Szabó looks to Slovakia after tough WTCR Race of Portugal

2018-06-30T09:09:56+02:00June 29th, 2018|2018, WTCR Race of Portugal 2018|

Zsolt Szabó plans to put his “bad” WTCR Race of Portugal weekend behind him by looking ahead to Slovakia’s rounds of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO next month.

Hungarian Szabó was on a high after qualifying a season best-equalling P12 in First Qualifying but his Vila Real visit soon unravelled. He was caught up in the multi-car accident in Race 1 and was never able to rediscover his true form due to damage sustained to his Zengő Motorsport Cupra TCR.

“As a consequence of the accident we had some problems with the car during [Second Qualifying] and had some issues during Race 2,” Szabó explained. “I tried to manage this problem and solve it during the race and slowed down a little but the car didn’t react in a good way so I had to give up [and did not start Race 3].

“This [was a] really bad weekend for me but I’m really glad [with my pace] because I could fight for the points and hopefully I can do it in Slovakia also. The team did an amazing job to repair the car, which is why I could join the field [on Sunday].”

Szabó’s team-mate Norbert Nagy finished P14 in Race 1, P13 in Race 2 but retired in Race 3.

WTCR Race of Slovakia takes place at the Slovakia Ring from 13-15 July.