The start of the new Truck Racing season is fast approaching. The Renault Trucks-MKR Technology team, European Team Champions in 2012, are now preparing to defend their crown. After having worked all winter long on the racing trucks, the team is counting on its two drivers Adam Lacko and Markus Bösiger to take its trucks to the front of the pack during the 10 races in the 2013 season.
The 2013 Truck Racing season will be the seventh year that Renault Trucks has been involved in the competition. After two European Team Championship wins with MKR Technology in 2010 and 2012, the manufacturer and its partner are now preparing to defend their crown and are determined to be among the front runners throughout the season. To achieve this goal, the team has decided to field two trucks, which will be driven by Czech driver Adam Lacko and Swiss driver Markus Bösiger.
Although it will not be starting start until 18 May in Misano (Italy), the 2013 season has been the main concern for many long months for the Renault Trucks-MKR Technology team. Engineers and mechanics have been working throughout the winter to improve the chassis and the engine on the new trucks.
"We have optimised the useful range of our DXi 13 Racing engine and carried out significant work on the camshaft, injection and electronic controls which will further improve our performance, particularly with regard to pick up at low engine speeds", explains Gérard Pétraz, Renault Trucks Racing's technical director. "We have also reduced the engine's internal friction, which improves its overall yield, by applying solutions used in the Euro VI engines equipping the new Renault Trucks range."
As far as the chassis is concerned, MKR Technology has improved ground links in the front and rear. "During the second half of the 2012 season, we did a great deal of work on the front and rear ground links (suspension and shock absorbers), as well as on the front axle by applying the best technical solutions that had been tested throughout the 2012 season on the truck driven by Markus Bösiger," explains Mario Kress.
Adam Lacko added that he is very keen to get back on the tracks: "I think we're going to give our rivals a very tough time this year and that it will be crowned with success for the team and for me."
European Truck Racing Championship calendar for 2013:
18 and 19 May: Misano (Italy)
1er and 2 June: Navarra (Spain)
15 and 16 June: Nogaro (France)
6 and 7 July: Spielberg (Austria)
13 and 14 July: Nürburgring (Germany)
27 and 28 July: Smolensk (Russia)
31 August and 1 September: Most (Czech Republic)
21 and 22 September: Zolder (Belgium)
5 and 6 October: Jarama (Spain)
12 and 13 October: Le Mans (France)