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Track racing with track tyres

On 22nd of April the Hungarian Slalom championship continued with the second round in Kakucs Ring. 79 drivers started the race, which was this time a Central-European Zone race (CEZ) on a build track. For the Track racing team it was a premier – for the brand new Nangkang AR-1 semi-slick tyres.

After the first visit the Sződy brothers thought on the track: “The whole track did not change but of course the buoys varied and again there is a long corridor in the middle of the track. We must be punctual but we can push more. The  stick tyres much better in this track so the cars do not slip.”

During the test round they got some impression on how the tyres are working but they would have four chances (four round) out of the best three counted.

Szabolcs (start number 43): “Luckily the car, the track, the asphalt were all familiar but the tyres. This is even better a racing tyres than the one we used last year, it is even softer. The adhesion was good and it was not as warm, I was satisfied. The first round is not the quickest one but it was not that bad at the end. But I would like to improve further.” Lap time: 02: 02,981 seconds.

 

Zsolt (start number 56) did not complain, either. “However I got warm car from Szabolcs but the Opel still worked well. Although it is only April the weather is rather like being in an early summer with 28 Celsius. The tap time was not that good (01:59,603 sec.) but I try to be even faster.”

In their second laps they decided to change the tactic and use 3 speed gear in one of the corner combination but neither of them improved, Szabolcs took (02:03,906) while Zsolt (02:02,007 sec.). This was not a good decision so they dropped that tactic.

The third laps were the best for both of them, Szabolcs had 02:00,760 while Zsolt 01:58,538 but these laps were under the hottest weather circumstances.

The forth laps resulted 02: 02:00,959 sec. for Szabolcs and 02:00,959 sec. for Zsolt. Basicly did not improve timely performances, but did not affect the final position of the brothers. 7 race drivers they finished this racing day. Zsolt and Szabolcs on the 5th and 6th and got valuable 4 and 3 points. In overall now the 6th and 7th palce of the 9 drivers on S3 category.

The brothers summarized the day:

“We were surprised about the hot weather, this is not usual in the middle of April. We got use to our new Opel Tigra, there is no problem with its size or weight. It is strong and easy to drive. The tyres were a little soft and we need to use them with higher pressure but it was a good test. We are happy to get the 6th position with only a 0.244 sec. difference thanks to the good fourth lap for Szabolcs. The task now is to collect as many points as possible because at the end all of them would count.” – said the Track Racing drivers.

 

The next race will be on 1st of July, after 9 weeks break in Hatvan but we will have the change to meet the brothers outside the race as well. Keep you informed.

 

Photos: Track Racing