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HUNGARY'S KORNEL TO RACE IN EURO RX

Hungary’s Lukacs Kornel will switch from competing in the Junior World Rallycross Championship to racing in the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season.

Kornel, who is known as Csucsu, experienced rallycross for the first time last year and will drive a Ford Focus Supercar in Euro RX this season. He finished as second overall two-wheel drive car in the European Rally Championship in 2013, before moving to the JWRC.

“I will race a brilliant Ford Focus that we’ve bought from Koen Pauwels this year,” said Kornel. “We tried to choose a car that has all the best parts. I’ve finished rallying. With my driving style, rallycross is the best way for the future for me. I like the idea of a sprint race, you can save nothing, you just drive as fast as you can! This is the future of car racing.”

The Hungarian driver will compete in a range of events in 2016 to gain experience, but will focus on Euro RX. The team has been unable to test the car so far this winter, due to the weather conditions in Hungary, but that hasn’t stopped Kornel dreaming about the year ahead. He said: “Unfortunately now in Hungary we have a lot of snow, so now there is no chance to test. As much I can, I spend a lot of time in the workshop to sit in the car, hold the steering wheel and dream about racing in Euro RX. I hope I can do some tests before the first Euro RX race in Belgium.”

Knowing he has a lot to learn this season, Kornel is thinking of the long term and believes Euro RX is a good stepping-stone on the way to realising his dream of becoming a world champion. “I want to be the best that I can. Since I was five years old, I’ve wanted to be a world champion. I hope I can show my potential in Euro RX and hopefully later move into World RX. I want to use this year to earn a lot of experience, and to know what I need to do for a good championship result in 2017.”

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