Double win: Iveco and Hahn ruling the roost in truck racing

European champion Jochen Hahn is still driving on BILSTEIN despite switching trucks

 

Never change a winning team? In the case of reigning European truck-racing champion Jochen Hahn, who hails from Altensteig in the Black Forest, this is not entirely true. After his last title win with MAN, he went to race for a different truck brand. In 2017, Hahn is lining up for Iveco in the FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) for the first time – but he remains loyal to the BILSTEIN suspension brand. Over the first race weekend in Spielberg, Austria, Hahn showed that this old yet new pairing is a winning combination: on 13 and 14 May, the four-time champion proudly topped the podium twice, as well as claiming second place in another race. These were Iveco’s first wins in the ETRC. That is a fine return from four races, which garnered 51 points and took Jochen Hahn to the top of the overall standings, comfortably ahead of Stephanie Halm, who lies second on 40 points.

Compared with a typical haulage truck, the new ride of the Hahn Racing team is a real lightweight: the Iveco Stralis 440 E 56 XP has been converted into the ultimate sports machine, weighing “just” 5,300 kilogrammes. 1,150 horsepower, generated by a mighty 13-litre turbocharged engine, has an easy job of it here. As a result, this truck simply leaves many well-powered cars standing. Sheer brutal force alone may be enough for a dragster, but not for a racing truck. Therefore, BILSTEIN’s Motorsport department has used the full potential of its Modular Damper System kit and designed bespoke aluminium shock absorbers from its components. The key features are the specially produced piston rods with a diameter of 14 millimetres.

Jochen Hahn, Iveco Stralis and BILSTEIN shock absorbers have therefore proved to be an outstanding triumvirate. Buoyed by healthy optimism, the team is now set for Misano, Italy, where the next races will be held on 27 and 28 May. Maybe it’s significant that in the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year of the rooster – Hahn’s surname in German!