BRC Racing Team aiming for strong performance at 2019 Race of Hungary
BRC Racing Team has high hopes for the Race of Hungary, the second round of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season, taking place near Budapest this weekend.
The team is hungry to add to its collection of points with a consistent performance around the Hungaroring with the Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Last time out at the Race of Morocco, the first round of the season, Gabriele Tarquini was able to power his car to victory in the reverse-grid second race. As his title defence continues, he lies third in the drivers’ standings with team mate Norbert Michelisz in 12th. BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse also third in the teams’ battle.
Both BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team drivers endured a difficult weekend and suffered mechanical misfortunes in Marrakech. The team is currently 10th in the standings with Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg 14th and 18th respectively in the drivers’ classification.
BRC Racing Team now turns its focus to the Hungaroring, which has proved happy hunting ground in the past: in the 2018 edition, Tarquini and home hero Michelisz occupied the top two steps of the Race 3 podium. Michelisz currently holds the WTCR lap record of the 4.381km circuit after an impressive lap in last year’s qualifying.
Action at the 2019 Race of Hungary begins with a free practice session on Friday evening. Saturday features a full schedule with a second practice session, qualifying, and Race 1 (12 laps). Sunday will feature the second qualifying session, the 12-lap Race 2 and the 15-lap Race 3.
Team Principal of BRC Racing Team Gabriele Rizzo said: “Hungary is our first traditional circuit of the year, and will represent a very different challenge to Morocco. We’ve shown good pace at the Hungaroring in the past with the Hyundai i30 N TCR and we want to give Norbi’s home fans something to cheer about. We’re hoping to have a good weekend with what we know is a car capable of challenging for titles.”
BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse driver Gabriele Tarquini said: “The Hungaroring is one of the best tracks in the world. It will be very important to have a good weekend. Last year was a great experience and a fantastic result for me. The target for me is to do the maximum to score important points for the championship.”
Team mate Norbert Michelisz said: “Hungary is the most special time in the year for me. It’s always incredible to race in front of the home fans. I’m hoping for a good result, I think we have the right package and we were strong at this event last year. I hope to see lots of support for us this weekend!”
BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team driver Augusto Farfus said: “Hungary is the first true circuit of the season. It’s a place I love, I have always done well here in the past. I’m still learning parts of the WTCR championship, but I can’t wait to hit the track and do my best.”
Team mate Nicky Catsburg said: “Hungary is a great race: I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a beautiful circuit and Budapest is a beautiful city. There’s a great atmosphere, and a lot of nice Norbi Michelisz fans. I’m keen to pick up where we left off and score some important points.”
Race of Hungary overview
Race 1: Saturday 27 April 15:15 – 15:45 CEST (12 Laps)
Race 2: Sunday 28 April 15:30 – 16:00 CEST (12 Laps)
Race 3: Sunday 28 April 17:00 – 17:35 CEST (15 Laps)