A perfect weekend for IVECO: the Bullen of IVECO Magirus leads the team ranking following a superb start to the new season. Jochen Hahn is Number 1 in the driver ranking and Gerd Körber is in 4th place.
The Bullen of IVECO Magirus Team, a brand new partnership between the two teams powered by IVECO, Hahn Racing and Schwabentruck, dominated the 2017 Austrian Truck Race Trophy at the Spielberg Red Bull Ring. The newly formed partnership tallied up two impressive victories plus a podium placement for Jochen Hahn of Team Hahn Racing, and two podium wins for Gerd Körber of Team Schwabentruck.
The defending champion Jochen Hahn inaugurated his brand new IVECO truck – a Stralis 440 E 56 XP-R race truck with an IVECO Cursor 13 engine, specially prepared by FPT Industrial – by making a clean sweep of victories at Austrian Truck Race that placed him in the lead of the driver ranking. Gerd Körber of the Schwabentruck Team reached two podium places and finished the weekend in 4th place in the driver ranking.
The Austrian Truck Race took place over the two days of the weekend with four competitions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.
On Saturday, Jochen Hahn took the first FIA European Truck Racing Championship race of the season at Red Bull Ring after a commanding display of his driving skills. Claiming his first win for IVECO, the champion converted pole position into a maximum points result, holding off Steffi Halm throughout the 20-lap race. Gerd Körber had to manage his pace in the closing stages of the first race but he held on to begin the new season with a 3rd place.
In the second race, which started with a reverse grid respect to the first race arrival, Jochen Hahn reached the 5th place and Gerd Körber achieved another 3rd place on the podium. Local driver Markus Altenstrasser brought his Schwabentruck Team home in 8th and 9th place in the two races of the day.
On Sunday, Jochen Hahn claimed his final victory of the weekend with a second win in the first event of the 2017 FIA European Truck Racing Championship at Red Bull Ring.
He succeeded in moving up his new IVECO truck from 3rd place to the lead in one manoeuvre after contact between the leading pair Sascha Lenz and Adam Lacko. He closed the 3rd race ended with another podium – the 2nd place. Gerd Körber had some bad luck in this race because of an accident and finished in 11th place. In the final race, which started with a reverse grid respect to the first race arrival, Hahn closed with a first place and Körber succeeded in working his way up the placements and finished 5th.
The next Grand Prix on the 2017 FIA European Truck Racing Championship schedule will take place in Misano, in Italy, over the weekend of 27/28 May.
Spielberg, 15 May 2017