Hungarian fans will be cheering on three local drivers at this weekend’s round of the FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Hungaroring, with the addition of Tamás Tenke to the grid as a wildcard entrant.
Tenke will race alongside his countrymen, BRC Racing Hyundai’s Norbert Michelisz and KCMG Honda’s Attila Tassi, in a CUPRA León TCR entered by former WTCR outfit Zengő Motorsport.
The 22-year-old is already confirmed to race in the WTCR’s feeder championship, the TCR Europe series, this year with Zengő Motorsport but will instead step up to the top-level championship this weekend while the two series share double-billing at the Hungaroring. Regulations prohibit a driver racing in both series at the same circuit on the same weekend.
Tenke is not setting any unrealistic expectations ahead of his WTCR debut.
“This is a big honour for me and an incredible opportunity,” he said of his wildcard entry.
“I will have a lot to learn and won’t be making any predictions. I just want to complete as many laps as possible in practice and qualifying and finish all the races. That would make me satisfied.”
Zengő Motorsport owner Zoltán Zengő was equally delighted to confirm his team – which had run a full programme in WTCR last year – would return to the series, albeit in a one-off capacity.
“We are really pleased to be back in WTCR / OSCARO, especially for our home event,” he added. “There is no doubt that Tamás will face a steep learning curve but it’s a great chance to experience a very high level of competition and take on new skills that can only help his progress in the sport.
“The wildcard option is a very good one for teams not in the position to commit to a full season. Maybe there will be other opportunities during the year.”
Under the WTCR regulations, wildcard entries will carry an additional 20kg of compensation weight ballast and not be eligible to score championship points.
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