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Preview: Hungaroring 2021

No room for error

Calm before the storm - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE

Penultimate race weekend of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe (PSCCE) coming up. A well-known name in international racing will also be at the start in Budapest.

  • Race Day is on Saturday, 14th of August
  • Hungaroring as second F1 circuit on PSCCE calendar
  • The chase continues for Keep It Gold Racing and Junior Team CE

Charlie Wurz (AUT), middle son of Le Mans winner and long-time Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurz, makes his GT4 debut in the Lechner Racing Porsche one-make cup. After his basic racing education in karting, the 15-year-old has been driving selected races this year in Italian Formula 4, in the tradition of his grandfather Franz in rallycross and now for the first time in the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The mid-engined sports car is the ideal introduction to GT racing for Charlie, as it is for many other drivers. The GT4 racing car with a six-cylinder boxer engine produces almost 450 hp, is equipped with a dual-clutch transmission and has electronically adjustable traction control and ABS.

The competition
As far as the competition within the Central European Porsche Sprint Challenge is concerned, however, Charlie Wurz still will be facing a hot challenge – not only due to the high temperatures beyond 30 degrees announced for the coming weekend. Unbeaten so far in the GT4 Sprints, Jonas Greif (GER) and Frederick Jerich (AUT) from the Junior Team Central Europe come to the Hungaroring. Franz Dziwok (POL, FA1 Racing) is also full of confidence after his acclaimed Endurance home victory (with Florian Janits) in Tor Poznań. He is only six points behind Greif and Jerich, who are tied on points, in the overall Sprint standings. Dziwok now leads the ProAm standings by eight points over Leo Willert (AUT, Heizer Monkeys Racing Team) after two wins this season.

In the GT3 Cup car class, there has been no way around Freddy Fast (AUT) and Max Werndl (GER) from Team Keep It Gold Racing so far. The best chances to break this dominance at the Hungaroring will be with Freddy Kremer and his team-mate Markus Sedlmaier (both GER, Kremer Racing) as well as with Alex Ellinger (AUT, Autopark Wien), who is back on the grid after a break from racing. The races in Hungary could bring a preliminary decision in the AM classification: Tomasz Lach (POL, LAVA Racing) already leads by 18 points over Klaus Bönighausen (GER, baederprofis.de) after three of five events.

The track
Only three weeks after the exciting Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix with surprise winner Esteban Ocon, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe makes a guest appearance at the Hungaroring. Located in the suburb of Mogyoród to the north-east of the capital, Hungary's largest racing facility will host a Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe event for the second time since 2019. In 1986, the first Formula 1 Grand Prix behind the "Iron Curtain" took place here, and Lechner Racing is also a regular guest at the Hungaroring with the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, among others. At the International GT Open round in Budapest a few weeks ago, Andy Soucek and Benjamin Barker in the Porsche 911 GT3 R also clinched a podium finish for the successful team from Salzburg. Despite its infamous reputation of being not well suited for overtaking, the rather narrow and slow circuit regularly ensures exciting races across all categories. Not to forget the characteristic water park with the best view of the 4.318-kilometre racetrack, which is also used by one or the other driver to cool down between races.

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Calm before the storm - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
Hungaroring from above, paddock and pit building view - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
Open to everyone. Join the Porsche Sprint Challenge by Lechner Racing - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
The Porsche 911 GT3 (r.) and the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 (l.) - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
The PSCCE offers a lot of fun, prestige and beautiful trophies - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
Thunderstorms might effect the choice of Michelin tyres - Credit Martin Trenkler - PSCCE
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