Michelisz not giving up on Hungary WTCR win
Norbert Michelisz won’t give up winning when the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup heads to his native Hungary this weekend, even though he’s “a bit pessimistic” about his chances.
Michelisz struggled for top form at the season-opening WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco earlier this month – the fastest 24 cars were covered by less than one second in Second Qualifying – and fears he might find it tough going to do better on home soil in his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse-entered i30 N TCR.
“You should never give up,” said Michelisz. “But I’m probably in the most difficult position I have been with the target of winning the race. Already you could see in Marrakech we were struggling a lot even getting into the first 10 in qualifying and this was on a track which, on paper, suits us the most. Honestly, I am a bit pessimistic regarding my chances in Hungary.”
Michelisz, who won at WTCC Race of Hungary in 2012 and 2015, continued: “My main target is to give 100 per cent and perform at my peak. I hope in the worst case I can manage to be inside the top 10 in the Second Qualifying. On the reverse grid if you have a good starting position on a circuit like Hungaroring you can defend. I know the tricks and I know the places. I’m thinking that it’s going to be really though but there are still chances to get on the podium or maybe to win the race.”