Jochen Hahn increases his lead on the overall standings with another victory in Most
With – according to the organizer – some 89,600 visitors on site to watch and experience the 5th round of this year's FIA European Truck Racing Championship, which took place on the Autodrom of the Czech town of Most, Iveco pilot Jochen Hahn once again managed to increase his lead on the overall standings. The title defender now holds 224 points, that's 75 points more than his closest rival.
As early as on Friday, the free practice sessions were held – with summer weather at its best. Jochen's performance was a forecast of what was to come throughout the weekend: He achieved the fastest lap times. As scheduled, the traditional race-truck parade to the town center of Most took place on the very same evening. Again, countless fans gathered downtown for the autograph sessions and numerous visitors were keen on having a close look at the race trucks.
On Saturday, things became serious as the qualifying for the first race took place. With an advantage of 77 thousandth of a second over Buggyra pilot Adam Lacko (CZE), the pilot from Altensteig won the Super Pole of the top ten and thus the pole position for the first race on Saturday. Jochen Hahn got off to a great start and accomplished a sovereign and safe start-to-finish-victory. Adam Lacko ranked second closely followed by a whole combat group consisting of the MAN pilots Sascha Lenz (GER) and Antonio Albacete (ESP) as well as Jochen's brand and teammate Steffi Halm (GER). It wasn't until the second-last lap, that a burst tire on Lenz' truck decided about the outcome of this fight. As a result, the young German Iveco pilot even managed to finish third – ranking ahead of Antonio Albacete.
Of course, "the bulls on Iveco Magirus" – consisting of Jochen Hahn and Steffi Halm – also won the team standings.
Due to the reversed grid, Jochen started the second race of the day from eighth position. René Reinert (GER) – steering yet another Hahn Iveco – took the lead right from the start. And Jochen got off well, too. Throughout the first couple of laps, he ranked up some positions and closed the gap towards the leaders. On the very top, a tough but fair fight arose between Reinert, Albacete and Lacko. Jochen had a close view on the spectacle from his box seat. On one hand, the pilot from Altensteig didn't want to risk anything, on the other hand, he was close enough to pass in case the trio in front of him committed any mistakes. But they didn't. There was no chance for his chasers to pass the Reinert Iveco. Consequently, Jochen stuck to his rank and finished fourth.
With Steffi Halm ranking sixth, "the bulls on Iveco Magirus" finished second this time.
Sunday began with sunshine at its best – especially for Team Hahn Racing. Predominantly, Jochen secured his ninth pole position of the season – out of ten so far. This provided him with a perfect point of departure for the first race on Sunday.
Right before the start, however, dark clouds covered the sky above the Autodrom in Most. Due to the rain setting in, the stewards decided to start the race under yellow flag conditions. On the drying track, Jochen Hahn and his Iveco prevailed increasing the gap towards their chasers, when all the sudden, heavy rain flooded the race track. One after another, the trucks slid off the track and the race was canceled. The trucks waited for the restart – at first on the pit lane, then at the Parc Fermé.
When the race was finally about to be restarted, heavy thunderstorm and rain set in again. Around 6 o'clock in the evening, the teams were finally informed that the race was not going to be started anymore due to the heavy rain – and the second race of the day was also called off. There were no more points to be collected on Sunday.
In about two weeks, from September 13 to 15, however, Jochen will again get another chance to win additional points at the 6th round of this year's FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) taking place in Zolder, Belgium.