FIA European Truck Racing Championship
Truck Racing: Successful July for Sascha Lenz: victory and podium places on the Slovakiaring and the Nürburgring
The truck racing season reached its peak in July with the races on the Slovakiaring and the popular Truck Grand Prix on the Nürburgring: On July 6th and 7th the FIA ETRC entered the third round in Slovakia. With almost 6 kilometres the race track near the capital Bratislava is not only the longest track of the season, with an average speed of 130 km/h it is also the fastest. In the first race on Saturday morning, MAN driver Sascha Lenz started from sixth position, fought head-to-head duels with his rivals and finally finished the race in fourth place. In the afternoon, the MEYLE-supported pilot started from fourth place and immediately went on a chase: Lenz quickly took the lead and didn't give it up until the finish. The 32-year-old thus clinched his second victory of the season. Together with Spanish MAN pilot Antonio Albacete, Lenz won the team classification for his "Löwen Power" team. On Sunday morning the MAN pilot was able to finish the race in 8th place. The reversed grid regulation gave him the pole position for the race in the afternoon. After a tough but fair fight for the last place on the podium, the MAN pilot was finally rewarded with 4th place and victory for the "Löwen Power" team.
Just two weeks later, from 19 to 21 July, the legendary Truck Grand Prix took place in the Eifel. For years the race has been the highlight of the FIA ETRC calendar and this year the spectacle attracted more than 140,000 visitors. Lenz, who grew up not far from Germany's most famous racetrack, was able to defend his fourth place from start to finish in the first race on Saturday. In the afternoon race he fought his way from 6th to 2nd place in a spectacular race to catch up. On Sunday Lenz was able to finish the first race on rank 4. After some collisions in the starting phase of the afternoon race, Lenz took no risks and was satisfied with eighth place.
After the successful weekend at the Nürburgring, the "Löwen Power" team is now in second place for the summer break. "I didn't want to take any risks for the whole weekend. We were able to celebrate a podium place at our home race and showed that we have the speed for the top three," sums up a satisfied Sascha Lenz.
DMV NES 500
Successful weekend for T3 Motorsport at home race ADAC GT
The DMV NES 500 is a long-distance race on German and European Grand Prix circuits. Such a race lasts between three and four hours and involves three compulsory pit stops. One to a maximum of four drivers share a cockpit - a true team achievement.
On 26th and 27th July the DMV NES 500 season entered its second round at the Lausitzring. Rick Hartmann drove the T3 Motorsport Audi RS3 in front of a home crowd. This time not only the fast Italian Robert Nale supported him, but also T3 Motorsport Team Principal Jens Feucht, who was behind the wheel again after a one-year break. The Scirocco Cup started in the usual line-up with Jonas Greif and Max Günther. The yield of the weekend: Double victory for T3 Motorsport. Both teams drove the fastest laps and were each rewarded with a home win. "It is not only the first victory in the still young history of T3 Motorsport, but there were two of them - and that at our home game at the Lausitzring. There isn't much to say, apart from a big thank you to the entire team, the drivers and all sponsors who support us," said Jens Feucht, Team Principal of T3 Motorsport and this time also as a pilot on the podium.
ADAC GT Masters
3 questions to ... new T3 Motorsport entrant William Tregurtha
Since June 2019 William of Tregurtha T3 Motorsport has been driving alongside his team-mate Maximilian Paul for valuable points in the "League of Super Sports Cars", the ADAC GT Masters. Despite his young age, the 19-year-old Briton can already look back on several successes in GT Motosport: Tregurtha won the British GT4 Championship in 2017 and became vice champion in the European GT4 Championship in 2018.
1. Who is your idol and great role model in motor sports?
I always looked up to Nick Tandy. He's incredibly fast, no matter what car he's in. With hard work and determination, he fights his way up to the top. On top of that he is a really nice guy.
2. What is your personal season highlight 2019?
My personal highlight was my debut for T3 Motorsport in the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring in June. It was my first race in a GT3 car, my first time on the Red Bull Ring and all in all a really great experience.
3. As a professional you have to do without many things. Is there something that is particularly difficult for you?
You definitely don't have much time with your girlfriend, friends and for other social occasions. And of course, you don't have time with your family either. But I wouldn't really call it a big sacrifice. I'm doing a job I love. It's worth it.
Full throttle with MEYLE
To be continued in August
After the well-deserved summer break, the two T3 motorsport pilots Maximilian Paul and William Tregurtha are finally back on track in August. The next stations of the "League of Sports Cars" are Zandvoort, a dune course on the Dutch North Sea coast, and Germany's most famous and extremely demanding racetrack, the Nürburgring. Then it's time again: Start your engines for the fight for important points in the final sprint for the championship.
09.08. – 11.08.2019 ADAC GT Masters, Zandvoort (NL)
16.08. – 18.08.2019 ADAC GT Masters, Nürburgring (DE)
30.08. – 01.09.2019 DMV NES 500, Zandvoort (NL)
31.08. – 01.09.2019 SL Trucksport 30, FIA ETRC, Most (CZ)