Fórmula Truck was a Brazilian Truck racing series.

Fórmula Truck
Formula Truck 2006 Interlagos Ford leads.jpg
CategoryTruck racing
CountryBrazil & South America
Inaugural season1996
Folded2017
ConstructorsFord, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes Benz, Scania, Volvo and Volkswagen
Last Drivers' championSão Paulo (state) Felipe Giaffone (2016)
Last Teams' championRM Competições (2016)
Last Makes' championMercedes-Benz (2016)
Official websiteformulatruck.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

HistoryEdit

The concept originated from discussions between Aurélio Batista Félix, a truck driver from Santos, and Portuguese journalist Francisco Santos.

The first race took place on September 6th 1987, at the Autodromo Internacional de Cascavel circuit in Paraná. The trial involved 35 competitors and was named, I Copa Brasil de Caminhões (First Brazilian Trucks' Cup), and served as a test to ascertain the safety of this new type of racing. There was however, a fatal accident involving one of the participants: Jeferson Ribeiro da Fonseca, a driver who was also the president of Autodromo Internacional de Cascavel. This disturbed the project, resulting in Francisco Santos leaving Fórmula Truck three years later.

In 1994 safety was made a priority for the creation of a new event for truck drivers and businessmen in the sector at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo. The consolidation begun in 1995, with the four trials, held in the cities of Cascavel and Londrina (PR), Tarumã (RS) and Goiânia (GO). In the latter city, over 120,000 people attended the event.

The first championship with defined rules took place in 1996, and was approved by the Confederação Brasileira de Automobilismo (Brazilian Automobile Confederation). The first official competition took place in Guaporé (RS), and had 13 trucks on the grid.

 
Renato Martins (#9), first champion of the category in 1996.
2006 in Curitiba.

On March 5, 2008, the creator of Formula Truck, Aurélio Batista Félix, died of a stomach hemorrhage. He had heart problems and suffered a heart attack in the first stage of the 2008 season, which was being held in Guaporé.

In 2010, the organisation announced a South American championship and Roberval Andrade was crowned champion. In 2011, three races were announced for the South American Championship.

OrganizationEdit

The qualifying session that decides the starting grid is held the Saturday before the race. Each pilot can have a warm-up lap, three timed laps and a slowdown lap. If he gives up his back, he is entitled to a single attempt at the end of training.

In Formula Truck the number of laps varies between 30 and 35, depending on the length of the track and the conditions of the racetrack. During the race of Ceará, which was included in 2006, the number of laps is 60, due to the length of the track. The laps completed with Pace Truck are not counted as valid. In restarts, there is the pairing of the trucks stopped and overtaking is allowed only after the checkered flag, or when the green light is lit.

 
Pace Truck of 2006 championship.

In 2006, when the 12th lap is valid, the pilots will receive a checkered flag in green and yellow, which scores the first five places. At this point, the trail enters the Pace Truck, which neutralises the race for cleaning and removal of vehicles on the track, staying three to five laps. After restart, trucks complete the preset number and make the podium in accordance with the classification in the race, plus the times of the penalties, if applicable.

The trucks have enough power to exceed 200 km/h, but, in one point of the circuit, there is a speed limit of 160 km/h, to ensure sufficient safety. The inspection takes place with the help of radars installed at varied points around the track.

Scoring SystemEdit

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th PP FL Lap 12 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Points 25 20 17 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 Points 5 4 3 2 1

ChampionsEdit

BrazilianEdit

Year Driver Truck Team Manufacturer
1996   Renato Martins Scania Marfran Not held
1997   Oswaldo Drugovich, Jr. Scania Drugovich Auto Peças
1998   Oswaldo Drugovich, Jr. Scania Drugovich Auto Peças
1999   Jorge Fleck Volvo ABF Volvo
2000   Jorge Fleck Volvo Thermoid-Melitta-Volvo
2001   Wellington Cirino Mercedes-Benz ABF Mercedez-Benz
2002   Roberval Andrade Scania Muffatão
2003   Wellington Cirino Mercedes-Benz ABF Mercedez-Benz
2004   Beto Monteiro Ford DF Motorsport Ford
2005   Wellington Cirino Mercedes-Benz ABF Mercedez-Benz Scania
2006   Renato Martins Volkswagen RM Competições Mercedes-Benz
2007   Felipe Giaffone Volkswagen RM Competições Volkswagen
2008   Wellington Cirino Mercedes-Benz ABF Mercedez-Benz Mercedes-Benz
2009   Felipe Giaffone Volkswagen RM Competições Volkswagen
2010   Roberval Andrade Scania RVR Corinthians Motorsport Volkswagen
2011   Felipe Giaffone Volkswagen RM Competições Volkswagen
2012   Leandro Totti Mercedes-Benz ABF Racing Team Mercedes-Benz
2013   Beto Monteiro Iveco Scuderia Iveco Mercedes-Benz
2014   Leandro Totti Volkswagen RM Competições MAN
2015   Leandro Totti Volkswagen RM Competições MAN
2016   Felipe Giaffone Volkswagen RM Competições Mercedes-Benz
2017 Series cancelled

South AmericanEdit

Year Driver Truck Team Manufacturer
2011   Felipe Giaffone Volkswagen RM Competições Volkswagen
2012   Leandro Totti Mercedes-Benz ABF Racing Team Volkswagen
2013   Beto Monteiro Iveco Scuderia Iveco Iveco
2014   Leandro Totti Volkswagen MAN RM Competições MAN

EndEdit

In 2017, several teams left the organisation to create a new championship called Copa Truck. After two rounds of the 2017 season, the lack of audience, partners and drives forced the postponement of the third race twice. After that, it was announced via the organisation's website that the 2017 season was cancelled and that they would try to return in 2018.[needs update]

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