*Hungarian team begins European championship bid on Barum Czech Rally Zlín
*Youngster Miklós Csomós registers for ERC3 points
*Adding additional Hyundai i20 R5s to existing fleet targeted for 2019
Top Hungarian team LPWM Sport will make its debut in the FIA European Rally Championship on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week – and has big plans to expand its ERC involvement in 2019.
Budapest-based LPWM Sport will field a PEUGEOT 208 R2 for young Hungarian Miklós Csomós in ERC3 in Czech Republic with further appearances planned this year and next, albeit as an ever-present.
While LPWM Sport is a relatively new entity, it’s made up of a number of rally professionals with more than 20 years of experience in the sport.
“We are absolutely planning to be on more ERC rallies,” said Levente Kazinczky, Technical Manager of LPWM Sport Kft. “In the next few weeks we will start to design a programme for the next ERC season. I believe that if we want to become to a well-known team we must compete in the European championship and we must show that our team is working professionally and we are able to prepare rally cars to a high technical level. Of course a good driver with the potential to win is very important but the foundations need to be right in order to succeed. I have no doubt it will be a hard mission to build up a team that works well in all areas but we are already hard at work to achieve this.”
In addition to its PEUGEOT 208 R2, LPWM Sport’s fleet of rally cars includes a Hyundai i20 R5. “This is our flagship car at the moment and is currently available to hire for championship campaigns or single events,” Kazinczky explained. “For the next season we are planning to buy two new i20 R5 cars.”
Of Csomós, LPWM Sport’s first ERC signing, Kazinczky has high hopes. “In my opinion he is a very talented young driver. Until now he was competing mostly in the Hungarian championship and he won many rallies, sometimes with significant good stage times compared to the other drivers. In view of all this we are optimistic for a good result in Zlín, even if we know that this is a much harder task than winning a national championship event, chiefly because all the stages are new for him.”
LPWM Sports heads to Zlín on the back of a run of success. It won ISEUM Szombathely Rallye with Frigyes Turán and was leading the TAXI4 Székesfehérvár Rallye until a puncture dropped Turán to third. More recently, MSZ Racing’s Simon Vallentin – an ERC aspirant – drove LPWM’s Hyundai i20 R5 to second place on the Komo Rallysprint event in Denmark.
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