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Szabó describes Hungaroring ETCC crash

Szabó describes Hungaroring ETCC crash

14/05/2017 18:00

Zsolt Dávid Szabó has recalled the moment when his hopes of home FIA European Touring Car Cup success came crashing down at the Hungaroring this morning.

Szabó was fighting through the field following his fourth-row start in Race 2 when he came up against Petr Fulín in a similar SEAT. Contact between the pair on the run up to Turn 4 sent Szabó sideways into the barriers, while Fulín was able to finish fourth following a safety car period required to enable Szabó’s stricken Zengő Motorsport-run car to be removed from the track.

“I was outside at Turn 3 and Petr pushed me out of the track,” Szabó explained. “I tried to come back [but] I didn’t see he was at the end of my car and that’s why he pushed me and then I just couldn’t do anything. I just braked and hit the wall. I’m a little bit disappointed because I was really fast in the second race and I could have achieved podium also but it was a racing accident. I tried to win in front of my home fans, to be on the podium but I could have avoided it if I lifted the throttle into Turn 3. But I tried to overtake and that [accident] happened.”

Mladen Lalušić added to his FIA European Touring Car Cup scoring tally with sixth place in Race 1 at ETCC Race of Vila Real last month.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó’s impressive performances in the FIA European Touring Car Cup have been rewarded with a step up to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with Zengő Motorsport for WTCC Race of Argentina later this month.

Petr Fulín has praised FIA European Touring Car Cup rival Norbert Nagy for giving him a clean fight at ETCC Race of Vila Real last week.

José Rodrigues described the FIA European Touring Car Cup as a “great championship” after his one-off appearance in the series at his home event, ETCC Race of Vila Real.

Andreas Pfister left Portugal for his native Germany with more FIA European Touring Car Cup points in the bag following an encouraging performance in Vila Real last weekend.

Nagy’s mixed ETCC fortunes

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It was a case of differing fortunes for Norbert Nagy when the FIA European Touring Car Cup visited Portugal last week.