The 1994 season was a turning point for European truck racing. The series run by the European Truck Racing Association is now officially sanctioned by the FIA and renamed the FIA Truck Racing Cup. The technical regulations were significantly changed – 3 classes of trucks depending on the engine size were abolished and two new categories were introduced – Race Trucks and Super Race Trucks. The first was intended for amateur teams and racers, and the second for factory teams. The maximum engine displacement has been reduced to 12 liters and the minimum weight has been set at 5,000 kg. The format of the race weekend has also undergone a big change. In previous years, there were two races for each class in which championship points were awarded, followed by non-point semi-finals and grand final races featuring the best trucks in all classes. There were now two qualifying races and one main race for the two categories for each racing day (usually Saturday and Sunday).
Works ZiL team which formerly competed in the class A (smallest engines) now found itself in Super Race Trucks category with stronger contenders. Alexander Markin drove the yellow truck #19 for the factory team, and Richard Walker was behind the wheel of blue ZiL entered by Chris Hodges team. Markin was rarely able to finish in the top positions, and with his highest placements 4th in qualification race and 6th in the main race (both at Kemora, day two) he finished the championship outside of top-10. As to Walker, he was 6th in the final Super Race Tucks standings, scoring several podiums at his home races at Brands Hatch and Donington.
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In 1994, the European Truck Racing Association’s series was renamed the FIA Truck Racing Cup and officially sanctioned by the FIA. The technical regulations were significantly changed, with three classes of trucks based on engine size abolished and two new categories introduced: Race Trucks for amateur teams and Super Race Trucks for factory teams. The maximum engine displacement was reduced to 12 liters, and the minimum weight was set at 5,000 kg. The race weekend format also underwent a big change, with two races for each class in previous years, followed by non-point semi-finals and grand finals. The new format includes a single qualifying session, followed by four races over two days, with points awarded for each race. The changes were intended to increase competition and make the sport more accessible to amateur teams, while also attracting factory teams. The FIA Truck Racing Cup continues to be a popular motorsport series in Europe.
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