The truck experience continues for Alfonso de Orle Ã¡ns-BorbÃ³n! After a satisfying Saturday in the FIA European Truck Racing Cup 2004 Alfonso de OrleÃ¡ns-BorbÃ³n was eager to race again on Sunday. The racing was as rough and tough as on...
The truck experience continues for Alfonso de Orle áns-Borbón!
After a satisfying Saturday in the FIA European Truck Racing Cup 2004 Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón was eager to race again on Sunday. The racing was as rough and tough as on Saturday and Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón finished the qualifying-race in only twenty-fourth position after being pushed off the track. Starting in this difficult twenty-fourth position, Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón had no choice but to battle back hard to regain as many positions as possible. This he did accomplish by finishing in sixteenth position.
After passing an exciting Saturday at the Spanish circuit of Jarama, where Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón qualified in an excellent twelfth position and finished the two races in fifteenth and eighteenth position, the challenge started again Sunday morning.
Warm up saw Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón up in eleventh place, but braking problems on the race truck three of the "Truck Race Team Allgäuer" made it impossible for Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón to qualify any better than seventeenth, a difficult position for the first race of the day, the qualifying-race. The tough races, where everyone fights for positions and permanently pushes to improve, resulted in Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón being pushed off the track during the qualifying race. He had to finish the race in a disappointing twenty-fourth place.
Not only could Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón not show his capabilities in the 1000hp MAN race truck, but also had to start the cup-race from this all but promising position. Nevertheless Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón wanted to prove himself in his first participation in a European truck race event and made up a lot of positions finishing in a convincing sixteenth place.
After this race weekend Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón stated, "It was very difficult to drive something so different to the previous race cars I have raced with. Even though the acceleration is very impressive, due to the weight the braking is not so impressive and can actually lead to some frightening moments. Nevertheless I enjoyed it quite a bit because it is a completely different way to go racing. The ambience in the paddock is much more relaxed and fun, but on the track the other drivers do push a little bit more and are more aggressive than in other racing. I would really like to thank Egon Allgäuer, his "Truck Race Team Allgäuer" and "MAN España" for giving me this opportunity to race with them this weekend. The set up of the truck and the mechanics' work was very impressive and I really enjoyed working with such a professional team."