The fact that the team had an important PR commitment in Northern Germany to honour in the couple of days immediately before meant that André Kursim and his Mercedes couldn’t make it in time for free practice on Friday...

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Sunday in Zolder Part 3 – Kursim shows his first win was no flash in the pan

Sunday in Zolder Part 3 – Kursim shows his first win was no flash in the pan

To the joy of the truck racers and the crowds – an official attendance figure isn’t out yet – the glorious weather continued through the day. To the great joy of the tankpool24 team, André Kursim celebrated his second win of the weekend – his second, indeed, in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship.
In the hours before the race Markus Bauer and his merry men were doubtful their youngster Kursim would be able to defend his pole against the streetwise twice-champion David Vršecký. But their apprehension proved misplaced; the Mercedes pilot shot off into the lead following a fluent start and held it till flagfall. Vršecký, on the other hand, had to use every trick in his book to beat back a pack of pursuers led by Kiss. This was a most accomplished group consisting of, in addition to the Hungarian, Albacete, Lacko, Hahn, Lenz, and Steffi Halm...

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Sunday in Zolder Part 2 - Lacko cruises to victory

Sunday in Zolder Part 2 - Lacko cruises to victory

Many watching the trucks take their places in the formation did a double take – yesterday’s celebrated winner André Kursim was seen pulling into the 12th slot, even though he’d qualified 9th. The fact is, the tankpool24 pilot had picked up a three-place grid penalty for cutting a corner while overtaking José Rodrigues in Race 2. Further up everything was as it should be. Polesitter Lacko cemented his claim on the title with a chanceless pole-to-flag win. Behind the Czech there were only minor changes in the order. Hahn shot out ahead of Albacete to seize second place. Behind Steffi Halm, Lenz initially was forced to bow to his direct pursuers Kiss and Vršecký, but then immediately grabbed 6th place back from the Czech. The first six positions were thus settled early on...

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