WTCC season build-up: #3 Hungary
Ever-present on the FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar since 2011, the Hungaroring near Budapest hosts WTCC Race of Hungary from 12-14 May. And that will mean Norbert Michelisz fans in their thousands.
Location:2146 Mogyoród, Versenypálya 0222/2/3/6, Hungary
Opening Race distance:12 laps (52.572km)
Main Race distance:15 laps (65.715km)
Lap record (qualifying):José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m46.109 (148.6kph), 23/04/16
Lap record (race):Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m50.119s (143.223kph), 04/05/14
Time zone:GMT +2 hours
Average temperature:To follow
Nearest airport:Budapest Airport (42 kilometres)
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Located less than 20 kilometres northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986. Although it has been ever-present on the F1 calendar since, the Hungaroring is established as a regular on the WTCC schedule. And the event’s popularity among home fans has rocketed thanks to the emergence of Honda’s Norbert Michelisz as a local hero, particularly following of his pole-to-flag victory in 2015. Last year’s event was the first on the resurfaced layout, complete with re-profiled kerbing, but rain on race day prevented lap records from falling.
2016:Opening Race: Mehdi Bennani (Citroën); Main Race: José María López (Citroën)
2015:Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic)
2014:R1: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Gianni Morbidelli (Chevrolet Cruze)
2013:R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (SEAT León)
2012:R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Norbert Michelisz (BMW 320)
2011:R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
1:The WTCC was the first international championship to try the resurfaced Hungaroring, which boasted a new layer of asphalt of between 3-5 centimetres thick, when it visited in April 2016.
2:One of the highlights of the WTCC Race of Hungary weekend is the parade through the streets of Budapest, which, in 2015, featured high-speed driving displays by WTCC and F1 aces.
3:Ex-Formula One driver Gianni Morbidelli scored his one and only WTCC win at the Hungaroring when he triumphed in the second race in 2014.
4:Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896, before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
5:Hungarian inventions include the Rubik’s cube (Erno Rubik), the ballpoint pen (László Bíró) and the theory of the hydrogen bomb (Edward Teller).