Truck Racing Season Starts in Turkey on Goodyear Tires. Jochen Hahn absolute winner
Istanbul Park, Turkey - 2011 FIA European Truck Race champion Jochen Hahn driving his MAN truck on Goodyear tires already leads the 2012 Championship after the first round, which took place at Istanbul Park, Turkey on May 12 and 13.
This was the opening round of the 2012 season and the first time that the championship has raced in Turkey. Goodyear is the sole approved tire supplier for series, providing Goodyear Truck Racing tires to all entrants.
Hahn won all races, two on Saturday and two on Sunday and is now leading the championship with 60 points, followed by Antonio Albacete (team “Equipo Cepsa”), driving a MAN truck (47 points) and by Adam Lacko (team MKR Technology) driving a Renault truck (37 points). The next event will take place at Misano in Italy on May 19 and 20.
Goodyear Lastikleri T.A.Ş., which is one of the largest tire manufacturers in Turkey, took an active part in the truck race, with promotions taking place at the circuit, informing drivers and operators about its tires and technologies. The company, which is a subsidiary of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, was founded in 1961 and takes care of production, sales and aftersales in Turkey. It has two tire production plants, one in Izmit and one in Adapazari, which employ more than 1,300 people and export more than 60% of production, mainly to Europe and the Middle East. Goodyear has a strong country-wide distribution network in Turkey, including 143 TruckForce dealers, and has invested more than 190 million USD in the country over the last 15 years.
Istanbul Park is one of two race circuits used for the European Truck Racing Championship that hosted Formula One races in 2011, the other being Nürburgring in Germany. It was opened in 2005 and is unusual in that it is one of very few tracks that are driven anti-clockwise and was once referred to by motorsport supremo Bernie Ecclestone as “the best track in the world”.