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Back on track

The last round of the Hungarian national slalom championship took place on the well known Kakucs Ring on 12th October.

This race was also part of the Middle-European zone race. 70 drivers arrived to the chilly morning to have the last fight for the category podium positions, many of them still not yet decided.

 Szabolcs Sződy and Zsolt Sződy also arrived to earn more points.

“After we checked the track it is evident that the race would be a fast one. We like it. The temperature would be a key factor as for it will reach even 20-24 celcius. So many aspects we need to handle” – said the brothers.

This race is important for Zsolt as for he is still in fight for the third position but for Szabolcs his year-end place is already fixed so he can drive without pressure.

Race laps

Szabolcs started first with the 22 start number. “It is a fast track however there are two spots where the rythm broken a little in a slow S curve. But it is manageable.” His first lap was 02:03,323 sec.

Zsolt followed him a little later with the 52 start number. “It was okay, the asphalt will be hotter later with more grip. I am happy with my time, seems really good.” His clock stopped at 1:58,323 sec.

In the second round Szabolcs left the track on one of the curves, which is not that bad as for there is grass next to it but he did not realise that there was a hole there as well. The car shaked and after he felt some vibration on the car. Luckily the car did not damages and he can continue the race but the lap time was definitely slower (02:04,137).

Zsolt was even faster in his lap and delivered one more excellent time with 01:58,096.

The third laps took place in early afternoon with the warmest condition of the day. The 24 celcius was the air and the track temperature was much also. But the tires warmer faster.

“However in the morning we were looking forward to a hotter condition now we can say that is it too much. We lost some grip. As for the track is a fast one the tyres can quickly reach the optimum temperature but also can be overheated during the lap.” – said Szabolcs was not happy with his next time, it was 2:04,283 sec.

Zsolt did struggle with some gripping problem within his lap and slightly losing control in among the last buoys. ” I left the track to the dust and lost time and gripping as well. I hit one buoy and missed the rest resulted 22 sec penalty. This lap will be definitely eliminated from the final result.” – was sad a little Zsolt (Lap time included penalty 2:24,996).

The temperature was optimal on the forth lap. It is definitely appeared on the times as well.

“This was the target time the whole day, I would like to get beyond two minutes, it nearly happen on the last  lap completed” – said Szabolcs after had a lap of 2:00,525 sec.

“I delivered the 1.58 times the whole day, this was also a good 01:58,375. I hope I will be on the podium.” – said Zsolt.

 

Race results:

 

Track racing team reached their best result in this season with today excellent and solid performance of Zsolt, who reached the overall second position in Serie 3 category on the Kakucs Ring. This was the first time second position of Opel. Szabolcs finished at fourth. (hungarian championship points)

  1. Taczman Zsolt Citroen Saxo VTS 00:05:48,268
  2. Sződy Zsolt Opel Tigra 00:05:54,794
  3. Juhász Ádám Citroen Saxo 00:05:57,159
  4. SADOVSKI Milan Citroen Saxo 00:06:00,418 (outside the national championship)
  5. Sződy Szabolcs Opel Tigra 00:06:07,985

  1. overall results, Serie 3 category (between 1400-1600 ccm)
  2. Kaposznyák Mihály Citroen Saxo VTS      58
  3. Ildzsa Dávid Suzuki Ignis                          55
  4. Taczman Zsolt Citroen Saxo VTS               35
  5. Sződy Zsolt Opel Tigra                              34
  6. Sződy Szabolcs Opel Tigra                        27
  7. Juhász Ádám Citroen Saxo VTS                  13
  8. Kovács Viktor Renault Twingo RS               8
  9. Csiszár Alexandra Opel Corsa                       1
  10. Hajdú Eszter BMW                            0

Summary of the day:

“The weather was good however it is the middle of October. It was a fast track with exciting competition.  We did not expect in the morning that we will have a chance for the podium second position, that is a great surprise and nice finish of the season.However we just missed the third place we are not disappointed. Was some chance for it, but finally missed minimum 2 points. It was plan “B” to reach at least another podium today, which completed and it was second place, above all expectation. It was a good race and a good season. Definitely we will analyse the season and based in that prepares for the next season. But right now we have a small celebration with the teammates to close the season.” – said the brothers as not sad.

This was the last race of the season. The yearly summary will come shortly.

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Podium finish again

The 6th race if the Hungarian slalom championship held at Kiskunlacháza, third time this year.
However the track itself was a new one because the championship got another part of the airport service lines than the usual one. The 65 drivers were all excited to the new track.
Semi-new track
 
The pleasant Indian summer weather welcome the cars and the participants.
Sződy brothers were also excited.
“We like it very much. However this is the third race but it seems to be a new event. The Organizers built a totally new track, nothing like that before. It’s fast, it has rythm, fast straight lines bed followed by slow curves and returns. Enjoyable.” – said the brothers.
Race laps
 
Zsolt started with number 38 to the track which was longer this time than usual, 1.8km.
“It went well until the end, where I missed the direction of the last two buoys which resulted significant, 40sec time penalty. Overall it was a good lap, I will correct in the next round.” (02:32,722)
Szabolcs started with 76 number.
“I Have experienced in the first live lap how good the rythm of this track has. It is not easy, important to have short brakes and fast speeding and to be quick at the straight lines and in the curves.
You need to use the gear shifts the speed much more. But it is enjoyable and still room for improvement.” – said Szabolcs after finishing his lap at 01:53,172 sec.
The second lap of Zsolt was without mistake and the brothers time was nearly equal, however they have difference within their driving style but that is surprisingly more appear in other circuits than in this long and fast one.
Lap times: Zsolt 01:51,054, Szabolcs 01:51,306.
The temperature if the asphalt was optimal in this third lap. And the difference between the two brothers were only 0.17 sec., as 1:50:152 (Szabolcs) and 1:49:980 sec (Zsolt). These was clear laps.
Final laps
 
“The last lap will be very exciting because that would decide who will be the third out of us. The harmony is there between the car and the track so it would be decided who can deliver better the last lap.” – talk to us the brothers.
Szabolcs did his best lap of the day. “The temperature of the track dropped but everything else was optimal for me. I did not concentrate better this time but the practice deliver the better result. I am happy with it. When I returned to the depo I got the news that I would finish at third.” (01:49,809)
Zsolt was slower more than a second and that costed the podium for him.
“I do not know why but I was not that good in the fourth lap. There were no mistakes but that was all in this lap. Szabi deserved to be the third, he was good all day.”
Podium ceremony
 
Szody brothers got faster and faster in the second part of the season and managed to get another throphy after Kalocsa in Series 3 category. But this time Szabolcs takes it.
Standings
1. Kaposznyák Mihály, Citroen Saxo VTS        58
2. Ildzsa Dávid, Suzuki Ignis                             55
3. Sződy Zsolt, Opel Tigra                              30
4. Taczman Zsolt, Citroen Saxo VTS                24
4. Sződy Szabolcs, Opel Tigra                       24   
6. Kovács Viktor, Renault Twingo RS                  8
7. Juhász Ádám, Citroen Saxo VTS                    7
8. Csiszár Alexandra, Opel Corsa                       1
9. Hajdú Eszter, BMW                                         0
On the overall standing Zsolt is at third, Szabolcs at fourth position, just one race to go.
Summary of the day
“However it was a replacement race it brought excitement for everyone. Good track, well organised rounds, excellent lines. The podium position for Szabolcs reached only 0.9 sec after three laps, thanks to a combination of precise and fast driving. The car worked well, it was stable and accelerate well and the temperature was optimal for the wheels.
We are deserved today’s result and looking forward to the last race, it comes only two weeks.” – summarised the day the drivers of Track Racing.
The next race will be in 12th of October at the Kakucs Ring. The last round decide the finally overall standing in S3 category end of this season.
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GT Champions at Hungaroring

The next race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season held at Hungaroring.
The weekend was all about.
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril, who finished first place on both qualifying and standing at the top of the podium after the two races. This excellent performance earn them enough points for the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo to be on the third place overall, after fallen out at  Nürburgring.
The Hungarian visitors enjoyed every minutes of the show. The open hour at the boxes resulted massive tumult ahead of each teams and the open podium above the boxes were full of people who enjoyed the performance of the mechanics during the wheel changes.
The overall champions were crowned in Hungary, as were class title-winners in Pro-Am and Silver Cup.
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril delivered a spectacular showing in Hungary. It was not enough to earn them the title – they had fallen out of contention at the Nürburgring – but a brace of pole-to-victory performances ensured the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo third in the standings.
FFF’s secret weapon was the incredible work of their pit crew, who frequently gained significant time for the #563 Lamborghini.
Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli emerged victorious at the top of the overall standings, with the #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini crew edging Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (#4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG) by the smallest possible margin. As has become the norm in sprint racing, the title remained in the balance until the chequered flag flew.
The #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini took six podiums this term – four of them runner-up finishes – without winning a race. In fact, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart were among the top-three finishers in five of the last six contests, helping to ensure that a Lamborghini crew stood on the podium 10 times from 10 races.
A total of 19 drivers finished on the overall podium this season.
The final race to be held at Barcelona on 28th September will decide the final order of the championship.

The next race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season held at Hungaroring. The weekend was all about
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril, who finished first place on both qualifying and standing at the top of the podium after the two races. This excellent performance earn them enough points for the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo to be on the third place overall, after fallen out at Nürburgring.
The Hungarian visitors enjoyed every minutes of the show. The open hour at the boxes resulted massive tumult ahead of each teams and the open podium above the boxes were full of people who enjoyed the performance of the mechanics during the wheel changes.

The overall champions were crowned in Hungary, as were class title-winners in Pro-Am and Silver Cup.

Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril delivered a spectacular showing in Hungary. It was not enough to earn them the title – they had fallen out of contention at the Nürburgring – but a brace of pole-to-victory performances ensured the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo third in the standings.
FFF’s secret weapon was the incredible work of their pit crew, who frequently gained significant time for the #563 Lamborghini.

Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli emerged victorious at the top of the overall standings, with the #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini crew edging Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (#4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG) by the smallest possible margin. As has become the norm in sprint racing, the title remained in the balance until the chequered flag flew.

The #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini took six podiums this term – four of them runner-up finishes – without winning a race. In fact, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart were among the top-three finishers in five of the last six contests, helping to ensure that a Lamborghini crew stood on the podium 10 times from 10 races.

A total of 19 drivers finished on the overall podium this season.

The final race to be held at Barcelona on 28th September will decide the final order of the championship.

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Podium in Kalocsa

After a seven weeks of summer break the Hungarian slalom championship backs to Kalocsa.

The airport place hosted a race last year as well so the 47 cars again had the opportunity to speed below the sport airplanes on a hot and sunny day.

Not to easy

Sződy brothers are also looking forward to it.

“It was a long break but we are here on the fourth race of the championship. Before was a good and exciting race last time. After we checked it seems to be a complicated one but let’s see during the laps. During the practice race it did not worked well to find the right raceline directions but the race would matter.”

Szabolcs stated first. “As we realised during the practice session this is not an easy track. I missed the practice on the third part of the track. I am not too happy, I suffered during the lap. There is no more room to fail, I have to do it it next time.” – sadly told Szabolcs. He got 80 seconds penalty (lap time 3:02:879 sec)

 

Zsolt followed him but he also did mistake: “I missed the track on the very same place as I did in the practice session. I missed one buoy in the last part. This will be the eliminated lap, definitely. But now I will go and have another look of that part of the track, I have to memorise it.” He got 2 seconds penalty (lap time 1:43:505 sec).

 

Re-plan

 

The brothers had new opportunities in their second lap and forgot the mistakes started with clean cards. They managed to deliver the laps without mistakes. Szabolcs did a security lap while Zsolt managed to bring a faster one. (lap times 1:41:111 and 1:33:860 sec).

After some summer rain and short break the race continued with the third laps. Szabolcs reached a 1:38:777 no lap on a slightly wet surfaces while Zsolt on an already dry one a 1:33:808 sec lap.

The track became optimal in the afternoon, which also reflected by the lap times, of course the drivers routine add it’s part to it.

Szabolcs spoke on the speed of the track: “My mistake was frustrated at the beginning of the day but afterwards all my following three laps were fine. Especially the last one where I expected around 1:37 but reached  1:34.333. The end it was okay. I am relaxed now after these three good laps.”  – said Szabolcs with smile. 

 

Zsolt also reached his best time on his last lap. ” Everything was optimal, however the tyres were a little loud. I really hope I can reach the podium.” (with this 1:31:021 lap time).

Results

 

After a difficult day Zsolt managed to reach the third place, got a nice throphy and many points. Szabolcs reached the fourth place.

 

 

 

Standing (4 of 7 races)

 

S3, 1401 – 1600 ccm

 

  1. Kaposznyák Mihály   Citroen Saxo VTS       40
  2. Ildzsa Dávid               Suzuki Ignis                36
  3. Sződy Zsolt               Opel Tigra                  20 
  4. Taczman Zsolt           Citroen Saxo VTS       18
  5. Sződy Szabolcs         Opel Tigra                 15 
  6. Kovács Viktor            Renault Twingo RS      5
  7. Juhász Ádám             Citroen Saxo VTS         3
  8. Csiszár Alexandra     Opel Corsa                     1
  9. Hajdú Eszter              BMW                          0

 

Daily summary 

 

„There were everything on this day: sunshine, some rain, sadness and happyness. However it started very hard we managed to put together ourselves and deliver a good result. The track was not easy but got used to it and improved a lot. The car worked perfectly, even under wet circumstances. And it was our best race with the third and fourth place. We are extremely happy and looking forward to the next race.” – said the brothers.

The next race will be on the place of the trade exhibition city called Hungexpo. This is a street race basically, but we’ll see the race on 24th of August.

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Hungarian GP: Late charge sees Hamilton beat Verstappen

A late-charging Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he overtook Max Verstappen for the lead of the race with four laps left to run.

Verstappen was out in front for most of the race, having kept his lead off the line and into Turn 1. Hamilton kept the pressure on the Dutchman, but couldn’t pass him in the early stages of the race.

Verstappen was the first of the two to pit, while Hamilton stayed out for another handful of laps, rejoining the circuit a number of seconds behind the Red Bull driver.

However Hamilton soon closed up on Verstappen, but once again couldn’t pass him, despite a close wheel-to-wheel battle through the first sector.

Mercedes opted to pit Hamilton for a second time for the medium tyre, which saw him close up in the final 20 laps to eventually overtake Verstappen for the lead with four laps left to run in the race.

Verstappen then pitted late on after he had lost the lead for a fresh set of soft tyres to secure the fastest lap of the race.

Hamilton and Verstappen were seemingly in a race of their own, as Sebastian Vettel, who secured the final spot on the podium by making a late overtake on teammate Charles Leclerc, was a minute behind.

Valtteri Bottas was put out of contention for the win after he made contact with Leclerc in the opening phase of the race, forcing him into an early pit stop for a new front wing.

The Finn battled back through the field to secure an eighth-place finish, but loses out in the championship battle, with Verstappen now right on his tail for the second spot.

Carlos Sainz produced another strong drive for McLaren, as he crossed the line in fifth place to secure another eight points for the Woking squad.

Pierre Gasly, who started the race from sixth place, dropped back a number of positions at the start, managed to recover to cross the line in that position – albeit a lap down on Hamilton and Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen finished inside the top ten once more for Alfa Romeo, ahead of his compatriot Bottas.

Lando Norris, who was running behind his teammate Sainz early on in the race, had a slow pit stop which saw him drop down the order and eventually cross the line in ninth.

Alexander Albon picked up the final point for Toro Rosso, after being involved in a close tussle with teammate Danil Kvyat on lap 14 of the race – a battle which Kvyat came out on top in.

However, the Russian driver would eventually end up in 15th place, one week on from his podium finish at the German Grand Prix.

Hamilton now holds a 62 point lead in the championship over Bottas, who himself is only seven points in front of Verstappen for second in the championship.

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Young gun Verstappen lays to rest the old pole question

The precocious Red Bull driver is still only 21 and yet the breakthrough at the Hungaroring, in front of a crowd of raucous and orange shirted fans on a cloudy afternoon, felt long overdue.

As Verstappen’s race engineer told him over the radio: “Better late than never”.

Verstappen is the man of the moment, the sport’s on-form driver with two wins in the last three races and 20 successive top five finishes, so it seemed like a distinct anomaly that he had never started on pole.

He has seven wins already and team boss Christian Horner regularly refers to him as a wise head on young shoulders, praising his maturity.

It was not ever thus, with Verstappen a young man in a hurry from the moment he became the youngest to take part in an official practice session — with Toro Rosso three days after his 17th birthday in 2014.

The youngest F1 race driver, also at 17, Verstappen became the youngest winner at 18 but the opportunity to become the youngest pole sitter slipped through his fingers.

Sebastian Vettel, who also started out at Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso and is now at Ferrari and a four-times champion, did that at 21 years and 73 days.

Verstappen, the 100th driver to take a Formula One championship pole position, sometimes got it wrong and sometimes Red Bull were hampered by reliability problems with former partner Renault’s engines.

“For me it never really mattered,” Verstappen, who turns 22 next month, said of the lack of poles. “I knew it was a matter of time. You need a bit of luck sometimes as well.

“Of course, I made mistakes myself to miss a pole position shot. And today we got it, so very happy with that.”

Saturday’s pole was also a first for engine partner Honda since Jenson Button put their factory team on the top slot of the grid in Australia in 2006.

A week ago at Hockenheim, the Japanese manufacturer celebrated the first time since 1988 that two of their teams were on the podium.

Verstappen’s victory in Austria in June was the first for a Honda-powered car since Button in Hungary in 2006.

While Horner hailed Verstappen, saying he was “on fire this afternoon”, he was also careful to praise the manufacturer’s contribution.

“It’s fantastic for him to get his first pole,” said the boss. “It’s all credit to Honda, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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The summer starts at Lacháza

The third round of the Hungarian National Slalom Championship held again at Kiskulacháza,

replacing the cancelled Eger city race. After 5 weeks the drivers returned to the same track but the weather was completely different: this time there was no rain and wet track but hot and sunny weather to bear.

Szabolcs and Zsolt Sződy prepared for the summer weather with parasol and sun cream. “This would be a long and hot race but this time we will drive on a dry surface with good adhesion, which really needs for the bends.” – said the brothers.

Opel Tigra was well prepared for the race and they hope to reach a good result, even a podium can be a possibility this time.

Race

Szabolcs started with number 20 but he did many mistake on his first lap. “I did not manage to memorise the trach enough and I started the first buoy from the wrong side and did the same in case of the last buoys. However, the speed was okay but it is evident that this lap will be eliminated out of 4 due to the 40 sec penalty I got” – was a little angry Szabolcs (current lap time: 2:04:367. The final time 2:44:367).

Next one was Zsolt with number 40. “I felt that the tires were a little bit unstable when I braked but I did it very hard, maybe that was the reason. It was a test lap for me as well (02:03,894), three more chance.” – said Zsolt.

The times of the second laps were: Szabolcs: 2:03:806; Zsolt 2:01:422.

The third laps were hold early afternoon and they seem to be the hottest ones which also reflected on the lap times. Szabolcs reached 2:02:093 while Zsolt further improved to 2:00:683. These were the quickest laps for both of them, the fourth round times were just below these ones.

“After the test round and the mistakes in the first lap I put together the track and the following laps were good for me, I started to enjoy the race and getting more speed. The fourth lap time was nearly the same as the third” – Szabolcs said (2:02:149).

The last lap time for Zsolt was 2:00:987, nearly the same as the previous one without any mistake. “It was the same drived as the third lap but the time was slower a little. Maybe the track was even better in the previous round. Nevertheless the lap was good and I am looking forward to the final results” – said Zsolt after his last lap

Results

Zsolt finished fourth while Szabolcs fifth at the end in S3 series. These are their current positions in the championship as well. This is the order of this category, very tight at the top:

Series S3 (1401 – 1600 ccm)

  1. Kaposznyák Mihály,  Citroen Saxo VTS  29 points
  2. Ildzsa Dávid,  Suzuki Ignis                       28 points
  3. Taczman Zsolt,  Citroen Saxo VTS          18 points
  4. Sződy Zsolt,  Opel Tigra                         14 points
  5. Sződy Szabolcs,  Opel Tigra                   10 points
  6. Kovács Viktor,  Renault Twingo RS           5 points
  7. Juhász Ádám,  Citroen Saxo VTS               3 points
  8. Csiszár Alexandra,  Opel Corsa                 1 points
  9. Hajdú Eszter,  BMW                                   0 points

Summary of the day:

“We are over a hard day. It was difficult sitting in the car because it was extremely hot before and after the laps, luckily during the race we do not feel it, only we concentrated to do a clear lap. We are expected this result but hope for a podium position – it did not happen this time, the gap between the cars was too big. The car was okay, the tires worked well and we were satisfied with the adhesion on such a hot surface. We are also checked the lubricant during the day and it was also good. We reached our limit, we can not be even faster, we are so close to the buoys. The next races will be the favourites at Kalocsa and Nagyatád so we hope to reach a podium again.” – said the brothers.

Now there will be 7 weeks summer break, the next race will be 27th July at Kalocsa.

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Rainy race on the airport

There is a say in Hungary that every drop of the May rain worths gold – definitelly for the agriculture – but what about cars?

The Hungarian Car Slalom Championship 67 drivers faced a drizzling or havily rainy weather on 4th of May at Kiskulachaza. The situation seems to be equal for all but there were some differences….

Tyres choice

The type of the tyres is really important, said Sződy brothers before the race.

“It seems there will be raining today so we have to face wet conditions. We arrived with our racing tyres but we also bought another rainy set to be sure. This is a test for us because we did not try them in wet surface but we will during the practise lap and we will decide afterwards.”

Racing laps

They decided to keep the racing tyres because they worked well.

Szabolcs started first with number 18.

“In my first lap only slightly rained but the track was really wet. However the car did not slide at all. I have no idea about the possibility of a good lap time but this one is an optimal starting point.” (01:59,421)

Zsolt did his first lap in more heavily conditions.

“I was surprised how good the car was in such conditions. Only it slipped a little but overall everything worked fine. The track is good for us, let’s see what can we reach on wet.” His first lap time was 01:55,705.

Szabolcs missed the correct order of the bouy resulted to get 30mp penalty and ended with 02:20,194. This lap would be the one to be eliminated from the final result.

While Zsolt further progressed and the clock stopped at 01:52,703, with a chance to reach the podium.

Thanks to the weather conditions and the several delay to rescue other cars the organisers decided to reduce the lap number from four to three.

Szabolcs concentrated for a clear last lap.

“Although I did it without mistake when I started the rain falled heavily and the water stopped on the ground. This was not that bad but the visibility conditions bothered me more. Overall it was a good lap, the car worked well but this was the realistic time I managed to do under these circumstances.” Time was 02:01,686.

Zsolt, who started 20 cars later only faced with the water in the track. “There was no raining when I went, but only wet. That why I had a better time a little. If I calculate correctly this lap time (01:52,351) worth the fourth position.And I worked a lot to get it.”

Results

Zsolt finished fourth and Szabolcs finished fifth on the second race of the seven races championship so they just missed the podium. They are currently also on the fourth and fifth place in serie 3 category out of nine drivers.

Daily summary

“We prepared that it would not be an easy day, it rained nearly continuously and the track was wet all day. We got used to it but it was not easy. As for the tyres worked really well we got a small chance to reach podium but it would come next time, now at the end we had to accept this fourth and fifth position. It worth a lot of points for us. We hope the next race will be warm and dry on 8th June at the same place.” – said the guys.

280 km on two wheels

Sportseconds.com:

Please can you give us some words about your last week competition. Or was it a journey rather?

Zsolt:

“Yes, rather. In the last couple of years I have participated in a bike circle tour around lake Balaton. This year after the total circle, which was 206km I put an additional small 75km one on the following day.

I really like this sport and I also use my bike as transporting vehicle. I realised on the slalom race how lucky we were with the weather there, no rain at all!”

Sportseconds.com:

Do you think on racing by bike or that is already left behind?

Zsolt:

“No, I do not think anymore to race against the clock. I prefer to take long tours on asphalt. Beside the beautiful scenery it is good to be on fresh air, I just recommend this to everyone!”

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The season started in Kakucs

As previous years the motorsport season also started in spring, including the Hungarian Slalom championship.
82 drivers attended on 7th April in Kakucsring on a cloudy and muggy morning to this well-known track. The first race is also part of the CEZ (Middle-East European Slalom championship).
Season Opening
Szabolcs and Zsolt Sződy (Track Racing team) arrived to the depo with their Opel Tigra. “We prepared the car until Saturday night yet but it was ready for the race. The decoration of the car is even more spectacular this year, the rest will be seen on the race. We are really looking forward to this season and happy to get back behind the wheel.” – said the brothers.
The preparation and the morning track visit was still under wet condition but for the practice the sunshine arrived. However the track was still slippery thanks to the low temperature, the lack of grabbing on the track and also to the brand new tyres.
First laps
Zsolt started with 60 racing number but the temperature still was not good enough to change the main circumstances. The car slipped twice. “I did struggle a lot with the adhesion, I hit a buoy as well and at the back side of the track the back of the car also sliding out but I managed to catch it. This was only a testing lap (02:10,522 with 2mp penalty) but three more to go.”
Szabolcs took a more relaxed lap. “The car was also unstable for me but the tyres was hotter so I am satisfied with the time, currently (02:10,800)” – said shortly.
The other laps 
For the second laps the conditions are improved further so the lap times were even better for everyone. Zsolt had 02:05,020 while Szabolcs 02:07,012 was for them.
“Maybe the conditions were the optimist for the third round, we were even faster but furthermore we also enjoyed the driving.” – said Zsolt.
“For me this was the most enjoyable lap for me, I think I did not make any mistake. It is evident that the result will be not enough for the podium but this race the target is not that high.” – summarized Szabolcs.
For the last round Zsolt did a slightly worse than his best one, finished with 02:04,793 but Szabolcs was even faster and the time stop at 02:05,921. The car worked really well.
Results
In the S3 category the Sződy brothers collected valuable points on their first race, finishing fifth and seventh, Szabolcs only missed the sixth place with 0.023. But that is also part of the car racing and surely next time it would be his favour.
Daily Summary
“After so many days and work finally we can sit back behind the steering wheel and race again, This is really missed for us. The car worked well, the mechanisers did an excellent job to prepare the car for the race, great appreciation to them. The adhesion was a problem this time due to the lower temperature conditions but it is sure that it would be okay for the following races and we can reach even more. The car was prepared for the summer season rather as for more races that’s why we selected a medium tyres for this year. We are not disappointed about the result, we know that more interesting races will come. This overal time does not favour for Szabolcs now: 0.023 seconds was needed for the 6th place. But this time but we will focus for the following races.”
The next race will be on 4th May at Kiskulacháza.
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Demare opens Giro account after Ackermann crash

Arnaud Demare sprinted to his first career victory at the Giro d’Italia after a dramatic crash involving Pascal Ackermann at the finish of stage 10.

Ackermann, holder of the points jersey, was left battered and bruised after he was involved in a significant accident involving multiple riders at the front of the peloton inside the final kilometre, with the German unable to contest the sprint.

As the finish unfolded from there, Demare surged through on the left to beat Elia Viviani, Rudiger Selig and Caleb Ewan for his first win in this year’s race.

Ackermann slowly made his way to the finish line with a group of team-mates as Demare celebrated.

The flat 145-kilometre stage from Ravenna to Modena, which came after a rest day, was the penultimate chance for sprinters prior to the mountain stages.

Groupama – FDJ’s Demare, 27, also has two Tour de France stage victories to his name, making this his third Grand Tour triumph. He has closed the gap to Ackermann in the points standings to just one.

A frustrated Viviani had to settle for second place for the third time in the race.

After the breakaway of Luca Covili and Sho Hatsuyama was caught with 30km to go, shortly after a crash for Enrico Battaglin, the peloton was largely in control aside from a solo attack from Fran Ventoso with 2.5km, which the sprinting teams were able to haul in.

There was no change at the top of the GC standings, with Valerio Conti retaining a lead of one minute and 50 seconds from Primoz Roglic.

DEMARE DELIGHTED TO MAKE BREAKTHROUGH

He had to wait until the 10th stage to taste victory, but it was worth it for Demare.

“We came to the Giro for this,” he said after the win. “I really wanted a stage win and I got it. I avoided the crash because we, as a team, were very well positioned. I’m super happy.”

Conti, meanwhile, was relieved to stay out of the way amid the chaotic crash as he retained the pink jersey.

“I hope nothing bad happened to my team mate Simone Consonni in the crash,” he said. “I have been well protected by my team the whole day. I thank them for giving me one more day in the Maglia Rosa.”

 

STAGE RESULT

1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) – 3:36:07
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick Step) + same time
3. Rudiger Selig (Bora – Hansgrohe) + ”
4. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) + ”
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Dimension Data) + ”

CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS  

General Classification  

1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) 39:44:39
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) + 1:50
3. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) + 2:21

Points Classification  

1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 155
2. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) 154
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 109

King of the Mountains   

1. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 32
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 22
3. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) 18

NEXT UP

Wednesday’s stage 11 from Carpi to Novi Ligure is another flat day. The 221km course will likely be the sprinters’ last opportunity for a stage win until the final week of the race, and some of the quicks will be expected to drop out after the finish.