Fans will flock to the Hungaroring for this weekend's WTCC event

The Race of Hungary, the fourth event of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season happens this weekend at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest.

Richard’s F1 previews this weekend’s action and takes a look at some of the talking points leading into this weekend…

The Hungaroring was a late addition to the World Touring Car Championship calendar after the sudden cancellation of the Race of Morocco at Marrakech, and it’s also the first time that the championship will pay a visit to the country.

The circuit has hosted a round of the European Touring Car Championship in 2001, with Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) and Roberto Colciago (Audi A4) winning a race apiece.

Having played host to the Formula 1 circus since 1986, the Hungaroring is an iconic Hungaroringvenue on the F1 calendar, synonymous for its lack of overtaking and slippery surface. The much slower WTCC beast should not find the 4.4-kilometre circuit as much of a challenge overtaking-wise, although there’s little doubt that the undulating circuit will present its own challenges to the drivers this weekend.

With the championship-leading Chevrolets having dominated proceedings in the opening three events on the calendar, the Hungaroring’s twistier nature could play into the hands of the BMW and SEAT drivers.

Undoubtedly, fans’ entire attention will be focused on one driver this weekend: Norbert Michelisz. The BMW driver currently lies eighth in the championship standings, and he’ll be thrilled to open his win account on home soil if given half the opportunity.

If the Chevrolets are again the team to beat, then the main point of interest will be how the team manages the increasingly intense competition brewing between its three lead drivers, Robert Huff, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu. Both Huff and Menu were on the receiving end of some rather pushy driving from Muller, and all three will desperate to assert their authority this weekend with the championship still very much wide open.

On the SEAT front, the Spanish outfit has again performed more tests on its new turbocharged engine, which it will be hoping it can debut on at least some of its cars this weekend. With Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro leading the outfit’s championship charge, expect the two ex-F1 stars to get first use of the new-for-2011 engine configuration.

Make sure you stay tuned to the Richard’s F1 website this weekend for the latest news and results in this championship series!

 

2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List (Race of Hungary):

No. Entrant Car Driver
1. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Yvan Muller FRA
2. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Robert Huff GBR
3. Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Gabriele Tarquini ITA
4. Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Aleksei Dudukalo RUS
5. Zengõ-Dension Team BMW BMW 320 TC Norbert Michelisz HUN
7. SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Fredy Barth SUI
8. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Alain Menu SUI
9. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Darryl O’Young HKG
10. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Yukinori Taniguchi JPN
11. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Kristian Poulsen DEN
12. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Franz Engstler DEU
15. ROAL Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Tom Coronel NED
17. SUNRED Engineering SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Michel Nykjær DEN
18. SUNRED Engineering SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Tiago Monteiro POR
20. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Javier Villa García ESP
21. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320si Fabio Fabiani ITA
25. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Mehdi Bennani MOR
30. Polestar Volvo Volvo Volvo C30 Robert Dahlgren SWE
35. Wiechers-Sport BMW BMW 320 TC Urs Sonderegger SUI
65. Deteam KK Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Marchy Lee Ying Kin HKG
74. SUNRED Engineering SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Pepe Oriola ESP

 * Subject to final FIA confirmation

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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