In rallycross, choosing the right moment for the compulsory joker lap is the same as the perfect pit stop strategy in other series: at the first two Qualifying Races of the World RX of Norway Krisz lost valuable time after coming back behind slower drivers and getting held up. The two-time European Rallycross Champion is currently 11th in the overnight standings.
The rookie of the FIA World Rallycross Championship has never raced in Hell, the iconic Norwegian track before. Therefore the first day of the weekend on Saturday was all about getting to know the track: at the Free Practice it seemed Krisz is getting used to the circuit rapidly, however he got held up at both of today’s Qualifying Races and the EKS driver finished those races only 13th and 9th. In the overnight Qualifying Classification it means an 11th position.
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“The day started very well, at the Free Practice I quickly got the hang of the track. Now we were able to drive 3×4 laps instead of the usual 2×6 – it was a change forced by us, drivers, as everything overheated during the 6 laps. Thankfully the organizers listened us and made this change” – started Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro driver Krisztián his summary of Saturday.
“In Q1 Grönholm had a great start and overtook me, then I went straight out to complete my Joker lap. However as I came back, I got stuck behind a slower car and he was holding me up until the end. In Q2 my start was better and once again I chose to go out for Joker at the end of the first lap. Raymond opted to do it one lap later and he got to come back just in front of me. I could have been faster than him, but in this race it was him I got stuck behind.”
“Among all the Audis I was the fastest in Q2, which on one hand is positive, on the other hand is negative: we need to change the setup of the S1, because all three cars are usually not this behind. Especially not in Norway where Bakkerud races with a Supercar for the 9th or 10th time. Based on the results of Q2, tomorrow I am going to race in a very strong group. I will be facing Timmy and Kevin Hansen, Bakkerud and Raymond, and I will only start from P4. This time it will be important to have a clear race by not to get stuck behind anyone I can be faster than” – talked through some possibilities for Q3 Krisztián.
Qualifying Classification after 2 qualifying races out of 4 ( World RX of Norway): 1. Niclas Grönholm (FIN, Hyundai i20) 100 pts; 2. Timur Timerzyanov (RUS, Hyundai i20) 84 pts; 3. Timo Scheider (GER, Seat Ibiza) 83 pts; 4. Andreas Bakkerud (NOR, Audi S1) 79 pts; … 11.Krisztián Szabó (HUN, Audi S1) 66 pts.
Krisztián’s results: Q1: 13th, Q2: 9th