Fifteen years old Vivien Keszthelyi came to a jubilee of her carreer on Sunday at Pannonia Ring, where she stood on the podium for the 50th time on her 50th race.
The member of the Audi Sport Racing Academy participated in the Hungarian Touring Car Championship’s actual round on the race track next to Sárvár with three qualifying sessions, three races and extreme hot weather during the weekend.
Vivien Keszthelyi started with number 77 in this weekend, because she entered to the race together with the participants of the highest category and there already were a number 7 car.
The weekend started with three free practices on Thursday, and continued with a free practice, a qualifying session and a sprint race on Friday. Another qualifying was held on Saturday, with the race on Sunday. The last qualifying and race was on Sunday afternoon.
The intensive program was alone a big challenge for the driver, the car and the tyres. Vivien Keszthelyi tests a predetermined tyre compound through the whole season, but this compound wasn’t perfectly fit the Pannonia Ring.
Therefore the young driver needed to deal with the differences between the engine power of the various racing cars and she had some handicap because of the tyres, but she did a great job and stood on the podium in each race.
It is a decision that Vivien Keszthelyi races this year against some more powerful cars which use another tyre compound, because this is a bigger challenge for her. It is also a good opportunity for the young driver in her preparation for the possibilities regarding the next season.
The Suzuki Swift Cup 1.6 liter cars also raced during this weekend at Pannonia Ring and nobody drove faster than the lap record which is held by Vivien Keszthelyi since 2015.
The member of Audi Sport Racing Academy won all three qualifying sessions and races in her own category and in the absolute ranking she was twice second and once third behind a Porsche 997 GT3 and in a big fight with a Lotus Exige V6 Cup R.
The next races of the series will be held on 19-21 August at Slovakiaring.