August 31, 2020
The 2020 season of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) kicked off this weekend in Most, Czech Republic. Lion Truck Racing is finally launching its season on the European stage with three-time French Champion Anthony Janiec.
The weekend starts as usual with two free practice sessions on Friday, which allow Anthony Janiec to get his marks on the Autodrome of Most.
After this positive first day, the French rider started the first qualifying session on the clock. At the wheel of his MAN N. 66, Anthony set the 5th fastest time in 2:02.927 and qualified for the Super Pole. He improved his reference time to 2:02.870 and moved up to 6th position for the first race.
From the third row of the starting grid for race 1, Anthony takes a good start and keeps up with his rival. The two trucks touch each other in the first chicane. The bodies are intact but a mechanical component has broken, forcing Anthony to retire.
Following this misadventure, the mechanics of Lion Truck Racing work hard to repair the damage. Thanks to this magnificent work, Anthony Janiec is well present on the grid for the second race. Starting last, the Albi native driver started his comeback even before the first corner by overtaking one rider, then got rid of two others in the first chicane. He continues on his frantic pace and crosses the finish line in 10th position.
Anthony Janiec took back the wheel of his MAN on Sunday for the second qualifying session at the end of which he finished 5th in 2:03.661, only seven tenths behind the reference! He improved his split times, completed a loop in 2:03.283 and finished 6th in the Super Pole.
The rain is coming down on the Autodrome of Most. The green flag is waved for less than one lap only because of the large amount of water on the track. The race is interrupted by a red flag when he is 5th. The race management decides to postpone the race to 4pm. The intensity of the rain is decreasing, the track remains tricky, but the race has been able to resume. Thanks to a very good pace, Anthony Janiec catches up with the rider in front of him and takes 5th position once again. He also sets the 4th best lap in the race, a few tenths of the times of the leaders! The Czech week-end stops there since race 4 is cancelled.
This first top 5 and these first points of the season have a special flavour for the whole team, whose thoughts go to the family of Patrick Folleas. See you in Nogaro, on September 5th and 6th for the first round of the French Championship.
“I regained a very good feeling with the truck from Friday's free practice which was confirmed by two 6th fastest times in Super pole. We had some regrets on Saturday after we dropped out in race 1 after a slight driving mistake on a weakened part but these were compensated by the performances on Sunday. With all the difficulties encountered since the beginning of the year, I am happy to be back in the races, the circuits and the team. Happy to do what we simply love! ”
Anthony Janiec - driver
“With our nice 6th position in qualifying on Saturday, the retirement in race 1 was a difficult moment. One of Patrick's greatest qualities was his strength to NEVER give up! Before leaving, he passed it on to us and 1 hour later the truck was ready to take the track again! On Sunday, Antho again set the 6th fastest time in practice and then a superb 5th place in a race where he had the rhythm of the leaders. I can only be proud of each member of the team present at Most but also of the members who stayed in France! In spite of all the obstacles encountered since January 15th, the Covid, the cancelled GPs, we are present and very performant ”
Jonathan André - Team manager
“Taking up the challenge of continuity, the Lion Truck team is a successful example of this! Things will be forever different, each of us has it in mind and it is with a certain emotion that the whole Lion Truck Racing Team took up the challenge of the first race of the season in Most: the challenge of unity, cohesion, courage, technique and performance! This fifth position in race 3 in the European championship won by Anthony shows the rage of Lion Truck Racing to keep the adventure going and marks the commitment of the whole team! A huge thank you to Marie France, Pascal, Jonathan, Anthony, Bernard, Nelson, Rémy and Alexandre. Patrick is surely very proud from where he looks at us, a pride I share! Thanks also to our partners who have trusted us and who have never failed. The momentum is set for Nogaro! ”
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