Circuit challenges of 2019 – Hungaroring
It has already become a tradition that ESET MMSR series always begins its new season at Hungaroring just east of Budapest, Hungary. And 2019 is no different, with the series visiting the worldwide known Hungaroring even twice. It hosts the season opener from 12th to 14 April and then the venue returns six months later for a season finale on a weekend from 11th to 13th November.
This circuit was an idea of the former boss of Formula 1 – Bernie Ecclestone – as he wanted to bring the pinnacle of motorsport behind the Iron Curtain. His visit in 1983 gave foundations to the plan to build a circuit. The construction itself began on 1st October 1985, with the first race being held in March the following year. In August 1986, it was a dream come true with the first-ever visit from Formula 1. A Brazilian named Nelson Piquet won the inaugural Hungarian GP with Williams, after a famous overtaking manoeuvre on Ayrton Senna in Lotus.
It was a success and the race has become very popular, especially in the Eastern Bloc – it was the only place to see the motorsport superstars. Hungary has had its own Grand Prix ever since, though the circuit itself has been modified several times to keep up with the modern standards.
The original track was 4,014 metres long, but the current layout is 304 metres longer, making it 4,318 metres in total. It offers 14 turns and has a capacity for 70,000 fans.
The ESET MMSR championship is heading to Hungaroring for the 7th time. Last year, there were many different winners on this circuit including Richard Chlad, Lubomír Jakubík, Josef Záruba, Bronislav Formánek, Bálint Hatvani, Marcin Jedlinski, Robert Šenkýř, Martin Ryba, Michal Makeš, Sebastian Kolakowski, Alfred Kramer, Stefan Kramer and Andreas Cola.