The 17th edition of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship will start on May 21-22 at the Italian circuit of Misano, with a season made up of 8 exciting events, following the official tests held in April at the Nürburgring, after the previous ones at Nogaro and Most.

The reigning champion, Norbert Kiss aboard his MAN truck, defends his title against the contender Sascha Lenz, and other drivers such as Adam Lacko and Jochen Hahn, who were already champions in previous seasons. Among them, the triple Spanish champion Antonio Albacete will fight to add new victories to his extensive list of victories aboard his MAN of the T Sport Bernau team, current champion of the world constructor’s championship and a team sponsored once again this year by ZIUR Composites and the MBHA Group.

The team stood out for its 100% technical reliability and the skill of its drivers, crossing the finish line with no DNF in all races of the 6 events contested. The team manager and chief mechanic, Tim Frost, hopes to build on this reliability and momentum achieved in the 2021 european championship to revalidate the title together with Révész Racing, team of the current champion Norbert Kiss. 

In addition, following in the footsteps of some of its suppliers such as ZIUR Composites and the MBHA Group, the team has increased its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. One of the measures carried out has been to renew all their logistics during race weekends, which will allow them to transport all the equipment needed for several events in a single vehicle, in a more efficient and faster way.

This is why the T Sport Bernau team becomes the first team in the championship to receive a star from the FIA’s Environmental Accreditation Program for its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, positioning itself as the most efficient team in the ETRC. The program developed by the FIA aims to encourage major players in motorsport and the automotive sector to measure and improve their environmental performance through an independent certification process. 

With the will to continue to improve, and as set out in the FIA program, the team is committed to: 

  • Reduce the CO₂ footprint of its activities, paying particular attention to the logistics of its operations and running the race truck on 100% renewable biofuel. 
  • Monitor energy use and ensure that its workshop only uses 100% renewable energy. 
  • Educating and motivating employees and team members to perform their duties in an environmentally responsible manner. 
  • Focus on recycling as much waste as possible. 
  • Reduce water usage in the shop by collecting, storing and using rainwater. 

Meanwhile, the FIA and the main sponsor of the championship, as well as tire supplier for the teams, Goodyear, will introduce the FUELMAX ENDURANCE series of road tires, with which they hope to improve fuel efficiency by up to 30%. In addition to the composite leaf springs with which ZIUR supplies T Sport Bernau, this year will undoubtedly be the most important one in terms of environmental protection and energy efficiency, as a clear commitment to sustainability.

Antonio Albacete and his feelings about the 2022 truck.

T Sport Bernau once again chose Nogaro, in the south of France, as the place to carry out its pre-season tests for the 2022 championship, and although the weather conditions were not the desired ones, the results were favorable. 

In a video published by the team on social networks, Antonio makes a positive balance of the tests, assessing that they have found the points to improve the truck, in addition to optimizing the race setup before the start of the season in Misano. During the tests in Nogaro, the team also had the opportunity to test the new improvements that will be introduced during the following months of competition, and that will allow Antonio to fight again to defend victory at the Jarama circuit in the last event of the season, on October 1 and 2.

From ZIUR Composites and the MBHA Group, we wish all the luck to the T Sport Bernau team, and to Antonio Albacete, hoping that he can achieve great victories this season, while continuing his efforts to make motorsport a cleaner and more sustainable place.

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