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The Men in the Race
Fritz Kreutzpointer comes from Bavaria in Germany. He is known to race truck fans as Fritzie K and has been active in motorsport since 1986.
He first raced Formula Ford 1600cc single seaters and later for the famous Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows Sportscar racing team with Michael Schumacher and Karl Wendlinger and in the 2,5 litre German Touring Car championships.
Since 1995 he has competed at the wheel of a MAN 18.414 FT which he drives for the TCH Truck Racing Team run by Truck Centre Hauser. In 1997 he was runner up in the Super Truck racing category to the Flying Finn Harri Luostarinen.
In 1998 his ambition to win the European Super Truck championship was dashed by a series of accidents but he nevertheless achieved fourth position overall just 24 points behind the European champion in 1998, Ludovic Faure.
1999 has been Kreutzpointer’s year. He outstripped the competition to such an extent that with four races to go in the series of 11 rounds - or 44 races - he had already won the title. He scored 558 points compared to the second man, Frenchman Alain Ferte in a DAF who had 372 points.
Fritz is married with three children and loves skiing and golf.
Antonio Albacete Martinez
Antonio Albacete Martinez of Spain joined the Cepsa Racing Team in 1997. He came from the Spanish touring car championships but found his way round the MAN racing truck immediately and improved tremendously as the season went on.
In his second year he started with great expectations and in top form after suitable training. During the course of the season, Albacete had to overcome some setbacks due to defects and being involved in a few accidents. He completed the European championship in 6th place. In this, his third year, he moved up to 5th position finishing the 1999 season with 330 points. His hobby is collecting and building model cars.
New to Super Truck Racing in 1999, Markus Bosiger from Berne in Switzerland finished tenth overall in the European Super Truck championship in 1999 in his MAN with 82 points. Active in motorsport since 1989, he competed most of these years in a sidecar and notched up considerable success with his partner of many years, Jurg Egli. He finished third in the world sidecar championships in 1985 and eighth in 1996.
The many talented Bosiger was looking for a new challenge and in 1999 chose truck racing to fulfil this goal. Markus is the only Swiss to have raced in Super Truck racing which is the Formula One of truck racing. A machine mechanic, his hobbies are mountain biking and motorsport.
Boije Overbrink is a racing pro who started his racing career at the tender age of eight aboard his uncle’s tractor. At 23, he founded a transport company and a few years later got struck by the truck racing virus. Boije turned professional in 1994 to spend all his time racing trucks.
A second place in his first event at the Mantrop Park in Sweden in 1985, a second place in the class B European championship in 1992 and the championship for the Race Truck category in 1994 were all successes he chalked up.
1998 saw Overbrink jump to the Super Race Truck category and he competed in a MAN 18.414 FT but found initially there was a great difference between Race Trucks and Super Race Trucks. This year he finished twelfth in the championship with 35 points. Boije is married with three children.
Racing for Mercedes-Benz
In his first year in the European Super Truck racing Stefano Buttiero, an Italian, finished in eleventh position overall with 65 points.
Now 33-years-old, Buttiero was a successful Touring Car driver in both the German Touring car championships (GTM) and International Touring Car championship (ITC). Easy to spot, he drives the all-black team Warsteiner Mercedes-Benz.
Stefano has been involved in motorsport since 1983. Like many of his colleagues, he worked his way up from kart racing into Formula 3. In the early 90’s he drove touring cars mainly for Alfa Romeo and since 1996, raced in the FIA GT championship and it’s predecessor (BPR series).
Now 36-years-old Markus Oestreich, a former Touring Car racer, has been in Super Truck racing since 1992. His best results are runner-up in 1993, third in 1997 and 1998 and finished this year driving for the DKVM racing team in seventh position on 229 points.
Married with three children, Markus is a five times Karting champion, raced Touring Cars from 1985 and won the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race twice (1986/1990).
The first Mercedes Benz he raced this year was destroyed in Barcelona and he used a brand new truck for the rest of the season. It is this truck we will see in South Africa .
Jordi Gene, brother of Formula One racer Mark Gene, is a Spaniard from Madrid and has been a champion in many Spanish championships. At 29 he has already won the Spanish Kart championship (1986), Formula Fiat (1987), Formula Ford (1988), Formula 3 and Formula 3000. He was the test driver for the Benetton Formula One team in 1993. He won the Spanish Touring Car championship in 1996 and started truck racing in mid 1998. He finished 9th overall this year on 155 points.
Steve Parrish is known to be smooth and fast but can mix it with the others if they give him a hard time.
Now 45-years-old, he is married with two children. He was the British Motorcycle champion in 1978 and the British Truck racing champion in 1978, 1992, and 1993. The Super Truck championship title came his way in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. He was runner-up in 1995.
This year Steve, who is often heard commentating on Eurosport, had a good start to the season and finished in eighth position on 194 points.
From France comes the 1998 European Super Truck champion in his Mercedes-Benz. He won the Le Volant Elf trophy in 1986 and the Formula Renault title in 1988 in good company. He was the runner-up in the French Formula 3 in 1990 and has been involved in truck racing since 1995. He won the Super Truck title in 1998. Faure is 33-years-old and single. Go for him Maartjie!
Racing for Caterpillar
The world of international motorsport is full of Flying Finns who have been successful in Formula 1, rallying and in Super Truck racing. No exception is Harri Luostarinen who races the Caterpillar Truck for Chris Hodge Truck Racing Developments in England. Originally this likeable raced for Sizu the Finnish manufacturer but he swopped to this team in 1997 and promptly won the European Super Truck championship. His first race was in 1980.