With one race still to go in the 2018 FIA European Truck Racing Championship, Iveco has walked away with the crown at the De La Sarthe circuit in Le Mans, France. Jochen Hahn, driving his Iveco Stralis, was also crowned FIA European Truck Racing champion for an historic fifth time.
Steffi Halm sealed sixth place in her debut season in the Iveco Truck #44 as new team leader of the Schwabentruck team and the only woman competing in the Championship. Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus Team dominated the season with a total of 14 races won.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president, commented: “Our drivers took three race victories out of four, standing on six out of 12 podium places this weekend at the Le Mans circuit. Iveco has finally achieved the most important goal together with Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus Team. On road and on track, we are the champions!”
Iveco has taken part in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2018 as technical sponsor of Die Bullen von Iveco Magirus, the partnership between the Hahn Racing and Schwabentruck Teams. The Schwabentruck Team has represented the brand for the past nine years, while Hahn Racing competed with a Stralis race truck for the second year running.
The brand supported the team with two Stralis 440 E 56 XP-R 5,3-t race trucks powered by the Iveco Cursor 13 engine that delivers an impressive 880 kW (1 180 hp) and more than 5 000 Nm 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.
“In these last few months, we have been cheering on the Schwabentruck and Hahn teams, who have joined forces under the name Die Bullen von 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 two customers. Once again, teamwork has been rewarded, with the many technicians, engineers and mechanics who have worked alongside the pilots to achieve this great result,” said Lahutte.