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Located close to the capital Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986 – an event won by Nelson Piquet in a Williams-Honda. Although it has been ever-present on the F1 calendar since, the Hungaroring is also established as a regular on the WTCC calendar. And the venue’s popularity among home fans has rocketed thanks to the emergence of Honda driver Norbert Michelisz as a home hero, particularly following of his pole-to-flag victory in the second race of 2015. FIA European Formula 3 is the lead support race in 2016.
1: The WTCC will be the first international championship to try out the resurfaced Hungaroring in 2016, which boasts a new layer of asphalt of between 3-5 centimetres thick.
2: One of the highlights of the WTCC Race of Hungary weekend has been the parade through the streets of Budapest, which features high-speed driving displays by WTCC and Formula One aces.
3: Ex-Formula One driver Gianni Morbidelli scored his one and only WTCC win at the Hungaroring when he triumphed in the second race in 2014.
4: Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896, before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
5: Hungarian inventions include the Rubik’s cube (Erno Rubik), the ballpoint pen (László Bíró) and the theory of the hydrogen bomb (Edward Teller).
Location: 2146 Mogyoród, Versenypálya 0222/2/3/6, Hungary
Length: 4.381 kilometres
Lap record (qualifying): Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m48.727s (145.05kph), 03/05/14
Lap record (race): Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m50.119s (143.223kph), 04/05/14
WTCC RACE OF HUNGARY WINNERS
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic)
2014: R1: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Gianni Morbidelli (Chevrolet Cruze)
2013: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (SEAT León)
2012: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Norbert Michelisz (BMW 320)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
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