History of Regulations

Written by Mr. Jonathan ReevesiGBj& Masakazu Ishikawa (Japan)

(Sporting, Technical & Commercial Regulations)

Part 1
Truck racing has been an established activity in Europe. Referring to magazine of Truck ; August, 1985, last year`s event (1994) at donington, the recent Truck Super prix at Brands Hatch and the event in many European countries had shown that truck racing to be exciting spectacular and above all, a real crowd-puller for organizers.
In 1984, The earliest European Truck Racing events were held in Holland and there was Dutch Truck Racing at Zandvoort ; Gerritt van Hultink ( Scania 1110 ) typical of the machines that usually raced around short oval circuits.
First French Truck Grand Prix was held at full grid circuit of Paul Ricard for "Grand Prix Camion".
The first British event for The Multipart Truck Grand Prix was held Donington Park and winner was Duilio Ghislotti (Volvo F12).
To the uninitiated, truck racing may appear to be a free for all, but in the United Kingdom, it is controlled by the British Truck Racing Association, closely affiliated to the RAC Motor Sports Association.
Very tight rules and regulations have been laid down by two bodies and have recently been adopted by FISA, the International controlling body of motor sport.
In 1985, Class "A" European Champion was Rod Chapman (GB)-Ford CargoC
Class "B" was Richard Walker (GB)-Layland Roadtrain
Class "C" was Yves Barrat (F)-Renault R390.
These days were observed following:
Tyres: The 30 lap final gave front tyres a really severe test in terms of their ability to absorb high cornering torque/slip and dispersion of heat. 295/80s fitted to 24in rims and running 130 psi, had significant advantage over normal 11R22.5 tyres.
Brakes: Vehicles on 24in rims had the advantage of better drum cooling and direct air lifted ducting was permissible in the regulations
Weight Distribution and Engine.
 The objectives are to ensure that vehicles comply with stringent safety requirements and technical eligibility so that the eventual Performance is reflected in the reliability and durability of the vehicle and the skills of the racing driver.
During the last races (1991), there were a lot of rumors in the pits about new comers for next season (1992) ;
Pegaso would appear not with two but with three trucks; MAN wants to introduce its truck with under-floor engine(UXT) ; the Englishman Andy Dawson will start the season with a Japanese Nissan Diesel race truck and so.

1992 FIA European Truck Racing Cup Regulations.
Sporting Regulations: there would be an FIA European Truck Racing Cup for Drivers and Manufacturers.Article (7) Admitted vehicles
Series production two-axle or three-axle tractor units of which at least 15 examples of the same model have been produced by recognized manufacturer within one year, with Permissible Total Gross Weight (laden weight of tractor with semi-trailer) of at least 14,000 kg and a Permissible Total Train Weight of at least 28,000 kg.Truck must comply with the current FISA Technical Regulations for Circuit Racing Trucks (1992 Appendix J, Group F) and the Regulations for this Cup. A FISA technical passport valid for 1992 is compulsory. Trucks are divided into three classes as follows :
   up to 11,950 cc ;   11,951 to 14,100 cc ;    14,101 to 18,500 cc ;
Classes may be merged if not enough trucks are entered.
Article (12) Sporting Regulations/Penalties
12.1- Speed Limit
For all races and practice sessions, the speed of the vehicles is limited to a maximum of 160 kmph. Any driver whose vehicle 160 Kmph will be penalized as follows:
(To be continued)