IVECO has been crowned winner of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2018, after its latest victory at the De La Sarthe circuit in Le Mans (France).
With one week until the final race (6-7 October) in Jarama, Spain, IVECO can already lay claim to the championship following a dominant display throughout the whole season with 14 victories.
IVECO has won the European Team Championship with The Bullen of IVECO Magirus, and thanks to the performances of Jochen Hahn, it also won the drivers’ title. Steffi Halm sealed sixth place in her debut season as new team leader of the Schwabentruck team, and the only woman competing in the Championship.
Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President, says: “Our drivers took three race victories out of four, standing on six out of 12 podium places this weekend at Le Mans circuit. IVECO has finally achieved the ultimate goal together with The Bullen of IVECO Magirus Team. On the road and on the track we’re the champions. In these last few months, we have been cheering on the Schwabentruck and Hahn Teams, who have joined forces under the name The Bullen of IVECO Magirus, to compete for the title in the European Truck Race Championship. We know we have a very competitive and reliable truck, which yet again, has shown it is able to compete at the highest level on the track, just like when it is used by our customers. Once again teamwork has been rewarded, with the many technicians, engineers and mechanics who have worked alongside the drivers to achieve this great result.”
IVECO has taken part in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2018 as technical sponsor of The Bullen of IVECO Magirus, the partnership between the Hahn Racing and Schwabentruck Teams. The Schwabentruck Team has represented the brand for the past nine years, while Team Hahn competed on board a Stralis race truck for the second year running.
The brand supported the team with two Stralis 440E56XP-R 5.3-tonne race trucks powered by an IVECO Cursor 13 engine that delivers an impressive 1,180 hp and more than 5,000Nm torque. These vehicles are specifically designed and equipped to reach 160 km/h, the maximum speed allowed by sporting regulations, and are the result of extensive upgrades carried out by the teams.
This year, the team’s sponsors included Italian loader crane manufacturer Fassi Gru, the market leader among Italian producers, which exports, distributes and supports its wide range of cranes across the world.
IVECO took to the track on each of the eight championship circuits, reinforcing the brand’s presence in the paddocks with vehicle displays, fan shops and hospitality facilities. The brand kept its fans up-to-date throughout the championship with news reports and photos from the European circuits.