Norbert Michelisz


From online to on track: Michelisz’s online racing exploits earned him a test in a Zengő Motorsport Renault Clio at the Hungaroring in 2005. Despite being a total rookie, he ended up 0.2s slower than established racer Gábor Wéber.

One-make maestro: That testing performance earned him a season in the Suzuki Swift Cup in his homeland in 2006. With a career in economics on hold he promptly took the title before adding the Renault Clio equivalent the following season.

New horizons: The SEAT León Eurocup was next and after taking the title in 2009, he stepped up to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with Zengő Motorsport a guiding light.

Factory chance: After winning the WTCC Trophy for independent racers twice, Michelisz landed a factory Honda ride for 2016, which culminated in an outright title challenge one year later. He eventually finished runner-up to Thed Björk with three wins and three fastest laps.

Did you know? Michelisz joined forces with Hungarian engineer Dávid Bári to establish his own team, M1RA, for the 2017 TCR International Series.