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.
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
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)
- Kaposznyák Mihály, Citroen Saxo VTS 29 points
- Ildzsa Dávid, Suzuki Ignis 28 points
- Taczman Zsolt, Citroen Saxo VTS 18 points
- Sződy Zsolt, Opel Tigra 14 points
- Sződy Szabolcs, Opel Tigra 10 points
- Kovács Viktor, Renault Twingo RS 5 points
- Juhász Ádám, Citroen Saxo VTS 3 points
- Csiszár Alexandra, Opel Corsa 1 points
- 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