Renault Trucks was part of the fighting spirit that was in the air at Donington last weekend (June 30th / July 1st) where the fifth leg of the FIA European Truck Racing Championships took place.

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Once again, the Renault Trucks MKR-Technology team scored some valuable points by gaining three podium places: a second and two thirds. Renault Trucks UK, the event’s main sponsor, took advantage of the weekend to offer its 4,000 guests a number of convivial and welcoming attractions around its stands.

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The first day of racing at Donington stood out with a 3rd place for Adam Lacko in the first race and a spectacular pileup which forced him to abandon the second.

During this race, Markus Bösiger – who had finished 5th in the first – was also the victim of an aggressive overtake resulting in him having to withdraw as well. Meanwhile, Markus Östreich had his share of bad luck on the Saturday following a mechanical problem, which prevented him from taking part in the second race.

Between the two days, the technical teams therefore had an herculean task on their hands to repair the trucks that were damaged on day one. Thanks to their expertise and rapid working, all of them were ready to return to the track for the Sunday races.

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Markus Östreich took advantage of this opportunity to have his revenge by giving a splendid performance and finishing 2nd in the first race on Sunday.

During the second race of the day, which took place in driving rain, Markus Östreich was back on the podium again on the third step. In the overall team rankings, the Renault Trucks MKR-Technology team is still the front runner with 481 points and Markus Östreich is 3rd in the individual rankings with 163 points, followed by his two teammates.

For this fifth leg of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, Renault Trucks wanted to share its passion for trucks and racing with everyone.

Marc Martinez, managing director of Renault Trucks UK, the event’s main sponsor, said this to Tachoblog, “The Donington event is a unique opportunity to focus our customers, dealers, drivers and their families on our brand and its values.”

As far as attractions were concerned, the spectators were given a real treat: live entertainers, racing simulators, face painters, clowns, jugglers and other acts delighted young and old alike throughout the weekend. A preview of what truck racing enthusiasts can look forward to at the Nürburgring on 14 and 15 July for the unmissable weekend of the season!

The remaining dates in the 2012 season calendar are as follows:
14/15 July     Nürburgring     Germany
28/29juillet     Smolensk     Russia
1/2 September     Most     Czech Republic
22/23 September     Zolder     Belgium
06/07 October     Jarama     Spain
13/14 October     Le Mans     France

The driver and team standings up to and including the Donington event can be found on the Renault Trucks Racing website.