Tue 18 Jun 2024

Former Hungarian champion to make World RX debut at Nyirád

Former Hungarian Rallycross Champion Jankó Wieszt will join the FIA World Rallycross Championship grid for his home event at Nyirád next month (27-28 July), racing a car not seen in the sport’s top-flight since 2021.

The son of 1995 Hungarian Rally Champion Janos Wieszt, the younger Wieszt inherited the motorsport bug from his father and began racing go-karts at the age of nine, going on to claim titles on both the domestic and international stage.

Following a two-year hiatus, the Pilisvörösvár native stepped up to cars in rallycross – the perfect discipline for the rising star, who had always relished sliding his go-kart around in wet conditions. In the Hungarian Championship’s headlining Supercar category, Wieszt Jnr piloted a 15-year-old Mitsubishi Lancer EVO III to third place outright in his maiden campaign in the dual-surface discipline in 2014.

The next season, he wound up fourth, driving a SEAT Leon and Škoda Fabia in alternate events and winning a number of times along the way. Wieszt improved to second in 2016, before clinching the crown at Super1600 level a year later.

After another break from competition, the 29-year-old rejoined the track in 2022. Having acquired a pair of Renault Mégane RS RX Supercars – originally developed by Prodrive for GCK to run during the 2018 World RX campaign – he and his father entered the final two rounds of the British Rallycross Championship’s 5 Nations Trophy at Lydden Hill last season under the ‘Impossible RX Team’ banner.

In a high-calibre field that included two-time British Champion Patrick O’Donovan, former World RX event-winner Sebastian Eriksson and European front-runner Mikko Ikonen, Wieszt Jnr reached the rostrum on the second day, and he is now preparing to embark upon his next challenge on home soil at Nyirád as he tackles World RX’s new ‘Battle of Technologies’.

“I’m really looking forward to making my World Championship debut,” he enthused. “I entered the Nürburgring event back in 2020, but then it was cancelled due to Covid. Now my car is compatible for World RX again, I’m ready and looking forward to racing against the best rallycross drivers around.

“The story of how we acquired the Méganes is quite an unusual one. We went to GCK to discuss buying one of them, but I received a funny question from them and – long story short – we ended up buying two!

“It’s so exciting to be able to compete at my home track in Hungary’s first-ever World Rallycross Championship event, although it’s difficult to set goals because I’ve only driven the Mégane for around 90km, and I’ve probably not driven more than 150km in total in rallycross cars since 2017! Of course it will be a big challenge, as I’ll be going up against the very best drivers in the discipline, but I want to have fun – that’s my main objective.”

Images: Kristóf Kotán

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