Sunday in Jarama Part 2 - Lacko leads from the lights
06. October 2019Jarama - The trucks made their way onto the grid under a pleasant summer sun. A few cirrostrati appeared, then flitted out of sight again. The temperature was a very agreeable 25°.
For Hahn, it was certainly an agreeable race too, even if he found himself sandwiched between Lacko and Albacete over the closing laps.
The Czech had cheerfully translated his pole into a lead, even as Hahn hitched his Iveco to the rear of the Freightliner but dared take no further risk. There is, after all, absolutely nothing left for him to win. No danger from behind either, and the two pulled out a gap of a couple of seconds over Lenz and Albacete. When the matador from Madrid moved ahead of his Löwen Power teammate on Lap 4, things began to get livelier out at the front. To the great delight of the crowds, Albacete rapidly reeled the leaders in, hoping to pressure the duo into an error he might exploit, although any trading of places between them at this stage was difficult to imagine, considering the trio have all the experience of 10 championships combined. Hahn had ensconced himself in P2 and nothing, it appeared, could prevent him from finishing in that position. Lacko was happy to have the German on his heels and not the Spaniard. And Albacete too didn’t want to take any big risks considering that finishing in the present order would still leave him with an advantage in the overall standings. In the event, the three zapped the timing beam less than a second apart at the flag.
The battle for P4 was a bit harder because it involved Lenz and Kiss, who are fighting for fifth place in the championship. The Hungarian attacked Lenz’s MAN repeatedly – he had do, seeing as the German is above him in the points. All to no avail. Lenz held on to stay 15 hundredths ahead, but both trucks had the scars to show.
Steffi Halm serenely sailed to sixth.
The surprise package was Citignola. The Mercedes pilot surged to seventh on the first lap, then hung in there till the finish.
Reinert crossed the line in P8 after a protracted wrestle with José Rodrigues, and was rewarded with pole position for Race 4, the 30th and last of this season. Iveco pilot Kursim took the final FIA point.
Citignola was the worthy winner of the Grammer Truck Cup, beating British MAN pilots Terry Gibbon and Jamie Anderson to the top step of that podium.
Löwen Power (Albacete / Lenz) beat „Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus“ (Hahn / Steffi Halm) and Buggyra Racing 1969 ( Janes / Lacko) in the penultimate team contest.