MAN 18.423 truck was a very popular model used in European truck racing by many teams in 1995 – 2000. In the 1998 season of the FIA European Truck Racing Cup three teams used the 18.423 FT – Eqiupo Cespa for Antonio Albacete, TCH Truck Racing Team for Fritz Kreutzpointner, and Swedish Viking Truckracing Team for Boije Ovebrink.
The Spanish team Equipo Cespa, sponsored by Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U., commonly known as Cepsa, a Spanish multinational oil and gas company, was founded in 1991 and directed by Arturo Marcos. Since the beginning, Cepsa team relied on MAN trucks, driven by Spanish Manuel Santos Marcos in 1991 – 1995. In 1997 the team replaced Santos Marcos with Antonio Albacete. Albacete competed in Formula 3000 in 1987 and spent three years in Spanish touring cars, from 1994 until 1996, before moving to truck racing. In his first season he was 7th in the Super Race Trucks class, and moved just one position forward, finishing 6th in 1998. He scored first victories in ETRC next year, in 1999, both for him and for Cepsa team. In 2005, 2006 and 2010 he won the European Truck Championship for Cespa-MAN. His 2005 title was awarded in the Race Trucks Class in the FIA ETR Cup, and the titles in 2006 and 2010 were in the current version of European Truck Racing Championship without class divisions. In addition, Albacete scored nine 2nd and 3rd places in the Championship in 2007 – 2019, and as of 2022, he is still racing in the ETRC at the age of 57.
The 1/50 scale model of MAN Super Race Truck was issued by Conrad in many variants representing 1996 – 2000 seasons.
|1998||FIA ETR Cup|
|Antonio Albacete||5||Equipo Cespa|