Hungaroring Classic 2019

Hungaroring Classic Budapest 2019

Friday 12th July – Sunday 14th July 2019 – Hungaroring Circuit, Hungary

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Introduction

Never before had an international historic meeting been held on a Central European circuit. Peter Auto did it in 2017. By bringing together 150 racing cars, 700 collector cars and more than 20,000 spectators the inaugural staging of the Hungaroring Classic was an historic success!

This meeting is again a special one in the 2019 calendar. Most of Peter Auto events are a rare opportunity to witness iconic cars racing on the well-known tracks associated with their glory days, such as Le Mans, Spa or Monza. This one is different! Budapest did not feature on the international championship circuit until relatively recently. No endurance, GT or single-seater races were held here until the late eighties. For Hungarian fans, this event is an eye-opener!

The circuit may not be world-famous and steeped in history, but the undulating “old-style” layout with grass verges is the perfect setting for the sort of show we like to stage. Of course, a gem of a city nearby only adds to the attraction. Competitors and fans revel in the delights of Budapest, the pearl of the Danube, its majestic buildings and famous thermal baths.

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Entry Lists

Group C Racing CER1 CER2
2.0l Cup Endurance Legends Greatest Trophy
Touring Cup Sixties Endurance

Hungaroring Classic  12th-14th July 2019 – Event Report Jon Bunston

Just 20km from Budapest and in the sleepy countryside around Mogyoród, lies the 70,000 capacity Hungaroring, home to the first Formula One Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain. Construction work on this new circuit started on 1 October 1985 and was completed for the first race held on 24 March 1986, less time than any other Formula One circuit.

Fast forward 33 years and the biennial Hungaroring Classic event is the pre cursor for the Hungarian F1 GP, but this weekend the Budapest circuit pulsated to the rhythm of historic cars, as the fourth round of the Peter Auto Series arrived in town.

After it’s first staging in 2017, this year’s event proved again to be very popular with 45,000spectators, 179 participants, 170 cars entered & 780 vehicle local clubs who flocked to the track to admire the cars racing in the seven regular Peter Auto grids.

It was pleasing to note, that despite the greater travel commitment than other European circuits, the entry numbers, whilst down on similar events, were up on 2017 a point not lost on the promoter, circuit or spectators.

With a mostly Hungarian flavour the car clubs included Trabants, Wartburgs and DKWs made in East Germany and of course the traditional Ladas from Russia, providing a unique display not seen at other circuits. With Music, Vintage clothing and Bunny Girls, the paddock had a real carnival atmosphere.

The 4.38 km Hungaroring circuit is a tortuously twisty roller-coaster with 14 corners following in quick succession, making the layout slow, narrow and bumpy.  So for many unfamiliar with the circuit, their driving skills would be tested across the nine races …and that was without the weather. The forecasts were for heavy downpours, with sunshine and for once they were right, making qualifying a mixed bag. However when the sun shone, it was glorious.

Group C Racing
As with 2017 there were only 9 entries in this premiere grid, with cost of travel and clashes with other events being cited. However this did not dampen the Hungarian spectators who rarely have the opportunity to see these iconic cars and the viewpoints were rammed during both qualifying and racing.

With the two XJR8’s of Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins, the Nissan R90CK of Pierre-Alain France and the oh so quick Spice SE89C of Mike Wrigley, they knew, despite the numbers, exciting racing was on the cards.

They would not be disappointed with not only close racing but extremely tight finishes in both races.

Qualifying for race one was badly affected by the heavy downpours and it was the very brave Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins who set the tone, but the drying track quickly brought the rest of the field out.

Race 1
The# 14 Leyton House liveried Porsche 962CK of Philippe Scemama was terminal after qualifying, so a grid of 8 cars rolled down the straight into the bumpy T1. The pole #82 Porsche 962 of Michel LeCourt was jumped by #27 Nissan R90CK of Pierre –Alain France who was able to keep the lead until l lap 4, before being overtaken by the #65 Spice SE89C of Mike Wrigley on lap 5.

Tony Sinclair in the #85 Spice SE90C moved in second but was now being chased own by #82 Porsche before finally  being passed on lap 19

Despite setting fasted lap on lap 4 Allard Kallf in the #10 Spice SE92 could only stay out until lap 14 before retiring

Mechanical difficulties saw the #27  Nissan drop down to 7th and bringing up the rear at race end.

Narac in the #82 continued to hunt down Wrigley with some really close racing to finish a remarkable 0.686 secs behind at the end

Of the two Jaguar XJR8’s Richard Miens #61 Meins just had the legs over regular racer Shaun Lynn in the #3 Lynn

Race 2
Despite a close second in race 1the #82 Porsche 962C was unable to make the grid, so 7 starters on yet another sunny dry race.

Allard Kalff in the Denon liveried #10 Spice SE92 set the pace with #27 Nissan R90CK and #65 Spice SE89C in tow quickly followed by Tony Sinclair, Richard Meins, Shaun Lynn and Hans-Jorg Hubner.

Positions were maintained  until lap 5 when the #3 Jaguar pulled off.

With the gap down to 0.4 sec # 27 of France took lead on Lap 9 but with pit stop and driver changes it was Michel Campagne in the #10 Spice back in lead. However by lap 21 #27 Erwin France was back in front and it looked like the top 3 was now settled.

However Mike Wrigley was on another charge, overtaking Campagne on penultimate lap before getting right up behind #27 Nissan in the final corners and the race ended with  only a 0.292 sec gap at finish….who said group C isn’t exciting racing?

Michel Campagne in #10 Spice just survived a late challenge by #85 Obermaier Spice SE90C of Tony Sinclair to finish 3rd

Once again Hans-Jorg Hubner was on the podium in the Class £ in his Kenwood liveried Porsche 962C

Mike Wrigley extended his lead in the Group C Championship, with Tony Sinclair only 11 points behind and 4 races left

CER 1
For the first of the Classic Endurance races, the 33 entry grid contained a great selection of cars including 12 Porsche, 8 Chevrons & 11 Lolas. Missing were some of the GT40 seen previous races, but probably not the best choice for this circuit. The immaculately turned #12 Porsche 917 of Claudio Roddaro and the #48 Porsche 908 of Peter Vogele were rear favourites with the paddock crowds.

Pole sitter Maurizio Bianco in the #67 Chevron B19 fell back to 3rd by the end of lap 1 after being passed by the colourful Lola T70 #7 of Swiss regular Tony Seiler and #26 Alexander Furiani in another Chevron B19.

Seiler held on to the lead until  lap 9 before being over taken by the #12 Porsche 917 of Claudio Roddaro which was moving up from 10th on the grid and was clearly finding the twisty track more to it‘s liking than the T70

From lap 14 the constant battle between #67  the two Chevron B19’s of #26 Furiani and #67 Bianco who finally pulled past on lap 15.

The Porsche 917 finished the race 17.9 secs ahead of Alexander Furiani in the Chevron and Seiler taking 3rd spot in the Lola T70.

It was a race of attrition with only 21 finishers and #67 being pushed further back with a 22 sec penalty

CER 2
A lower than usual 15 car grid had made the journey and after a dry qualifying session Swiss driver Maxime Guenat took pole in his #50 Lola 286 with a lead of 2.86 secs  over countrymen  #600 Yves Scemama  in Lola T600 and #52 Yves Scemama in the TOJ SC304.

#1 Beat Eggimann in the very quick Cheetah G601 was 4th & #39 Christophe Van Reit TOJ SC204 5th on the grid followed by the BMW M1’s of Peter Muelder and Guenther Schindler. The fantastically turned out Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo of Franco Meiners was back in 10th.

It was a dry race and by lap 1 the Lola has lost the lead to #52 Yves Scemama and dropped to 3rd behind the other Lola #600 of Philippe Scemama.

Finding the right gear he was back past #600 by lap 3 & had quickly overtaken # 52 on lap 5. Building up a 40 sec lead to the end it was a solid race for Lola 296.

As P.Scemma becomes more familiar with the car, the T600 is starting to show how quick it could be.  Pulling out 10 sec lead by lap 6 over the very quick Beat Eggiman in the #1 Cheetah, who was never a threat and retained  4th spot

With all the action in the top 3 cars it was no surprise the fastest lap of 1:50:647 was taken by the Lola 296.

2.0 litre Cup
A pleasing 25 entries reflected desire for drivers to experience the Hungaroring at its best

Despite the very wet conditions during free practice on Friday, many of the cars went out before it became too difficult and took the opportunity to test the conditions.

Luckily qualifying on Saturday was dry and sunny and this reflected in the top 3 positions being taken by the elite drivers.

Again a dry race #75 Simon Evans on pole and by lap 6 had pulled out a 3 secs advantage over # 64 Andrew Smith, building to 8.6 secs lap 19.

With driver changes , James Littlejohn  continued to hold the lead until lap 21 before being passed by Oliver Bryant #64 & #72 Harvey Stanley.

#72 Stanley pulled past Bryant on lap 22 which he held until lap 36 before loosing out to Bryant and then Sumpter at the end of this 90 min race

Mark Sumpter #77 fell back 2 places to 4th by lap 2 but by lap 23 had fought back to a 3rd place finish just 7.5 secs behind Bryant.

With more penalties than an England match, 7 cars were affected as a result of Pit Stop infringements and Track limits.

Heritage Touring Cup
This series produces some wonderfully prepared cars  and an excellent grid of 22 entries making the long journey, it was again going to be a battle between the BMW 3.0 CSL’s  of #40 Michael Erlich and #25 Christian Traber and the Capris of Yves Vogele, Guenther Schindler & Yvan Mahe

Around the twisting and undulating track was going to even out the grid and after qualifying if felt everyone in the top 10 was in with a chance.

Another Dry race with Maxime Guenat having another pole with his #50 Capri 3100RS and a full 1 second ahead of Erlich’s BMW. He must have felt the disappointment when technical problems meant he didn’t make the grid. So would it be another domination by the BMW’s?

By first corner the #60 Capri 3100RS Yvan & Guillaume Mahle was in front followed by Capris 2600RS # 52 Yves Scemama  and #162 Guenther Schindler. Michale Erlich’s BMW #40 was on the bumpers.

It took only another 2 laps before #40 had hit the front and the then seen previously, dominated the rest of the race.

Christian Traber #25 BMW stayed in touch with the leaders and by lap 6 was in third. With the Capris falling off the track (#162 lap 3, #60 lap 10) it was the BMW’s back in control and with Traber now pushing hard from second. The race was red flagged at lap 18 with Erlich winning with a 1.8 sec gap over #25 Traber.1.8 secs

#14 Capri 2600RS of Yves Vogele which started 7th played a consistent race and remained in touch with 25 throughout taking a well deserved  3rd place and only 5.8 secs adrift

Sixties Endurance

Extremely wet qualifying evened out the lap times but the front was always going to be dominated by the Shelby Cobras, with the top 5 grid positions taken up with the Cobras’

With 37 entries the 2 hour race was led by the Cobras.

James Cottingham #121 leapt passed pole sitter #72 Richard Cook on lap 1, building up a 20 second lead by lap 15,

which he maintained until 27 when Blakney-Edward regained after pit stop.

By lap 33 he was back in the lead which he maintained until the end of the 50 lap race.

The #52 of Mahe/Scemama was closing down #53 France in the 1964 Cobra, before passing on lap 42 and taking third place.

In GT2 class #268 Porsche 904 of Van Duuvendijk/Pandelaar started 6th on grid and despite dropping back to 13th were able to move back to P6 by lap 40 and race end for the class win.

In GT4 class# 5 Jaguar E Type 3.8 of Beaumont/Maverick started 20th on grid, by lap 5 to 10th and continued a steady race through pit stop and a P7 finish and their class win.

Results were affected by 7 cars receiving 10 penalties mainly around track limits.

Greatest’s Trophy
The 3 powerful cars with experienced drivers dominated both races #45 1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia TZ, #58 1964 Porsche 904 & #52 1965 Bizzarrini 5300GT

Race 1 was wet with testing conditions for these glorious cars

Yves Vogele #58 Porsche started on pole and dominated from start to finish with 55 secs ahead of Mueler/Traber  #52.

Carlo Vogele  in the white Guilia TZ #45 was able to fend off the Bizzarrini only until lap 3 but was overtaken and positions remained the same to race end.

A worthy 4th place for #63 Roderick Jack in the silver 1960 Ferarri 250SWB

Guillermo Fierro in the 1957 #161 Masterati  300S moved from 6th to 4th by lap 3 but was too far behind to make any in roads into top 3

From 13 starters, 11 finished.

Race 2 was dry but the #9 1964 Guilia TZ of Alain Vogele was unable to make the grid

This was very much a repeat of race 1 with top 3 cars taking the slots

In the dry it was a much closer race with #58 Porsche able to hold off the pressure from #45 until lap 13 with only 6.2 secs at the finish, it was good clean racing at its best.

12 starters 11 finishers

RACE RESULTS

GROUP C RACING
Race 1

  1. WRIGLEY – SPICE SE89C 1989
  2. LECOURT/NARAC –PORSCHE 962C 1990
  3. SINCLAIR – SPICE SE90C 1990

Fastest Lap KALFF  1:45.343

Race 2

  1. FRANCE/FRANCE – NISSAN R90CK 1990
  2. WRIGLEY – SPICE SE89C 1989
  3. CAMPAGNE/KALFF –SPICESE92 1992

Fastest Lap KALFF  1:45.860

CLASSIC ENDURANCE RACING 1

  1. RODDARO – PORSCHE 917 1969
  2. FURIANI – CHEVRON B19 1971
  3. SEILER – LOLA T70 Mk3 1968

Fastest Lap FURIANI 1:56.329

CLASSIC ENDURANCE RACING 2

  1. GUENAT – LOLA T 286 1976
  2. Y SCEMAMA – TOJ SC 304 1976
  3. P SCEMAMA –LOLA T600 1981

Fastest Lap GUENAT 1:50.647

2.0 litre Cup

  1. SMITH / BRYANT – Porsche 911
  2. SUMPTER – Porsche 911
  3. COOK/STANLEY – Porsche 911

Fastest Lap SMITH 2:17.143

HERITAGE TOURING CUP

  1. ERLICH – BMW 3.0 CSL 1975
  2. TRABER – BMW 3.0 CSL 1975
  3. Y VOGELE – FORD Capri 2600 RS 1972

Fastest Lap ERLICH 2:02.740

THE GREATEST’S TROPHY
Race 1

  1. Y VÖGELE – PORSCHE 904/6 1964
  2. MUELDER/TRABER – BIZZARRINI 5300 GT 1965
  3. C VÖGELE – ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ 1964

Fastest Lap Y VÖGELE 2:38.766
Race 2

  1. C VÖGELE – ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ 1964
  2. Y VÖGELE – PORSCHE 904/6 1964
  3. MUELDER/TRABER – BIZZARRINI 5300 GT 1965

Fastest Lap Y VÖGELE 2:15.821

SIXTIES’ ENDURANCE

  1. COTTINGHAM/SMITH – SHELBY COBRA 289 1964
  2. COOK/BLAKENEY-EDWARDS – SHELBY COBRA 289 1964
  3. Y MAHE/Y SCEMAMA – SHELBY COBRA 289 1963

Fastest Lap COTTINGHAM 2:09.488