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WTCR 2020: Race of Hungary refresher

2020-02-07T17:13:09+01:00January 25th, 2020|2020|

The Hungaroring continues to host the first event of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup’s European season in late April. With excitement in the event building, here’s a short summary of what you need to know.

When: 24-26 April 2020
Where: Hungaroring, near Budapest
Track length: 4.381 kilometres

Race 1 distance: 12 laps (52.532 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 12 laps (52.532 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 15 laps (65.675 kilometres)

WTCR qualifying lap record: Norbert Michelisz (Hyundai i30 N TCR)
1m52.176s (140.50kph), 28/04/18
WTCR race lap record: Yann Ehrlacher (Honda Civic Type R TCR)
1m54.129s (138.10kph), 29/04/18

In 100 words… Located less than 20 kilometres northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the old Iron Curtain in 1986. Ever-present on the F1 calendar since, the Hungaroring has also become a popular venue for World Touring Car racing, particularly since the emergence of Norbert Michelisz as a local hero and especially following his pole-to-flag victory in 2015. Resurfaced for 2016 with re-profiled kerbing to boot, the track blends tight turns and fast sweeps while its valley location makes for an initial descent before a climb back up to the high-speed Turn 4.

Recent winners:
2019:
Race 1: Néstor Girolami (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2: Néstor Girolami (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 3: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
2018:
Race 1: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Polo GTI TCR
Race 3: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR

Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Fly to: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (42 kilometres)
Stay: Budapest