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No stopping Taylors Trucksport at Zolder

Posted onPosted on 29th Jun

There was no stopping Huthwaite’s Taylors Trucksport Racing in Belgium over the weekend 22nd and 23rd June, where they collected more silverware with two further podium finishes, reports Paul Horton.

Driver Mark Taylor and the team were at Zolder Circuit for Round Three of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship that saw them take two third places and a Team Championship award.

Race one saw Taylor on the fifth row and a damp track awaited the 14 trucks. As the lights went out he remained in P9 and driving to his limits remaining in same position trying his upmost to get in front of Lukas Hahn. By lap 9 Hahn was pulling away. Taylor crossing the line in P9 and just missing a Chrome podium in fourth. There was still a reward though with  a third in the Team Championship with a Taylor and Rodrigues collaboration.

Race Two again was a fifth row start, an all-Brit row with Newell alongside. By lap 4 Taylor had dropped to 10th and a three-way battle commenced. Taylor was pushing Faas for P9 whilst the same behind was happening with Newell pushing Taylor. On lap 10 Faas pulled over on circuit to Taylor’s advantage, putting him into P3 in Chrome Class and ninth overall, to take the flag and a podium spot.

Race Three was a fourth row start for Taylor, by end of lap one he was into P7 and leading Chrome Class. Hahn and Faas were eager for points and were putting pressure on. A win was on the cards for Taylor but on lap 11 he was issued a drive-through penalty for over speeding. On the last lap Taylor served the drive-through, putting him 17 seconds shy of the podium, the issue caused by overheating brakes running at 800 degrees making slowing down difficult. It was a devastating blow for the team, but he still finished P4 in Chrome Class and 10th overall.

Race Four and the final race of the weekend saw Taylor lined up on the 5th row. At the first corner it was mayhem, Taylor avoiding any contact but getting pushed back into P13. On lap 2 a great move on Brit Luke Garrett saw Taylor into P12. Then he was given a penalty warning for hitting corner markers on lap 3. A lap later he was into P11 leaving Faas in his rear mirrors, there was no stopping him.

There was further contact in front but well out of Taylor’s way. Six laps in at halfway stage he remained in P11 overall. A lap later a coming together between Newell and Helm saw waved yellow flags and no overtaking. Taylor was into P8 with a podium on the cards, but this would slow proceedings up. He did not give up, however, and went straight into P7 and third in Chrome Class. Cool, calm and collected Taylor remained until the flag appeared. It was a difficult race but reaped reward with another podium.

Afterwards Taylor said: “We came away from Zolder with two more podiums and more points. We still are holding onto third place in the chrome championship too. It was so disappointing to get the drive through in race three, overheating brakes causing the issue but that’s racing for you. All the team did an excellent job as usual and thank you. We are now focused on getting more points at Nürburgring.”

Taylors Trucksport Racing are currently third in the Chrome Championship.

The team now travel to Nürburgring in Germany for round four in the championship on 13th and 14 July.

Image Credits: Richard Kienberger Photography