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SZABO HOPING FOR RETURN TO EARLY-SEASON FORM

Friday 2nd of August 2019

EKS Sport’s Krisztian Szabo enters round seven of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Canada a week after getting married in his native Hungary.

Szabo will start the Trois-Rivieres weekend with a fresh outlook after two difficult weekends in Norway and Sweden, where he didn’t make the semi-finals. “I don’t know what to expect based on the last two weekends, they were the worst weekends of my career. I hope that from there things are only going up. For sure my aim in Canada is to be in the semis, in a good place, then from the semis we know that anything can happen – it’s rallycross. I hope that I’m back in form after the little summer break, after my wedding last week I’m full of energy and I’m hoping for the best. But, I cannot say what I expect because I expected a lot from Hell and Holjes and nothing happened, so now I focus mainly on driving and myself and not on the result,” explained Szabo. 

The Audi S1 driver says he has worked to analyse where his events didn’t go to plan in Scandinavia. “In Norway the weekend started good, free practice was good but I had never been at that track before and I didn’t have the race rhythm in racing. At Holjes I don’t know what was wrong. I don’t blame the car, I don’t blame anyone else. I had some bad luck with the weather and technical issues, but Andreas (Bakkerud) had the same weather and he was leading the semis so definitely I made something wrong,” he said. “There is not one specific thing that was my mistake, there was a lot of small things together but it’s more a mental thing. I know what to work on, it won’t happen in one day but I hope it will have some results for the rest of the season.”

In the first four rounds of Szabo’s debut World RX season, the former Euro RX Super1600 driver battled for a place in the finals, and finished P4 in Abu Dhabi and P5 in Great Britain. So far, with four rounds to go, he is P10 in the Drivers’ Championship. “Apart from those two races (Norway and Sweden) I’m really enjoying it. The first four races were great. I was nearly always fighting for a final place so when I‘m in form and everything is together, I can be fast, which is good. I hope for the rest of the season the form from the beginning of the season will come back.”

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