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Truck racing: rapid Renaults at centre of action in Germany

More than 192,000 visitors made their way last weekend to the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany to follow the fifth round of the FIA Truck Racing European Championship. At the end of the Grand Prix, the points won by the Renault Trucks sponsored drivers left Markus Altenstrasser in 7th position in the Championship and Frankie Vojtisek in 8th position. In team placings, Team Frankie came in 3rd.

More than 192,000 visitors made their way last weekend to the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany to follow the fifth round of the FIA Truck Racing European Championship. At the end of the Grand Prix, the points won by the Renault Trucks sponsored drivers left Markus Altenstrasser in 7th position in the Championship and Frankie Vojtisek in 8th position. In team placings, Team Frankie came in 3rd.

Centrepiece of the impressive Nurburgring paddock was the Frankie Truck Racing team – with their immaculately presented competition vehicles and transporters plus VIP hospitality area guaranteed to catch the eye of any passer-by.

Before racing commenced both Frankie Vojtisek and Markus Altenstrasser had participated in the ‘Press Day’ activity – where the race drivers can provide the media with a unique on-board experience, circulating the famous circuit at racing pace in the passenger seat of a racetruck!

Once the competition proper commenced (with a wet and slippery track) the two Renaults appeared to be handling the adverse conditions very well; the first time sheets showed Altenstrasser to be 3rd fastest with Frankie only fractions slower as he clocked 5th fastest time. Unfortunately, because of overspeed, the two team mates were relegated to the bottom of the grid for the selections the following day.

With the track still treacherous driver talent certainly showed through; both Markus and Frankie successfully sliced through the field to move into the top ten… the pair of Renaults making up 12 places as Vojtisek and Altenstrasser progressed from 20th and 21st respectively to a most impressive 8th and 9th at the finishing line.

Saturday’s Championship race, a few hours later – brought about better track conditions and some considerably quicker lap times. Altenstrasser was certainly in good form and moved up two places to take the chequered flag a strong 7th while Frankie battled hard with former champion Stuart Oliver to finally retain his 8th place.

The combined results of the two brought the Frankie Racing team the 2nd place trophy in the FIA teams’ championship.

Some sunshine and a dry track greeted the racers for Sunday’s practice session and once the ‘set-up’ had been adjusted for the change of conditions the Renaults were both lapping quickly; Vojtisek claimed 6th spot on the grid with a time of 1m.56.597s. (average speed 112.047) with Altenstrasser just 0.047s. slower to claim 7th.

The start of Sunday’s Qualy race saw both drivers steering clear of trouble – but with Markus eventually gaining the advantage over his team-mate, so he came home in 6th with Frankie taking 7th.

Frankie unfortunately sustained some damage and got pushed wide mind-race in a clash with Frenchman Dominique Lacheze…so the Czech pilot finally had to back off and settle for 11th, just outside the points.
Markus finally took the flag in 7th place…

There is now a six week break before the next European Championship event at the Autodrom Most (Czech Republic) on August 30/31. As with all their main rivals, there will be plenty of analysis of data and some thorough and extensive preparation work to provide the drivers with a competitive package for this important event, the ‘home’ race for the Frankie Racing team.


Lyon, 23 July 2008

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