Local fans attending the FIA World Touring Car Cup’s second round of the season at the Hungaroring will be cheering on no less than five homegrown drivers after series organisers confirmed Dániel Nagy and Attila Tassi will race in wildcard entries alongside series regulars Norbert Michelisz, Zsolt Szabó and Norbert Nagy.
Twenty-year-old Dániel Nagy will race in a Hyundai i30 N TCR run by M1RA team, jointly owned by David Bári and Honda racing driver Norbert Michelisz. The team previously races with Honda Civics in last year’s TCR International Series – winning the Teams’ Championship title – but given the Hyundai’s dominant form in the FIA WTCR’s season-opener in Morocco, it looks like the car to beat.
Nagy previously raced for Zengõ Motorsport in the WTCC for the last two seasons in a Honda Civic and expressed his excitement at securing a wildcard entry for his home round.
“My main aim this year is being competitive in TCR Europe Series with M1RA and the Hyundai i30 N, but I am extremely motivated by this opportunity in WTCR, especially in front of a home crowd,” he said. “I raced on home soil [in the WTCC] for first time in my life and it will be a lifelong memory for me.”
Nagy will be joined by 18-year-old Attila Tassi, who finished runner-up to Jean-Karl Vernay in last year’s TCR International Series standings with M1RA.
Tassi will drive at the Race of Hungary in a brand new Honda Civic Type R TCR entered by the HELL Racing Team.
“To race in front of my home crowd in an FIA World Cup event is a dream come true. The level of competition will be higher than anything I’ve experienced in my racing career, but I’m not going there to make up the numbers and will instead push for the absolute best result I can possibly achieve. I can’t wait,” he said.
WTCR promoter, Eurosport Events, announced ahead of the series’ inaugural season that it would give the opportunity for at least two additional drivers to join each championship round on a one-off basis. Wildcard entries would be considered to be talented drivers from the host country or who have a strong link to the event.
The WTCR Race of Hungaroring takes place on 27-29 April.
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