Truck Grand Prix Powerful Trucks at the Nürburgring
Unique mixture at the Truck Grand Prix: roaring motorsports combined with festival vibes and working atmosphere.
It's hell for the brakes, but great fun for all the others. At last weekend's Truck Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, the braking systems were once again at the mercy of the racing trucks' engines with 1,150 hp. When the white vapor of the brake cooling rises in the corners and the heavy trucks, which weigh up to 5.3 tons, race into the corners, the fans alongside the racing track are cheering. However, the races of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship and the ADAC Mittelrhein Cup are secondary here. The weekend is a mixture of powerful motorsports, experts’ meeting from the commercial vehicle industry and trucker party.
Close-fought battle on the first bend. In the first FIA race at the Truck Grand Prix on the Nürburgring circuit, Jochen Hahn (number 3) smoothly secured the first rank in his 1,150 hp MAN.
Drivers place maximum demands on their 5.3 ton high-power vehicles. For instance to get quickly back on track after swerving.
The team of the RTS forwarding company from the Münsterland region obviously enjoyed the Trucker Camp.
Beautiful promotion for the club and the event: The organizer, ADAC Mittelrhein, sends out its promoter girls.
Autograph session in the Fan Village. Racing fans can meet all the drivers here, including the two female drivers, Stephanie Halm (center) and Ellen Lohr, who is also ZF brand ambassador (third from right).
Interview for ZF Fan TV: Winfried Gründler, Head of ZF's Truck and Van Driveline Technology Business Unit, talks to Joachim Ebertz (right).
Rubbing shoulders with the truck racing drivers: Spectators enjoy the open paddock concept. Three-time European champion Jochen Hahn is talking to a group of fans.
The racing drivers can go slowly too. During the Go & Stop braking competition, the drivers demonstrate their precise braking skills. Professional drivers compete in their own category here.
Worn material: This is what a brake may look like after several laps on the Nürburgring circuit. Only volume production brakes are allowed in the races.
Flounders in the paddock. The GT3 cars competing in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup were also at the Nürburgring.
Public screening on Euro pallets: Spectators gathered in front of and behind the trucks to watch the EURO quarter-final between Germany and Italy.
Large frying pan for a hungry team. Thomas and Jan from the RTS forwarding company standing in their makeshift kitchen in the semitrailer.
Unique pieces in the historic trucks paddock. Kerstin Linnemann in front of an Opel delivery truck, holding a candlestick made of engine components.
Part of the event from the very beginning: Country singer Tom Astor was on the Truck Grand Prix stage for the 31st time this year.
The truck driver scene meets at the Truck Grand Prix to celebrate for three days itself and its beloved trucks with which the drivers are on the road for the rest of the year. Once a year, the truckers allow themselves a timeout to be able to join the big family meeting. And ZF is also part of it. The technology company delivers transmissions to the racing teams and supports the Truck Grand Prix as a sponsor. "These are the drivers and forwarders who are on the road with ZF products in their trucks every single day. This is why we show our colors," says Winfried Gründler, head of ZF's Truck and Van Driveline Technology Business Unit. Many forwarding companies come every year with their complete team – with semitrailers converted into ad-lib kitchens and living rooms. This year, 1,150 trucks stood closely packed in the trucker camps. A total of 450 were located at the legendary Müllenbachschleife where the barbecues were heated up and screens were installed for the quarterfinal of the European Football Championship Germany vs. Italy with its nerve-racking penalty shoot-out. A difficult adversary for country singer Tom Astor who nevertheless gathered his faithful fans on the festival stage as annual top act before the big fireworks illuminated the sky.
Apart from the festival, the Truck Grand Prix is also an important experts' meeting and industry exhibition. A total of 70 exhibitors presented their innovations in the industry park, and the Truck Symposium focused on the digitalization in the transport industry.
By the way, Adam Lacko crossed the finishing line twice as winner at the FIA races. In addition, one race each was won by Jochen Hahn, who was also supported by ZF, and Stephanie Halm.
Learn more about the event at www.truck-grand-prix.de