The first Free Practice session is over and Mats Lysen (SuperCars), Ulrik Linnemann (Super1600s) and Derek Tohill (TouringCars) managed to drive the fastest times.
Drivers from all classes are finding their feet on the fast and technical Nyirád circuit. Conditions are currently dry but drizzle is eminent. Young Norwegian Mats Lysen was the quickest SuperCar driver first thing this morning.
Lysen was marginally quicker than returning American Tanner Foust in the first SuperCars practice session. Austria event winner, Timur Timerzyanov was third fastest, narrowly quicker than ex-teammate Liam Doran who was fourth fastest in his DS3. Kevin Procter was unable to finish the practice, being recovered from the track due to engine problems, and is confident that the car will be repaired and fine tuned for the next session. Peter Hedström also had teething problems; an overlooking Michael Jernberg was unhappy with the performance of his former Fabia Mk2.
Ulrik Linnemann was classified as the quickest Super1600 driver, faster than close competitors Krzysztof Skorupski and DS3 driver David Johansson who finished second and third respectively. Andreas Bakkerud who was fourth fastest praised the quality of the track here in Hungary. “The track is great, and built for Rallycross. It is technical but also fast, so it is very testing for the driver,” said Bakkerud. René Münnich, who had faced trouble yesterday, was able to set fifth fastest time. The German had another engine failure, and had to wait for delivery on engine late last night.
In the TouringCars Irishman Derek Tohill went fastest. Tohill proved to be narrowly faster than last weekend’s winner Robin Larsson. As expected, Roman Častoral was not too far behind, gaining third fastest. Kim Steinsholt was fourth fastest, this weekend swapping roles with David Nordgård who had planned to drive the BMW 1. Nordgård is instead chief mechanic whilst Kim will drive.