Frankie Vojtisek and his team-mate Markus Altenstrasser both performed strongly in all four outings this weekend in Spain – the two Frankie Racing Renault trucks maintaining their 6th and 8th position in the ranking.
The real talking point of the paddock in Albacete was the extremely changeable weather. While Saturday was very warm with brilliant sunshine, Sunday morning dawned with an overcast sky.
It remained dry for the Qualifying race… but as the trucks lined up on the grid for the final race of the weekend the heavens opened and there was torrential rain for the rest of the afternoon.
Practice on Saturday in the sunshine saw Altenstrasser setting a best lap time of 1m.56.989s (average speed 108.9km/h) for the tight and twisty 3.539km Albacete circuit – placing the Austrian in 7th spot on the starting grid. Frankie was only fractionally slower; just 0.094s behind – so the two red Renaults lined up side-by-side for the Qualifying race.
Both drivers made a good getaway at the rolling start and successfully negotiated the crowded first turn to emerge with Altenstrasser and Vojtisek 6th and 7th respectively – positions they held through to the finish.
The Saturday Championship race was fiercely contested – with some fairly brutal moves in the crowded pack. Altenstrasser had a relatively clear run to 6th again – but Frankie came under attack from the MAN of Stuart Oliver and found himself working hard to defend his 7th place
and he was finally classified 9th.
For the final race of the week-end the extreme weather made any real performance comparisons impossible – but the slippery track certainly required some very precise driving. Frankie always excels in the wet and turned in a good drive to hold sixth throughout – close behind Oliver.
Altenstrasser also coped well with the treacherous conditions – shadowing his Renault team-mate to take the chequered flag in 7th place, bringing his points tally for the weekend up to 21.
Vojtisek and Altenstrasser continue to hold 6th and 8th respectively in the overall championship standings.
There is now a three week break in the calendar before the next event of the European season – at Nogaro, France on June 28/29.