The FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) starts 12-13 June at the Hungaroring in Hungary. Fifteen championship hopefuls will line up on the grid for a seven-event, 30-race season, all on specially developed Goodyear truck racing tyres. Leading the Iveco squad is six-time champion Jochen Hahn and local favourite, two-time champion Norbert Kiss, piloting his MAN truck.
Supporting New Talent at the Goodyear Cup
Goodyear has been a part of the ETRC world for almost two decades. The tyres supplied to all the competing teams will enjoy the enormous maximum torque figure of 5,500 Nm, which can propel trucks from 0 to 100 km/h in five seconds.
Goodyear continues to extend its commitment to the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, and is proud to continue supporting new talents at ETRC with the continuation of the Goodyear Cup, promoting the star drivers of tomorrow.
The Goodyear Cup is only open to the least experienced ETRC drivers, excluding drivers such as former champions and the top eight from the previous season. This gives emerging drivers the opportunity to gain more media attention and compete for their own prizes and points.
Maciej Szymanski, Marketing Director, Goodyear Commercial Vehicles Europe: “Goodyear is at the forefront of global motorsports, we have a long-term commitment to the ETRC and we are proud to be involved in promoting and celebrating emerging talent. The Goodyear Cup will attract more attention to these future stars, their sponsors and partners."
Rolf Werner, Managing Director of ETRA, the "European Truck Racing Association": "We are very happy to welcome Goodyear back as the title sponsor of the Promoters Cup. Goodyear has always been a valued long-term partner and the extension of their commitment to the Chrome drivers category is a sign of their support for the sport in these tough times."
Goodyear truck racing tyres have the same measurements (315/70 R22.5) and carcass technology as many Goodyear road products, but have a unique asymmetric design. The design has been optimised to obtain the best pressure distribution in contact with the road, the best resistance and best performance. The 5.1mm grooves allow for efficient water evacuation, but are combined with a rigid construction and 89% tread-to-asphalt contact area for optimal grip, braking and traction in dry conditions.
These racing tyres are developed by the same team that works with Goodyear's high-tech truck tyres, including the acclaimed KMAX-GEN 2 and FUELMAX-GEN 2 ranges. road can be easily and quickly transferred between respective experts to help maintain Goodyear's leadership position in truck tyre development. On the road, Goodyear truck tyres must stand up to high-mileage fleets, have the strength and durability to reduce downtime, as well as heavy urban stop-and-go use. These tyres use technology derived from Goodyear's ETRC experience. The competition gives our engineers insight into how advanced materials respond to curb impacts at high speed, high temperatures, hard braking and huge torque figures,” added Szymanski.
The Hungaroring weekend features the attractive format for ETRC fans, with four action-packed races. The championship will then visit the Nürburgring in Germany for two rounds of four races, before competing in Most (Czech Republic), Zolder (Belgium), Le Mans (France), Jarama (Spain) and Misano (Italy).
Hungaroring is one of the most popular events for fans on the ETRC calendar thanks to its proximity to major cities, neighboring countries and only 20 km from Budapest. Fans are at the core of the ETRC, drawn in by the noise and drama of a grid full of race-ready 1,500 hp trucks, all based on on-road 4x2 tractor units. Thanks to strict COVID-19 testing and precautions, the ETRC weekend will be one of the first international motorsports events to welcome fans in 2021. The Hungaroring celebrates 35 years since its first Formula 1 Grand Prix this month, a race that Nelson Piquet won in his Williams shoes with Goodyear.