Fifth Truckerfestival at the Spielberg has started!

The drivers of the FIA ​​Truck Racing European Championship returned to the Red Bull Ring on Friday with triple champion Antonio Albacete back at the wheel ready to get the 2017 season in gear. The 5-tonne vehicles had their first practice laps at the Red Bull Ring today and the show is set to go on until this Sunday, May 14. There’s a truck-load of attractions to support the main event including truckers camp, historic trucks, vintage American cars, korsos, high-speed trucks, live music, the strong men from the European Giants, tattoo artist Mario Barth as well as the Trucker Festival in Spielberg, Austria. It’s a giant weekend. Tickets for the Truck Race Trophy are still available on site.

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The Return of the King

The three-time European champion Antonio Albacete returns to competition at the opening round of the 2017 FIA ​​Truck Racing European Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Having taken a year out of competition, the Spaniard is eager to get back into action. "I want to take on the top drivers like Jochen Hahn, Adam Lacko and Norbert Kiss. My truck is more than well prepared and I think we will be competitive and quick!” He’ll face stiff competition in Spielberg against a field of first-rate drivers, lead by the defending champion Jochen Hahn (GER) and Norbert Kiss (HUN), who has two winner’s trophies in the cabinet, and who won all four Truck races at the Red Bull Ring in the 2015 round in a dominant way. “We will do everything to put on a huge show for the fans,” said Hahn, who is gunning for his fifth European title.

The crowd will also be cheering on local favourite Markus Altenstrasser (AUT) who scored two podium finishes at his home race in 2016. And he’d like nothing more than to be back on the top step this weekend: “The first two races at the Red Bull Ring last year were a big hit! With so many incredible fans behind me to cheer me on, the home races are always special.”

Tons of racing action this weekend

In Friday’s practice sessions on the south course of the Red Bull Ring, the truckers turned up the heat ahead of this weekend’s four races, giving the crowd a taste of the shear power of a race truck. Truck racers have a truly awesome machine at their control with 1,200bhp of engine power and 5,000 NM of torque can accelerate these five-tonne tractor units from 60 to 160 km/h in less than six seconds. The races start at 1:20pm and 4:10pm on Saturday and 1:20pm and 3:20pm on Sunday. The drivers of three partnerships are fuelling the support Truck Race Trophy 2017 at the Red Bull Ring: Suzuki Cup Europe/Austria, Sports Car Challenge and Supercar Challenge.

A giant haul of fun around the Red Bull Ring

Fans will have a chance to meet the cream of truck-racing at midday on Saturday and Sunday in the Fan Village in the paddock. They can also get up close to the world’s fastest big rig, the Volvo “Iron Knight” show truck, which will be parked nearby. This 2,400-horsepower beast has 6,000 NM of torque can hold the big rig speed record of 276km/h. World record holder and truck racing European champion, Boije Ovebrink (SWE) will close the race weekend with a spectacular show on Sunday.

All around the Trucker's Camp, there will be korso trucks, historic trucks and the industry fair to make this a festival of trucking fun. Away from the racetrack, there’ll be a collection of US cars and there’ll be displays of unstoppable human power with the European Giants, who are some of the strongest men in the world, and the Spielberg Graz Giants American football team. One of the world’s greatest tattoo artists Mario Barth, who comes from nearby Graz in Austria, will be demonstrating his art live at the Red Bull Ring and will be present at the Truck Race Trophy 2017. Street artists Thomas Zimmermann and Georg Dermouz will be demonstrating their skills at graffiti and airbrushing.

And the Red Bull Ring will resound with live music with performances from the star of the German country scene Tom Astor, Laura van den Elzen, Mark Hoffmann, the harmonica virtuoso Michael Hirte as well as the Styrian country music troupe Raccoon.

Driving experiences for the fans

During the Truck Race Trophy 2017, visitors can also test their skills with Projekt Spielberg’s driving experience, including Go Karts in the driving center, buggies and 4WD vehicles.

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