2 October 2021

Fighting past a well-defending Steffi Halm, André Kursim has taken his third victory of the 2021 season.

The second race of the Jarama weekend saw Halm on pole position, ahead of René Reinert and Kursim after finishing eighth in race one. Halm is well accustomed to obtaining reverse-grid pole and was determined to make this the one she converted into a win. 

The Team Schwabentruck driver had a great start to the race and looked to be in an extremely competitive position, as she kept the top seven trucks on track behind her for half of the race.

In the end, it was only Kursim who could pass her, and he pulled out a three-second lead by the end of the race. 

Antonio Albacete was the third-place finisher, managing to keep a charging Norbert Kiss behind him. Second to seventh position at one point was covered by four-tenths of a second meaning that anyone of the trucks could take advantage. A brilliant display of defensive driving from Albacete resulted in more good points in the championship and another podium finish. 

Adam Lacko led Sascha Lenz across the line, closing down the battle for second in the championship 

Although the Chrome drivers gave the most intense fight during the 12 green laps of racing, the top two finishers in the Goodyear Cup – José Rodrigues and Téo Calvet – had lonely races to their overall seventh and eighth place finishes respectively. 

With Calvet not finishing the first race in Jarama and Shane Brereton finishing behind him this afternoon, the Frenchman has made some small inroads to his Goodyear Cup rival. 

It was the battle for third on the Goodyear Cup podium that had fans trackside and watching online hooked. Jamie Anderson was on a mission to take the bottom step that, at the time, was in the hands of Brereton. However, Steffen Faas was not going to give up a position or stop fighting for third in class himself, making for a spectacular three-way battle.

The trio traded positions left, right and centre for most of the race until a brave dive up the inside from Faas saw both him and Brereton going wide and opening the door for Anderson. The Brit, who had been late on the brakes throughout the race, didn’t let the opportunity slip by and shot into third in class, ninth overall, disappearing down the road. 

Brereton and Anthony Janiec took advantage of Faas’ mistake, demoting the driver of the #24 machine down to 12th in the final result. They were followed across the line by Luke Garrett, Aliyyah Koloc and Heinrich Hecker. 

Neither Reinert nor Jochen Hahn saw more than four laps of racing after a first lap incident saw the pair come together. Hahn, who retired from a suspect electrical issue, found himself in the side of Reinert’s #77 as the grid came through the first few corners. Reinert was sent off into the tyre barriers and, although OK and able to keep the truck moving, was forced to retire. 

Dropping down the field at an alarming rate, Hahn retired three laps later. The team will be investigating his issue, which saw the truck unable to deliver much power, and hopefully Hahn can get back out on track tomorrow for the second day of racing at Jarama. 

Full results of Race 2 can be found HERE