Although he is just 19 years old, the name of Téo Calvet is already well known in truck racing circles. Partly, this is because his father, Fabien Calvet, is an established former champion and racing journalist. But mainly it is because great things are expected of him.
Truck racing is not for the faint-hearted, yet Téo has shown that he has the stamina and mental discipline to excel in this sport, competing against drivers with many years more experience. He also understands that winning demands a combination of the skill of the drivers, and the durability, performance and quality of the truck and its tyres: “Goodyear tyres are fitted to all trucks. This means no one has an advantage, but it also means that we have the highest quality tyres we could wish for.” Driving a 5-tonne, 1500-horsepower truck at up to 160km/h - over two races per day – takes its toll, but Téo finds that the performance and traction of the Goodyear tyres is consistent and reliable: “Using Goodyear tyres means we can all race hard without worrying about whether the tyres can take it.”
Having grown up around truck racing teams, Téo has absorbed an impressive understanding of the technical side of racing. “Since I was a kid, I've been going to races with my dad, walking around from one team to another in the paddock. I knew everyone and I loved it." It was clear that he wanted to start driving as soon as possible: “As soon as my feet reached the pedals, I wanted to get involved!”, he recalls. Pascal Calas and Patrick Folleas of the Lion Trucks Racing team drafted a contract to start on his 16th birthday, the minimum legal age to get behind the wheel, and Téo was soon repaying their confidence in him.
In 2019, he became champion of France Espoir (drivers under 30 years) and finished third overall in the French Championship. In 2020, he joined one of the leading European truck racing teams, Buggyra Racing, and continued to fulfil his early promise with a podium finish in a general classification race, and a victory in the Goodyear Cup. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the 2020 schedule, Téo was leading the French Cup classification when the season was prematurely cancelled. This is a driver with a bright future ahead of him – remember the name!