ONE RACE FROM THE END OF THE SEASON, RENAULT TRUCKS STILL LEADS THE EUROPEAN TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
This was a ‘must-be-there’ European truck racing championship event, and the 24-hour le Mans Truck Race certainly lived up to its reputation. In beautiful sunshine, over 51,000 spectators turned up over the weekend: a festive, family atmosphere prevailed, with lots of events and guaranteed show time on the track! On the Renault Trucks stand, many spectators queued up to discover the 2010 version of the Truck Racing By Renault Trucks video game on simulators installed on hydraulic cylinders and danced the night away to the sound of DJ Laurent Wolf who set the party alight from the top of a Renault Trucks semi-trailer! The weekend was also a big success for the Renault Trucks team who, with one victory and one top three finish, held onto the leadership of the team rankings. But the title is not yet in the bag, with everything to play for in the last race: what a finale!
Saturday was difficult for the Renault Trucks-MKR Technology Team trucks which did not feature amongst the front runners. On Sunday, the team performed more to its usual standard: Markus Oestreich won the first race of the day and Markus Bösiger finished 3rd. During the second race, the two Markuses finished 2nd and 3rd. In the rankings, the two drivers have held onto their positions. Markus Bösiger keeps 2nd place with 293 place and Markus Oestreich 4th with 250 points. In the team rankings Renault Trucks-MKR Technology still leads the way with 625 points. But it is not over yet for the title and there is still everything to play for in the season-closer at Jarama in Spain on October 2nd and 3rd for a final round which is going to be a real show-down.
More than ever, Le Mans was the stage for a cut-throat battle between the different drivers. ln the Super Pôle in the Saturday race, the first five trucks finished within just SIX-tenths of a second of each other, with Markus Bösiger missing pole position by seven-thousandths of a second. This made Truck Racing look more like Formula 1 racing than anything else!
Whilst the spectators certainly did not regret turning up for the racing, they were also given a real treat by the organisers and Renault Trucks off the track. With over 450 customers invited to the VIP areas, a public stand and a boutique, Renault Trucks was obviously a major partner of the event.
On the stand festooned with the Renault Trucks Racing colours, visitors were able to get an avant première of four prototypes of the future limited Renault Premium Truck Racing series which will come out in 2011. The events staged by Renault Trucks included the 24-hour tuning session with the Magnum. The truck, known for the comfort of its cab and long-distance exterior design was the star of the show. And the decorated trucks parade was led out by the current Limited Series Magnum Route 66 driven by the winner of the Route 66 website competition.
There were also simulators mounted on hydraulic cylinders on the stand to inaugurate the brand new version of the Truck Racing by Renault Trucks video game. With new trucks, new circuits, a better playing experience and multi-player online formats, the 2010 version can be downloaded by anyone free of charge from www.renault-trucks.com/truckracing.
In the evening, on the Renault Trucks on a semi-trailer hooked up to a limited-series Racing Premium, the famous DJ Laurent Wolf, a keen fan of motor racing, kept the party going all night. We just look forward to next year!