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Great Run VII.

Race cars, motorbikes and trucks in the heart of Budapest?

Yes, this is the Great Run, which apart from being a fantastic and spectacular event for the spectators, has the explicit aim of bringing the motorsport closer to the people. This event has become a tradition in the Hungarian capital, allowing fans as close to the race cars, motorbikes, trucks and drivers as could never come true in a closed circuit.

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Chinese Grand Prix driver ratings


Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton struggled throughout the weekend, but when it mattered in qualifying, he produced a strong lap to secure a front row start. With starts being arguably his weakest area, he was on top of it this weekend, and after taking the lead into the first turn, controlled proceeding unchallenged thereon in.

Rating: 9.0

Valtteri Bottas

It was a more on form Bottas this weekend after a poor showing in Bahrain. Taking his seventh pole position, Bottas’ chance of a win slipped away mere metres into the Grand Prix. However, he kept Hamilton in his sights throughout to secure another 1-2 finish for Mercedes.

Rating: 8.0

Sebastian Vettel

After a disastrous outing in Bahrain, Vettel was gunning for the win in Shanghai. However, as Mercedes was simply in a class of its own, a podium finish was probably the best he could have achieved.

Rating: 7.5

Max Verstappen

Verstappen did well to split the Ferraris in the race after heavily outperforming teammate Pierre Gasly in qualifying. He had a go on Sebastian Vettel, but just didn’t have the pace in the car to keep up with the German.

Rating: 8.0

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc ended up getting hit hard by Ferraris strategy call. It seemed he lacked a little pace compared to Vettel throughout the weekend, but still should have finished in at least fourth place.

Rating: 7.0

Pierre Gasly

Heading into the season, Red Bull probably expected Gasly to pick up mostly sixth place positions. That he managed in China but was still a long, long way off Verstappen. Nevertheless, it was an improvement from Australia and Bahrain.

Rating: 6.0

Daniel Ricciardo

It was the race that Ricciardo was hoping for. After two consecutive DNF’s for Renault, picking up the ‘best of the rest spot’ and his first points of the year was exactly what he needed as he continues to acclimatise himself in his new team.

Rating: 8.0

Sergio Perez

Typical Sergio Perez. After missing out on a spot in Q3, the Mexican perfected a one-stop strategy, doing what he does best. Obtaining more points for Racing Point, it was a smooth and successful race for the 29-year-old.

Rating: 9.0

Kimi Raikkonen

Like Bahrain, Raikkonen had a pretty quiet weekend. After ending his streak of Q3 appearances, he too drove a one-stop strategy and picked up more points for Alfa Romeo.

Rating: 8.0

Alexander Albon

Albon was the popular choice for Driver of the Day after the race, as he drove to a solid P10 finish after starting from the pit lane. It was a great race drive, but his wreck in FP3 which put him out of qualifying can’t go unmentioned. It remains to be seen if his Honda power unit can be used again going forward.

Rating: 7.5

Romain Grosjean

Grosjean was unlucky to not be able to set a time in the final stage of qualifying, as Haas came from having no pace in Friday practice to getting both cars in Q3 when it mattered. Even though they did not show the pace that they had at the first race of the season in Australia, it was strategy which was the limiting factor that meant Grosjean couldn’t score any points.

Rating: 7.0

Lance Stroll

Stroll has continued his seven-race streak of being eliminated in Q1 (although four of these were for Williams), and he did not show the same pace that his teammate Perez had in his Racing Point during the race. A late pitstop prevented him from a possible P11 finish, but this would still not have earned the Canadian any points.

Rating: 6.0

Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen had a similar strategy to his teammate Romain Grosjean, a strategy that ultimately didn’t work. However, the Dane did not have the speed of Grosjean in the race.

Rating: 6.0

Carlos Sainz

Sainz suffered yet another blow in what has been a horrible start to the season for the Spaniard, as he lost a lot of time in his first lap collision with Kvyat. He extracted all he could from the car in qualifying, where he was comfortably faster than his teammate Norris, and then had good race pace in his comeback drive.

Rating: 6.5

Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi is had another weekend to forget, where he was unlucky to not be able to complete a timed lap in qualifying. However, he also was quite far off the pace of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen during the race. The Italian also managed to be beaten by Sainz, which should never have happened given the gap between the pair after lap one.

Rating: 5.0

George Russell

Yet again we do not feel that it would be fair to give the Williams’ drivers a rating, as they can only be compared against themselves. It was still a relatively good performance from Russell, who made a two-stop strategy work to beat his teammate Kubica for the third race running.

Rating: N/A

Robert Kubica

Kubica had a much better weekend than the previous two rounds of the season, as he was much closer to his teammate George Russell both in qualifying and the race. He is still suffering from issues with his Williams car that aren’t apparrent on Russell’s FW42.

Rating: N/A
Lando Norris

Norris had his first retirement in Formula 1 at the Chinese Grand Prix, which came after a disappointing qualifying meant he was caught up in the first lap incident with Kvyat and his teammate Sainz. He didn’t have much pace in the race up until his retirement, due to heavy damage to the floor, sustained during the incident.

Rating: 5.0
Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat performed well in qualifying to miss out on a Q3 appearance by only 0.022s, the stewards deemed the Russian to be the cause of the first lap incident with the two McLarens. This meant he was awarded a drive-through penalty, which effectively ruined his race. Toro Rosso later retired the car to reduce the engine and gearbox mileage.

Rating: 6.0

Nico Hulkenberg

After losing out by a small margin in qualifying to Ricciardo, Hulkenberg was unfortunate to have to retire his RS19 after only 15 laps due to yet another MGU-K problem for Renault.

Rating: N/A

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Chinese GP: Hamilton storms to race victory


Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead in the world championship for the first time in 2019 as he crossed the line in first place at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Briton was unchallenged on his way to his 75th career win, as he beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line, and took the lead into the first corner, making it three from three races in 2019 that the pole sitter hasn’t headed the pack into the opening corner of the Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc also got past his teammate Sebastian Vettel at Turn 1, but couldn’t keep up with the Mercedes’ who started to pull away.

There was a brief virtual safety car period after Daniel Kvyat came together with the two McLarens on the exit of Turn 6. Daniil Kvyat received a drive-through penalty for the incident, whie McLaren failed to score any points.

On the 11th lap, Leclerc let Vettel past to allow the German to go in chase of Bottas in front. However, Vettel failed to pull away quickly and while he towed Leclerc along, Max Verstappen closed in in the Red Bull.

The Dutchman then triggered the pit stops, as he boxed for medium tyres. Vettel responded on the next lap, coming out just in front of the 21-year-old. Verstappen attempted an overtake at the Turn 14 hairpin, but failed to make the move stick, getting pushed out onto the grass by Vettel.

When Leclerc pitted a number of laps later, he emerged far behind Verstappen in fifth place, where he would remain for the rest of the race, even after the second round of pit stops.

Out in front, Mercedes was unchallenged and decided to stack their cars when they made their second pit stops, after Vettel and Verstappen.

Pierre Gasly drove a lonely race but picked up his best result at Red Bull, crossing the line in sixth place. However, he pitted in the last couple of laps and managed to pick up the extra point for the fastest lap.

Daniel Ricciardo also had a quiet race for Renault but managed to pick up his first points of the year, finishing in seventh place. He headed Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen who were eighth and ninth respectively.

After starting from the pitlane, Albon drove a one-stop strategy to pick up the final point on offer, while also winning the Driver of the Day vote.

It was a tough day for Haas, who failed to pick up points despite having both of its cars inside the top ten for the start of the Grand Prix.

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Auto Tuning Show opens in March

A miracle happened in front of the audience of WesteEnd City Center for four days while the mechanics rebuilt the winning prize of the Automobil and Tuning Show – a fifth generation Ford Mustang! Well, anybody who is over 18 years and buy a ticket for the exhibition can be the winner and thlucky owner of this unique car!
The expo will held between 22-24th of March at Hungexpo and the winner will be announced on the last day.
Press members already had the chance to have a closer look on the Mustang and got some details about the exhibition itself. The expo is waiting for the visitors with many new and exciting programmes.
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Last race of the year

The last race of the Hungarian National Slalom championship organize on Kakucs, as usual with 85 drivers.

Although it was end of October the weather was not as cold as expected, however it was still dark when the drivers arrived to Kakucsring.

It has weight

The final order of the championship was still open for many competitors, including Sződy brothers:

“Our previous race at Kiskulacháza was not as successful as we expected and collect less points but we still have a chance to reach the 5th and 6thposition within our S3 category. The circuit looks really good and looking forward to the race laps.”

The race 

Zsolt starting with the 26 start number. He did a mistake on his first sharp lap and got 20mp penalty to leave the circuit. “The circuit was a little wet and because I broke to late I missed the buoys. But it was only the first lap so no worries.”.

Szabolcs said: „I run a solid lap but I broke in wrong rhythm in the last corner so still room for improve.”

Zsolt improved a lot in his second lap, which was this time a clear one and Szabolcs also drove faster as earlier.

The brothers became faster in their third laps as well so the last laps would decide the final orders.

The most important lap

For the final round the organisers decide to swap the starting order to the opposite way so it was Szabolcs who drove first. “The sun is coming out behind the clouds consequently the asphalt was warmer. I was satisfied with this lap, which was well the best today for me.”

Zsolt did a miracle lap and he was quite happy when he saw his time. “I knew that the year-end result is depend on this last lap because there is hardly any gap between the fourth and the fifth place drivers. Szabolcs suggested to drive as fast as possible, which was not easy but I managed to do it.” – said the birthday boy.

Lap times


1st lap, 02:00,535

2nd lap, 01:58,748

3rd lap, 01:58,469

4th lap, 01:56,449


1st lap, 02:23,511 (including +20sec penalty)

2nd lap, 01:56,302

3rd lap, 01:57,515

4th lap, 01:55,409 (best lap)

Race results and championship order

Thanks to the excellent very last lap Zsolt managed to beat his rival and finished at fourth in Kakucs, while with narrow differences Szabolcs only reached 7th.

Consequently on the yearly total list Zsolt finished 5th and Szabolcs 7th out of 17 competitors.

Summary of the day

“We were happy that the weather was fine and the temperature was just optimal for the tyres and lubes and also the Opel Tigra engine was not too warm. This last race was really exciting and when we saw the times it was realised that Zsolti was quicker only just 0.6 sec to beat the Suzuki Ignis for the fifth place in overall. This year was all about working as a team, reaching the fifth position which was the aim and it is an extra that we collected one trophy as well (Szabolcs finished third in Nagyatád back in August). So overall we were satisfied with this year results and looking forward to the next year. Only after the Christmas time.”  

Photos: Track Racing


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Professional Motorsport World – everything which is needed for motorspor

Between 7th and 9th November 13th Professional Motorsport World Expo was organised in Koln (Koln Messe expo hall). More than 230 exhibitors, developer and part producers were represented for the premium category of car and motorsport accessories segment all around the World.


The interest was already significant on Wednesday opening in hall 10.1.

Many race accessories were presented like racing gloves, helmets, special shoes for the drivers and accessories like clutch, break pad, break discs, pedals for the cars.

The professional transmission is the world of manufacturers. The preparers build inside the special sequential 7 or 8 speed gearboxes. Which manage the switch the transmission totally electronically within hundredth of a second. Out of many exhibitors we would like to highlight the Lithuanian Samsonas. The well known Cosworth, main supplier of touring cars, this time brings its electronic products for the exhibition.

XTRAC gearbox brings an own “jewellery saloon” and the visitors can admire transmissions,

gear wheels and their accessories. The prices were not there but we do not dare to ask them. However it is good to know that they can be used without any significant problem for three years. Even on a long distance race only the gear wheels can suffer small scratches which can be fixed or replaced quickly.

Brembo Racing is a big GT whose carbon and steel brake disc is used in Le Mans by the professional long distance sport cars.

We would like to mention ZF, Bilstein, Öhlins, Tractive and KW with its huge and lovely exhibition stand of suspension parts.

As for the presentations and workshops there were an average 4 to 5 per day in two places, covering the areas of how to plan a racing track to how to build a racing car – full in details.

Still carbon… 

We should mention the materials which are used in the racing technology.

While in the past metal, steel, woods and glass were used nowadays rather aluminium and plastic are very popular for the frames and kevlar and carbon for the other parts.  From a big one until the smallest peace all items were designed individually to exactly fit, be easy and strong. Furthermore visually carbon is fantastic. This year exhibition several companies represented themselves from the carbon manufacturers area.

We have to note that there is a new natural composite material in this segment which is based on flax fibre.

Series of motor accessories were offered to observe and even buy in many stands like pistons, piston-rings, billet fuel rails, water cooled electronic throttle bodies, winch mainly for sport and racing cars but also serial ones as well.

Racing car renting is still popular, more running companies preparers or assist to put together racing cars but have to mention that we need to dig deep in our pocket.


Among the safety equipment it can be seen the latest HANS, the new generation of the fire protection clothes and the new collection of “Gloria”, the head protection of the formula cars. Only three companies prepare titan glories, one of them is SST Technology, who also presented products in their stand.

Racing Cars

Among the presented cars we found the Hungarian race driver, Norbert Michelisz Hyundai I30 racing car in GKN stand. This beautiful car is also the racing car of WTCR leader Gabriele Tarquini.

Japo Motorsport zero kilometer Opel Astra TC-R is a typical built racing car. It is ready to go, only the decoration is missing from the totally white car. The price is 115 thousand EUR.

The other running and racing cars which were presented to the visitors were also first class, among others BMW and Porsche KTM GT cars which can be rented for laps in Nürburgring. And of course Lamborghini can not be missed.

Gala dinner and PMW awards  

Part of the event for limited availability there was a special gala dinner for the exhibitors and some guests – engineers, team members, and media. On a special ceremony 6th category winners got prizes, including the surprising guest Dr. Jonathan Palmer ex-Formula 1 driver who also celebrates his birthday.

Overall the visitors had the opportunity to see rare racing accessories, future products, tuning parts which prepare by manufacturers, new invents and also ready to go racing cars. This exhibition gave a complex overview of the world current state of the motorsport technology.
Article: Szabolcs Sződy

Photos: Zsolt and Szabolcs Sződy

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Magnussen and Grosjean retain Haas seats

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will remain with Haas for the 2019 Formula One season.

Magnussen is ninth in the driver standings with 49 points in his second season with the American team following his move from Renault.

Grosjean, who has driven for Haas since its inception in 2016, has 27 points to his name, leaving them fifth in the constructor standings ahead of the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

Team principal Guenther Steiner said the duo deserved to keep their seats following what has been Haas’ best season.

“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team, and we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen,” said Steiner.

“We’ve improved drastically from last year to this year, so retaining both drivers was a pretty easy decision.”

He added: “I think the 100-point barrier should be and will be broken, and we’ll do it with Romain and Kevin.

“Both drivers push each other to be better, and their collective feedback allows us to be better. It’s not a coincidence that in their second year as team-mates, Haas is having its best year.

“By keeping Romain and Kevin together, we aim to do even better next year.”

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Marvellous Marquez reigns in Aragon yet again

Marc Marquez held off Andrea Dovizioso to clinch victory at the Grand Prix of Aragon after Jorge Lorenzo crashed out for the second successive race.

Spaniard Marquez triumphed on home soil for a third successive year, though it was far from straightforward for the world championship leader on Sunday.

His battle with Dovizioso ebbed and flowed throughout after polesitter Lorenzo’s early exit, the Ducati rider failing to make it beyond the first corner as he flipped over the front of his bike.

Marquez had initially squeezed into the lead, ahead of compatriot Lorenzo, who suffered a dislocated toe on his right foot, but Dovizioso darted to the head of the field by the end of the opening lap.

The Italian held sway for the majority of the race before the duo began exchanging first place, Marquez – who jumped onto the barriers to salute the crowd during his celebrations – crucially assuming control on lap 21 before moving clear in the closing stages.

Andrea Iannone secured the final place on the podium ahead of Suzuki Ecstar team-mate Alex Rins, with Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro in fifth and sixth respectively.

Danilo Petrucci was seventh ahead of Valentino Rossi, the Italian making a late move to pass Jack Miller, with Maverick Vinales rounding out the top 10.

Marquez has now won six times this season, though this success ends a four-race drought that stretches back to the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring in July.

He leads the overall standings by 72 points from Dovizioso with five races to go, making it just a matter of when, not if, he is crowned champion again.


1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +0.648 seconds
3. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) +1.259
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) +2.638
5. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) +5.274
6.  Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Gresini) +9.396
7. Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Racing Ducati) +14.285
8. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) +15.199
9. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing Ducati) +16.375
10. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) +22.457
11. Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS) +27.025
12. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) +27.957
13. Bradley Smith (KTM) +28.821
14. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha) +32.345
15. Karel Abraham (Angel Nieto) +37.639


1. Marc Marquez – 246
2. Andrea Dovizioso – 174
3. Valentino Rossi – 159
4. Jorge Lorenzo – 130
5. Maverick Vinales – 130

1. Repsol Honda 333
2. Ducati 305
3. Movistar Yamaha 289
4. Suzuki Ecstar 200
5. Alma Pramac Racing 187

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BlancPain GT weekend on the Hungaroring

The organizer SRO Motorsports Group brought the Blancpain GT series cars in the Hungaroring.

So the spectators have the chance to have a look these extraordinary, superb sport cars and also listen them. Unforgettable experience – please do not miss the best photos

Races summary:

During the Friday free practice sessions the cars could enjoy the sunshine on Hungaroring circuit. There were plenty of time for testing, updating the set-ups or trying different tyres.

On Saturday the public had the chance to follow the Morning practices and in the Afternoon there were races as well. But the weather had its part of the weekend as well. The first race for GT4 drivers was red-flagged on its 48th minutes, 12 minutes shy at the end due to the heavy rain, however the full points went to the winner pair, M.Koebolt/S.Knap (BMW M4 GT4).

It was the same on Sunday, the race was finished also before the normal time due to a spinning, this time B.Visser/N. Menzel won with (also with a BMW M4 GT4).

The “learning category” of Formula 1, Formula Renault Eurocup is technically the same with the Renault monopod one seated race. These races are also full of excite and also it is a great opportunity to observe these young and talented drivers, some of them definitely will be a member of the elite formula one field shortly. The weather did effect those cars as well.

Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) are the winners of two Formula Renault Eurocup races at Hungaroring, in the seventh round of the season. The same two drivers are the leaders in the championship standings, with Lundgaard leading ahead of Ye.

BlancPain Gt Sports Cup Championship is for drivers with less routine but with strong sport cars. Although the number of participants are less the races have more excite and more fun for the drivers and spectators as well. What a sound these cars have!

The main races of this weekend were definitely the BlancPain GT Series Sprint two races. This series required two drivers, who swap around half way of the one hour race while the car is in the pit (during refuelling and tyre replacement). Christina Engelhart/Mirko Bortolotti won the dry Saturday race with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 while the Sunday rainy race won by Raffaele Marciello/Michael Meadows with a Mercedes-AMG GT3. It is important to note that the drivers managed to fulfil this short race without any problem because they are generally take part on 6, 12 or even the 24 hours racing. Comparing those ones one hour is not a difficult to complete! Furthermore the Sunday race was even shorter because the race started behind the safety car for a couple of laps due to the heavy rain and aquaplaning.

Overall it is worth to visit!

Photos: Szabolcs Sződy and Zsolt Sződy

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Saving points in an airport 

There was hardly any break between the two Hungarian Slalom races, after three weeks of Nagyatád city race the sixth round took place in Kiskunlacháza. 

The track is already a well-known one for the 67 competitors who arrived to the airport on this lovely sunny end of summer day.


Keep collecting the points 


Sződy brothers arrived with great motivation after reaching a podium last time and the first one with the new car. The aim was the same: hunting as many points as possible.

„We are here again for another race. We are really proud for the first trophy we reached but now we have to focus for this race. The track is big with heavy curves, there are three turnovers and there is a narrow corridor as well. So the track is unique this time and we have to focus hardly.” – said the brothers.


Zsolt started firstly with number 40. “Unfortunately I missed the correct entry to the corridor so I lost significant time. There are three more rounds but I am a little frustrated.” – said. His time was 2.22.432, including a buoy 2sec penalty.

Szabolcs followed with starting number 70. “There was nothing specific, I have tested where I can go even faster or can be more brave.” His lap time was 2:19:264.

In the second rounds Zsolt improved a lot ( 2:17:689 ) while Szabolcs reached 2:18:882.

On the third rounds Zsolt improved even further to 2:15:103, which was the fourth best in the category while Szabolcs showed a solid performance with nearly the same times (1:18:853).

This time there was an opportunity to take four laps, out of it the three best total gave the final order.

But this time both brothers did a mistake in the same part of the track. Zsolt missed the perfect timing to round the far turnover. “However the tyres were excellent I missed the breaking point and lost around 1.5 sec.” His time was still not too bad, 2:16:733.

Szabolcs also failed that break zone. “I tried to  reach one of the competitor who was in front of me so I did some risk and did the break too late. I left the track and hit some part of the grass and the bottom of the car also hit by. My car did not damage luckily, however I lost the grip of the tyres afterwards because of the dusts. This lap was gone.” His time was the worst one, 2:20:034.

Accidently similar? 

How it is possible that both drivers did the same mistake? Because of using the same car? Or because they are brothers? Well, technically both, because their driving styles are so similar and using the same vehicle. And they tried the same thing on the same part of the track. If something is too much, it is too much for both. Both was not fully experienced with the technical element: Tigra holds the factory original set ups with blocking the break. It means that in case of a hard break the car is using a longer breaking zones while the drivers calculated with shorter distance. New car, new driving style to learn.


The final results were a mixed one, Zsolt reached fifth position while Szabolcs ended at seventh. Overall Zsolt has 22points and hold his fifth place while Szabolcs with 18 points share the sixth position, one more race to go.

Daily summary

“It was a long day with a long track. We learned quickly the track however we were unable to drive out all opportunities and possibilities. Maybe we tried harder than it should be, especially the last lap. Overall we are not disappointed but not happy, either. It was a lovely weather, nice race and we had a good race. Not a solid one because we would like to earn more points. Consequently we will have more things to do on 27th of October, the very last round at KakucsRing for fighting the year-end positions.


Photos: Adrienn Czarl