Regardless of rain, the fans saw Adam Lacko’s great performances

03.09.2018 08:21

The fans of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) were not discouraged by adverse weather conditions from visiting the Most motor-racing circuit this weekend. The race track hosted truck battles fought by truck racing drivers under the name of the Czech Truck Prix for the twenty-sixth time this weekend. Close to 91,000 motor racing fans came to watch the races, which is almost the same attendance figure as last year.

“It was raining virtually all day long on Saturday while the rain was falling even heavier on Sunday morning. Later in the morning, the weather improved and the sun shone out. Given the weather conditions, the attendance has exceeded all expectations. The fans deserve our big thanks for their determination and loyalty,” AUTODROM MOST Business and Marketing Manager Jana Svobodová was full of praise for the spectators.

When supporting the Czech drivers, the crowd produced a unique atmosphere. They were especially happy with superb performances delivered by Adam Lacko, a Buggyra Racing team driver and the reigning European champion. He was not defeated in any race on Saturday while on Sunday, he added a second place in Race 1. In Race 2, he finished fourth, just below the podium, after starting seventh. “I enjoyed the Czech Truck Prix, which I have taken part in regularly. Truck racing has a special charm, and watching the close fights with my own eyes always gets my blood flowing,” said fifty-three years old Karel Justra of Litvínov.

Lacko managed to take nine points out of German Iveco driver Jochen Hahn’s lead. All the same, Lacko is still forty-eight points behind the four-time European champion. In spite of that, Adam’s prospects are relatively promising three race weekends before the end of the season. Although his chances of defending his title are slim, they are not unrealistic.

Parts of the Czech Truck Prix race weekend were Octavia Cup, Renault Clio Cup Central Europe and KIA Platinum Cup support race series. As far as the first two series are concerned, another Czech outstanding driver, Tomáš Pekař, made his appearance. He easily won the races involving the popular Škoda cars on both Saturday and Sunday to restore his lead in the provisional classification after having missed the event held on the Slovakia Ring, whereas he used his supply of bad luck in the Saturday Renault Clio Cup race at Most.

On Saturday, Pekař dominated the qualifying session as well as the race, but only until the safety car was deployed. After losing his comfortable lead on the restart, he eventually finished fourth. To make matters worse, the stewards of the meeting later took a decision to disqualify him from the final race result for breach of technical regulations. In the Sunday race, he came fourth after beautiful battles with his rivals. Tomáš, too, earned a lot of cheers and admiring applause from the numerous crowds.

Both Kia Platinum Cup races took place on Sunday. Race 1 was won by German Jan-Lukas Keil while Race 2, by Konrad Wröbel of Poland, who leads the provisional classification. To see the results of all Czech Truck Prix weekend races in detail, click here, here, here and here.

The programme of side events, dedicated to the centenary since the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic this time, offered a show called The Most Truck Festival after its last year’s successful premiere with more than a hundred trucks entered. The truck parade lap around the main track at lunchtime on both Saturday and Sunday also enjoyed an unprecedented interest of the spectators. Adverse weather conditions prevented Petr Kopfstein, a participant in the Red Bull Air Race Master Class world championship, from performing his aerobatic show. Nevertheless, interested persons were able to take a look round Most and its outskirts from the air during helicopter sightseeing flights. The programme also included passenger rides in specially modified cars or in an armoured fighting vehicle. Children enjoyed a number of free attractions.

 


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