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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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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.

Photos: Track Racing