With the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship’s 2023 season two meetings and eight races old, the purple-liveried SL Apollo Tyres Trucksport is competing at the top end of the driver’s championship. German 35-year-old driver Sascha Lenz says that the truck is ready to compete following mechanical challenges in pre-season practice, having stepped up the pace in the season to sit in fourth position in the driver standings. The championship has visited the Autodromo Misano World Circuit in Italy and the Slovakia Ring so far, with the new Polish round at Poznan coming up on 24-25 June. Lenz pronounced himself and the team “satisfied” with the team’s improvements in the new race truck: “My initial feeling after the testing was that we were far from where we wanted to be in terms of set-up. However, we have proved that we are going in the right direction.”
Goodyear is a long-term headline supporter and tyre supplier of one the most heavyweight forms of motorsport: truck racing. The tyre manufacturer says supplying the tyres on which the series competes demonstrates the performance, durability and sustainability of its truck tyre technology. The 2022 Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship season ended in Jarama, Spain on 2 October, the last of eight rounds, with Norbert Kiss winning his fourth title. Teo Calvet fending off close competition to win the Goodyear FIA ETRC Promoter’s Cup.
Goodyear and the FIA European Truck Racing Championship (FIA ETRC) have renewed their long-standing partnership with another three-year contract extension. The tyre maker says this underlines its “commitment to the exciting future vision of FIA ETRC”, including an increased focus on innovation, sustainability and talent development.
Liqui Moly and European champion Jochen Hahn are beginning the new season of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship together. The German lubricant specialist is supporting the Hahn Racing Team in its title defence. On 14 May the new season begins in Spielberg, Austria.
Volvo Trucks vehicle “The Iron Knight” has broken two world speed records for trucks on Goodyear tyres. The company’s rubber helped the 4.5 tonne, 2,400 horsepower truck achieve an average speed of 169.09 km/h (105 mph) in a time of 21.29 seconds, over 1,000 meters from a standing start. The Iron Knight also beat the record for the 500 metre distance, at 131.29 km/h (81.6 mph) in 13.71 seconds from a standing start. During the record runs The Iron Knight reached a top speed of 276 km/h (171.5 mph).
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has chosen Goodyear as the exclusive tyre partner for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship for the next three years. The partnership extends and expands Goodyear’s long involvement in the series for which it has been producing special developed truck racing tyres since 2004. The tyre manufacturer was rewarded for the proven performance of its tyres with the renewal of its contact, which makes Goodyear a partner of the newly formed ETRA Promotion GmbH (ETRA) – the series’ new promotor.