Chlad crowned as a champion after winning opening GT Sprint race
Richard Chlad jr. dominated the opening Sprint race for GT and TC categories at Hungaroring and he can now celebrate his new championship title. He won the race ahead of Samuel Sládečka, who finished 1st in GTC category, and Bronislav Formánek. József Merk took a victory in TC-3500 category.
It all began quite well for Richard Chlad jr., who took the overall pole position in Friday‘s qualifying session, dedicated to GT and TC categories. The GT3 class leader set the fastest time that was 0.9 seconds faster than his nearest competitor Samuel Sládečka, who joined Chlad jr. in the front row as the best qualifier in the GTC category. Libor Milota started from 3rd place.
However, Milota did not enjoy much of the racing. He had to retire from the race after just two corners following a collision with one of the competitors. That also brought out the Safety Car.
It was a moment to celebrate for Chlad jr. The GT2 Motorsport driver was the only one who could threaten Chlad jr.‘s in the championship standings. And it meant that the Czech driver was already a champion at the beginning of the race.
But that did not change anything for him. Chlad jr. stayed fully focused and kept his pace even after the Safety Car left the track. He won the race by 7 seconds in the end.
Samuel Sládečka also put together a great performance, just like in qualifying. He took a victory in the GTC category and made his championship position even stronger in comparison to his rival Bronislav Formánek, who finished the race in 3rd place.
Formánek‘s teammate Libor Dvořáček finished in 4th position in the overall standings but he took the 3rd and final podium place in the GTC category. Gregor Zsigo then finished 2nd in the GT3 standings.
The TC-3500 category was all about home drivers. József Merk crossed the finish line as the winner ahead of Csaba Tóth and Gábor Kismarty-Lechner.