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Hungaroring: The form book
1 May 2013
The fourth round of the 2013 FIA WTCC heads to Budapest for the Race of Hungary at the fast and open Hungaroring circuit this weekend.
This is the third successive year that the touring cars will race here and all eyes will be on hometown hero, Norbert Michelisz and his Hungarian team, Zengo Motorsport.
Gabriele Tarquini and Tom Coronel took their first victories of the season last time out at Slovakia and it will be interesting to see if local driver Michelisz can capitalise on the crowd's encouragement and take his first victory of the campaign.
*Michelisz, who had a competitive weekend in Slovakia, including a podium in race one last Sunday, has had a successful time at the Hungaroring and took an emotional victory in race two last year which bettered a second place in race one from 2011. No doubt the 28-year old will be looking for more silverware again this weekend.
*Championship leader Yvan Muller has taken two victories in the previous visits to the Budapest track but, with Honda and BMW showing competitiveness, it will be interesting to see how the former triple champ will fare. Muller also holds the fastest race lap time of 1min 55.937secs and the pole position record of 1min 54.503secs.
*Former factory Chevrolet driver Alain Menu clinched the race one victory in 2011. Menu will return here later this year, racing in the Porsche Supercup as part of the F1 support races.
*Moroccan hero Mehdi Bennani and former GP2 race winner Javier Villa have taken a podium each in their ProTeam BMWs.
*Chevrolet has taken three wins here against BMW's one victory. SEAT's best result here is a solitary third place, courtesy of 2009 champion, Gabriele Tarquini.
by Dexter Fielding
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