– Yvan Muller excites in annual Budapest Street Parade
– Tom Chilton meets the media in championship promotion ahead of this weekend
– RML hoping history repeats on a strong track for the Cruze
Yvan Muller will be looking to add to his championship leading points tally this weekend as the team head to the infamous Hungaroring circuit, sited just 20km from the beautiful city of Budapest and home to local FIA World Touring Car Championship local hero, Norbert Michelisz.
The short turnaround following Slovakia last weekend has kept the RML team busy, with technicians remaining on site at the Slovakiaring to reprep the cars ahead of the annual Budapest Street Parade, in which Yvan Muller and an array of other local and international motorsport stars wowed the ever-enthusiastic crowds with demonstrations of their two- and four-wheeled machinery.
It was PR duties for Tom Chilton too, with a host of WTCC drivers attending a series promotion press conference to the stunning backdrop of St Stephen Basilica, joined by WTCC General Manager, Marcello Lotti, and President of Hungaroring Sport, Zsolt Gyulay – a former double gold medallist in the 1988 Olympics.
Hosting the WTCC for the third time, the Hungaroring has quickly proven itself to be a firm favourite on the calendar, with spectators expected to reach record numbers. And with changeable weather forecast and compensation weight updated following Slovakia’s results, the scene is set for an exciting event on the tight, twisty 4.3km Grand Prix circuit.
Last year proved fruitful for the RML-run Chevrolets as the three Cruzes powered to a clean sweep in the first race, and this year the team is confident of further success.
Yvan Muller: “We had a good weekend here last year and I am hopeful of repeating that. Unlike Slovakia, the Hungaroring is quite a twisty track, and relatively low-speed by comparison. A good qualifying position is important here as it can be a little trickier for overtaking, but certainly not impossible. Weather does play an important factor, although at the moment the risk of showers are minimal. The objective is to go out for the win and maximise on all points’ opportunities.”
Tom Chilton: “I’m looking forward to getting back out on track this weekend, where the aim is very much more points and podiums. We know the Cruzes ran well here previously and with every lap I pocket, I feel more at ease and learn more about the car. This track is relatively fair on tyres, with slower speed corners, however it is also narrower so wemust target the sharp end of the grid on Saturday to give us the best start to the races.”
Championship Standings after Rounds 5 & 6:
Yvan Muller 120
Gabriele Tarquini 96
Michel Nykjaer 57
Tom Chilton 55
James Nash 51
Pepe Oriola 49
Tom Coronel 47
Tiago Monteiro 46
Alex MacDowall 34
Rob Huff 31
Yokohama Teams Standings:
Bamboo Engineering 43
ALL-INKL.Com Munnich Motorsport 30
WTCC on Television
The WTCC qualifying sessions from Hungaroring and Salzburgring will benefit from live streaming coverage on www.fiawtcc.com