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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.”

Fábio Mota fought for a podium finish in both FIA European Touring Car Cup races at Zolder – but had to settle for a best result of fourth place scored in the first of two races in Belgium.

Seventeen-year-old Czech Václav Nimč will step up to the FIA European Touring Car Cup when the all-action series visits his homeland next month for ETCC Race of Most, the final event of the 12-round season.

Rudolf Pešović has explained what went wrong in Race 2 at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder – and his hopes for being back in action for Most finale next month.

Andreas Pfister reckons fifth place is as good as it could have got when the FIA European Touring Car Cup returned to Zolder last weekend.

Petr Fulín has publically thanked his Křenek Motorsport team for the work it did to keep his FIA European Touring Car Cup title bid on course.

Christjohannes Schreiber, Igor Stefanovski, Peter Rikli, Norbert Nagy and Petr Fulín attended the post-race press conference at FIA ETCC Race of Zolder. This is what they had to say.