Michelisz recalls emotional Macau moment ahead of WTCR season showdown
Norbert Michelisz remains in the hunt for the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO title at a venue where he claimed one of the most significant results of his career.
Michelisz landed Macau Guia Race glory in 2010 at the end of his first full season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
And he’ll recall that high when he battles six rivals for WTCR OSCARO title gold in his BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR at WTCR Race of Macau from 15-18 November.
“This race win was one of the most emotional moments of my career because 2010 was quite a difficult year,” said the Hungarian. “I came to WTCC [after] almost winning every category, so I had really high expectations. But I realised quite early that the level was incredibly high. It was quite a big learning process for me, and I needed to understand there were a lot of strengths I needed to improve myself.
“But I won in Macau, a place where everyone told me you need to be there at least two, three, four times before you can have the confidence to get on the podium or even to win a race.”
Michelisz was driving a SEAT León TDI for the Zengő-Dension Team back then and has fond memories of his first Macau experience.
“I remember really well the first free practice session. I jumped out of the car and I just said to everyone ‘this is the most amazing place I have ever been at’. Somehow I was able to transform [my] confidence into my driving. So I finished second in qualifying, but I received a five-place grid penalty, so I had to start race one from P7. Then I finished P5. And because then we had the eight places reversed so I started P4 – I just said to myself this is the moment where I’ll be on the podium, I just felt it.
“I didn’t feel it would be a race win, but the start was really good and I just really remember the last lap and the intense pressure and the difficulty of the moment of just having a race win at the most amazing track in the world in front of me. It was really intense, but nevertheless it was one of the most emotional moments and places for me in my career.”