For the first time in Le Mans Series history Hungary will host a round of the most challenging endurance championship on Sunday 22nd August. The 1000 km of Budapest, fourth round of the 2010 Le Mans Series will be held on the same racetrack that...
For the first time in Le Mans Series history Hungary will host a round of the most challenging endurance championship on Sunday 22nd August. The 1000 km of Budapest, fourth round of the 2010 Le Mans Series will be held on the same racetrack that has hosted the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986, the Hungaroring located in Mogyorod, near Budapest.
After a second podium in the 2010 Le Mans Series at the 1000 km of Algarve last month, REBELLION Racing now heads to Hungary with high expectations.
REBELLION Racing is second in the teams classification, battling for the title with the leading Audi-Joest #7 and third placed Peugeot-Oreca #4, with five points covering these three. With only two races remaining in the 2010 Le Mans Series, REBELLION Racing is aiming to score the maximum points possible. The Swiss team's main goal is to win the Championship and winning races, but the opposition of factory diesel cars are not making the task easy, even for the best ranked private team.
In Hungary, REBELLION Racing will try to get both cars onto the podium. The team was close to doing that in the Algarve, Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost finished second with the #12 car, but contact in traffic for the #13 Lola whilst in third position spoilt Andrea Belicchi's and Jean-Christophe Boullion's efforts, they finished fourth in LMP1.
The Hungaroring is a challenging circuit, very demanding on set-up. The low speed, tight and twisty nature of the track stresses the suspension and engine in a similar way to the recently visited Algarve circuit.
The Hungarian track is quite bumpy and is comprised of 14 mainly low to medium- speed corners with the start-finish straight just 700m long. The drivers will need good traction and good torque from their engines to secure a competitive lap time.
REBELLION Racing Team Manager Bart Hayden: "The Hungaroring is a track where we expect to continue our strong recent progress. Following our second podium of the season in the Algarve we are very much looking forward to seeing how our cars will perform on a new track for the Le Mans Series.
Since last month's race in Portugal, the team has been very focused on further improving the cars. I know that both driver pairings and their crews are very motivated right now, so we look forward to another weekend of solid results."