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Hungaroring GT Open Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 03, 2014 - 01:38 PM
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Hungaroring GT Open Preview


The International GT Open is approaching the half-season mark: the fourth round, scheduled this weekend at the Hungaroring, already represents the end of the first half of the season. On the F.1 track in the outskirts of Budapest, Joel Camathias prepares for a hot weekend, as forecasts point to temperatures above 30° Celsius on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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The Swiss driver, at the wheel of the Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 R shared with Matteo Beretta, has collected three podium finishes in the last three races, having finished third once at Portimão and twice at Jerez. The objective is to continue improving and to be soon in a position to climb the last steps of the rostrum. The good results also mean that the Swiss-Italian pair is now fourth in the provisional standings, where they are also the best placed non-Ferrari drivers, only nine points away from the lead.

Joel Camathias:
“I’m happy to be back at Hungaroring, a circuit I like although not an easy one. It’s a very technical track, where finding the ideal set-up is very challenging. You rather look for the least bad compromise in terms of set-up. As known, it is also a circuit where overtaking is almost impossible, which means that it is crucial to qualify well and try to gain positions at the start. Usually, during summer time, temperatures and humidity are very high, making racing challenging also from a physical point of view. But it is all this that makes the Hungaroring attractive, and it is always a pleasant trip also because a wonderful city like Budapest is so close. Together with Autorlando, the Porsche and Matteo, we are certainly on a positive trend, we keep growing at every outing and the objective is to continue doing so. We’ll see how the things will go in Hungary, keeping in mind that the good results have also brought some handicap in seconds to be served during the pit stops. We are not badly placed in the standings, but it is too early to think about the championship position. First we need to gain in competitiveness, but if that happens, the second part of the season will certainly be very exciting.”


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