Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil teammates arrive at the Hungaroring circuit for the second race of 2018 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. The Frenchman (Race2 winner in Morocco) is aiming for the top position in the standings, while the Scottish rider comes seeking redemption.
Three races and a whole heap of action marked the start of a hugely exciting era for international motorsport as the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, which fired up in Morocco earlier this month. The Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team showed off on the streets of Marrakech, where Jean-Karl Vernay won Race2, but now it’s already time to go to Europe, as Hungaroring will hosts the WTCR second round this week from 27-29 April.
Located less than 20 km northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the old Iron Curtain in 1986. Ever-present on the F1 calendar since, the Hungaroring has also become a popular venue for world touring car racing. Resurfaced for 2016 with re-profiled kerbing to boot, the track blends tight turns and fast sweeps while its valley location makes for an initial descent before a climb back up to the high-speed Turn 4.
“Jay-Kay” Vernay is currently 3rd in drivers’ standing with 41 points, as the Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team occupies the same place in the teams’ ranking. His main rival will be Gabriele Tarquini, who won twice in Morocco and his team-mate and home hero Norbert Michelisz, who is familiar with the track.”Flash” Shedden will be surely gunning for the glory after his bad luck in the previous round: the Scottish driver (former BTCC champ), is determined to get a good performance on his Audi RS 3 LMS.
WTCR 2018 Race of Hungary (GMT +2)
Length: 4.381 m
Race 1 distance: 12 laps
Race 2 distance: 12 laps
Race 3 distance: 15 laps
Saturday, April 28th:
08:30-09:00 – Free Practice 1
10:10-10:40 – Free Practice 2
12:30-13:00 – First Qualifying
15:25 – Race 1
Sunday, April 29th:
10:00-10:20 – Second Qualifying Q1
10:25-10:35 – Second Qualifying Q2
10:40-10:50 – Second Qualifying Q3 (top-five shootout, points as 5-4-3-2-1)
15:30 – Race 2 (top 10 positions after Second Qualifying reversed)
16:55 – Race 3 (grid as per combined order after Q3)
Drivers’ World Standing:
1 - G. Tarquini / 62 points
2 - T. Bjork / 51 p.
3 - J.K. Vernay / 41 p.
12 - G. Shedden / 12 p.
Teams’ World Standing:
1 - BRC Racing Team / 86 points
2 - MRacing - YMR / 82 p.
3 - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team / 56 p.
Photo credit: Audi Media Center