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The Bullen of IVECO Magirus win second race at Italian Grand Prix

An adrenaline-fuelled weekend full of challenge for IVECO: it’s another win for the Bullen of IVECO Magirus with Jochen Hahn at the Italian Truck Race.

Centre stage in the IVECO paddock were the Stralis Emotional Trucks: the brand new Hahn Racing Emotional Truck, the Team Schwabentruck Emotional Truck, and the Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO Emotional Truck, which celebrates the successes of De Rooy’s team at the Dakar rally raid.

Misano, 28 May 2017

The Bullen of IVECO Magirus – Hahn Racing and Team Schwabentruck – have just completed the Grand Prix of Italy of the 2017 edition of the European Truck Racing Championship in Misano (RN).

Defending champion Jochen Hahn brings home another victory in the second race of the first day with his new IVECO Stralis 440 E 56 XP-R race truck mounting an IVECO Cursor 13 engine specially prepared by FPT Industrial.

IVECO_Podium Day 1_ Race 2_Truck Race Misano
IVECO Podium Day 1, Race 2 Truck Race Misano

The Italian Truck Race took place over the two days of the weekend with four competitions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The first of the four competitions of the Grand Prix in Misano turned out to be particularly difficult for the pilots running on the Misano circuit due to the high temperatures, which put the engines to the test.

Gerd Körber, Team Schwabentruck, was not discouraged by starting last on the grid and succeeded in making an impressive recovery, overtaking five competitors and finishing in seventh position. Jochen Hahn drove a steady race, finishing fifth.

The second race of the day saw the Hahn’s triumph, and confirmed his competitive spirit on the track. Gerd Körber started in first position and took the lead in the second lap, and soon gave way to the faster Hahn, who was close behind him. Körber’s chosen strategy was to control the competitors who posed the biggest threat to Johen’s lead, allowing him to race ahead to victory. Gerd stayed ahead of the strongest pilots in the category for several laps, slowing their pace, and finished in fifth place.

Also Sunday’s first round was very demanding: Gerd Körber started in eighth position on the grid and drove a good race, finishing sixth e demonstrating again his strength in a fierce duel against a competitor. Jochen Hahn ended in eighth position.

The IVECO paddock welcomed the visitors of the Truck Driver’s Week End event during the two days of the Misano Truck Race. They were able to test drive the vehicles, speak with specialized personnel and meet the pilots of the Bullen of IVECO Magirus, who were on the stand to meet their fans. In this round too, IVECO showcased its famous Stralis Emotional Trucks – its special tribute to the world of motor sports: the brand new Hahn Racing Emotional Truck in its blue and white colors and the Team Schwabentruck Emotional Truck were on display with the PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO Emotional Truck that celebrates the successes De Rooy’s team at the Dakar rally raid.

IVECO_Gerd Koerber - Team Schwabentruck
IVECO Gerd Koerber – Team Schwabentruck

For IVECO these two days were also a valuable opportunity to be in direct contact with its customers and with all the Stralis drivers who are every day on the road across Europe – and who share a great passion for Truck Racing. The next Grand Prix of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2017 will take place at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany on July 1st and 2nd.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa