The FIA World Rallycross Championship continues at Silverstone, a track where the 26-year-old driver hasn’t been before, however his team, EKS has performed very well. Krisz gained a lot of experience at his first three World Championship rounds and the weather could also be on his side.
After Spa-Francorchamps the FIA World Rallycross Championship goes on to another legendary racetrack. This round is the third out of four where the only Hungarian driver of the 2019 World Rallycross Championship field has never raced before: the 972m long, 40-60% tarmac-gravel track is however only unknown to Mattias Ekström’s team’s driver, most of his opponents has raced there.
photo: Petr Sulcik
“It’s another unfamiliar track coming, Silverstone, the last Formula 1 track in this year’s calendar. The first rallycross race here was held so most of the others have already been there. It’s hard to decide whether it’s an advantage or a disadvantage for me. The team however has all the necessary data from last year, moreover they were very competitive, Bakkerud put Kristoffersson under real pressure in the Final” – said Krisztián on Thursday at Silverstone.
“At first sight I like the track with the many gravel sections and the biggest jump of the calendar. It’s sure that that it doesn’t require the same driving style as Barcelona, we won’t need to drive sideways that much so it fits my driving style more. Even the weather could be on my side this weekend. We are in England, so rain is pretty ordinary here and it is expected for Sunday. In Belgium the Audis were doing very well in the rain, we managed to find a great setup, so I am not afraid if it rains.”
The five-time European Rallycross and Autocross Champion and World RX rookie Krisztián Szabó gains more and more World Championship experience race by race. So far the Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro driver ended the previous rounds with a 4th place in the Final and two Semi-Final finishes. What did he learn from those rounds?
“I learnt that there is no room for errors. The field is so competitive that three tenths difference on four laps could mean 4-5 places in qualifying. Despite that at the last two rounds the result wasn’t that great, my results at the Qualifying races improved such as my starts. I try to learn and be quick not only at some parts of the weekend, but to put together the whole weekend with the least mistakes. This is the most important I think: to make the least mistakes possible. I really hope that now I can score a podium result.”
You can follow all the action live on fiaworldrallycross.com and the series’ official social media platforms.
Standings of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship after 3 rounds of 10: 1. Kevin Hansen (SWE, Peugeot 208) 69 pts; 2. Timmy Hansen (SWE, Peugeot 208) 58 pts; 3. Timur Timerzyanov (RUS, Hyundai i20) 53 pts; 4. Janis Baumanis (LVA, Ford Fiesta) 52 pts; … 9. Krisztián Szabó (HUN, Audi S1) 35 pts.