Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will drive in Rally Hungary next weekend, the fourth event of the FIA European Rally Championship competition. The Finnish duo, competing with TGS Worldwide’s Škoda, will enter the rally as test drivers for MRF Tyres.
Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will continue their season in the fourth event of the FIA European Rally Championship series, which will be driven next weekend in Hungary. Rally Hungary will be competed on tarmac roads in eastern Hungary, the Nyíregyháza region, 230 km east of the country's capital Budapest. The rally was previously known as Rally Nyíregyháza, which has been driven at the international level since 2004. The rally was competed for the first time last year under the new name of the European Rally Championship, Rally Hungary.
The International Automobile Federation FIA and the promoter of the European Rally Championship series are committed to continue to compete in Hungary in the future. This fact affected the decision that Lindholm and MRF Tyres made to also participate in Rally Hungary out of the three remaining options this season.
- This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rallies have been included in the European Championship series in an on-off style. Hungary has a standard place in the series and it was an important reason for MRF Tyres in particular to be in this upcoming competition. We have a four-event contract and the upcoming rally is the fourth in partnership with MRF, Lindholm says.
The Finnish duo is driving in Hungary for the first time. Preliminary data as well as videos from last year show that there is a fast-paced tarmac rally ahead.
- The routes are narrow and in some places rather bumpy tarmac roads, almost the same level with average speed like Rally Germany. We will run another tyre test on Wednesday. Based on our experience with the Fafe Rally in Portugal, we have new tarmac tyres to test again. The weather for the weekend can be from a few plus degrees up to 20 degrees. Now the weather broadcast predicts drizzle, but hopefully no snow, Lindholm tells.
In addition to the top names in the European Rally Championship series, Rally Hungary will also feature one current and two former WRC-level team drivers: Craig Breen (Hyundai), Andreas Mikkelsen (Škoda) and Mads Östberg (Citroën).
- They have reference and that alone is a good thing. Our goal is to produce a lot of comparable information about our new tyres and to have the best successful outcome, Lindholm reminds.
The FIA European Rally Championship Hungary will start late Friday night with the super special stage (2.4 km) on the Rabócsiring rallycross track. The rally continues on Saturday with eight special stages (118.78 km) and ends on Sunday, when there are seven special stages (69.88 km) in the program. The winners are expected on the finish line on Sunday afternoon after 17:00 (EET).