Andy Priaulx Heads To Hungary for FIA World Touring Car Cup
Updated: May 13, 2019
The WTCR Race of Hungary this coming weekend will be a new experience for the vastly experienced Andy Priaulx, as this will be his first race at the Hungaroring. However, he is no rookie when it comes to driving there, as the triple world champion explained: “I do know the track very well from testing there over the years and so I know exactly what to expect. It is tight and twisty and challenging and I have always enjoyed driving there. I am feeling pretty confident ahead of the race, we are well prepared, I feel we can do well and I have my sights on a podium.” Andy’s first race in Morocco in his Cyan Racing-prepared Lynk & Co 03 TCR was not quite the start he was looking for, but after 19 years away from front wheel drive cars he knew it was not going to be easy. “It was obvious from the level of the competition that it was going to be tough. Just a look at my team mates, Yvan Muller, Yan Ehrlacher, and Thed Björk, makes it obvious that I will not have an easy time. Yvan won a race in Hungary last year, Thed won one this year in Morocco and Yvan has an impressive record over the years. However, I relish this sort of competition and aim to get my number 111 car up there at the front,” he said. The 4.381 kilometre Hungaroring is about 20 kilometres outside the capital Budapest and has been the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986. It is in a beautiful hilly location and is tight and twisty. Overtaking here is not easy so the drivers have to be ready to grab any chance they are offered at the few places where such manoeuvres are possible. The itinerary for the WTCR Race of Hungary 2019 starts on Friday, 26thApril with free practice 1 from 17.00 to 17.45. Free practice 2 is on Saturday from 09.45 to 10.15, followed by qualifying from 11.45 to 12.15 and then the 12-lap first race starts at 15.15. On Sunday there will be a second qualifying that is split into three sections from 10.00 to 10.20, 10.25 to 10.35 and then finally the first car starting at 10.40. The two races that are 12 and 15 laps respectively are at 15.30 and 17.00. All these times are local and an hour ahead of BST.