Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon celebrates his debut in truck racing! Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, for the first time participating in the FIA European Truck Racing Cup, surprised with his good performance at the Jarama circuit. Racing Engineering's...
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon celebrates his debut in truck racing!
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, for the first time participating in the FIA European Truck Racing Cup, surprised with his good performance at the Jarama circuit. Racing Engineering's boss finished Saturday's first qualifying in 12th position and also being the best Spaniard. The qualifying-race saw Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon finish in 15th position, which was his starting position on the grid for the first cup-race of the weekend. In this all exciting race Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon crossed the finish line in 18th position.
Being invited to participate in the Spanish round of the FIA European Truck Racing Cup 2004 by "Truck Race Team Allgauer" and "MAN España", Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon didn't hesitate for a second with his decision. The Spaniard, who has never before driven a race truck, was behind the steering wheel of Egon Allgauer's MAN carrying the number three.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon took advantage of Saturday's practice sessions to get used to the race truck. Being impressed by the inertia of Allgauer's MAN, Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon stated, "I really used the free practice to learn how to handle this truck. Braking, accelerating and gear box are completely different and it is an incredible feeling to drive such a powerful race truck. I finished 23rd in the first session and already 16th in the second."
After having two test session, Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon had to prove himself in the qualifying session and impressed when finishing as the best Spanish driver of the field in 12th position. "I am happy with the qualifying results as there were thirty six drivers! The truck felt really good. It took me some time and laps until I got used to it, but I have to admit it helped that I know the Jarama circuit so well. If I also had to learn the track, it would have been crazy. These trucks are really not as easy to drive as they seem," Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon said.
The next point on Saturday's schedule was the qualifying-race, which determined the starting grid positions for the cup-race. Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, who is one of the four drivers in Egon Allgauer's truck race team, is obviously not fighting for the championship like his three team mates and therefore explained, "I have never been in a truck race before and I was following the team order to let Daniel Seiler, my team mate, by at the start. Since he didn't start too good and I stayed behind him, quite some trucks passed us. Generally it was a crazy race, but great fun. I finished in 15th position."
Saturday's cup-race saw Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon starting from 15th position and in the beginning everything went well for the truck rookie. He passed other drivers and pushed for positions. "It was great until at one point there was oil on the track. I think by then I was already in 10th place, but the driver behind me didn't pay too much attention and slammed into the back of my truck. He hit me quite hard and we both spun. Our trucks were stuck to each other and until we could join the race again, a lot of other trucks were able to pass us. I finished 18th with a lot of problems on the truck and difficult handling due to the accident. I am really looking forward to tomorrow as there will be another qualifying, qualifying-race and cup-race," Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon concluded the day.