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The summer starts with fiery red Ferraris at Balaton Park Circuit

The 2024 season of Hungary’s most modern racetrack started at the end of April, and only a few weeks after a very successful Laptiming Cup, Ferraris will fill up the garages of the pitlane at Balaton Park Circuit. The second round of this year’s Ferrari Challenge series will be held in Balaton Park, with some Hungarian talents to cheer for.

There are only a few brands in motorsport with a past of multiple decades, having put down their names in many different series. One of them is definitely Ferrari, which is among the most successful teams in Formula 1, the only one to be found on the grid without interruption since 1950, as well as a multiple winner of the Le Mans 24h.

Looking at such accomplishments, it’s no surprise that the brand started its own racing series in 1993, in which Ferrari owners can compete against each other on various racetracks around the world. There were events only in Europe in the first season, but the success of Ferrari Challenge is clearly shown by the fact that races were held also on other continents already in the second year. A European, a British, a North American and a Japanese series are all in existence nowadays and for the first time, the competitors of the European championship will come to Balaton Park this year. The season started in Mugello at the beginning of May, immediately with Hungarian success as Bence Válint won the second race of Trofeo Pirelli. The young talent started from 4th place and came in first, ahead of a former F1 driver, Timo Glock among other famous names.

One of the beauties of Ferrari Challenge is that fans can see professionals as well as amateurs racing against each other. The aforementioned Trofeo Pirelli is the most prestigious category, where new cars are used from this season. The Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO, used in the past three years is replaced by the Ferrari 296 Challenge. This model equipped with a 700 hp V6 engine giving a unique experience for fans for sure. The Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO will also be available for amateurs, making the spectacle even more colourful.

The racing weekend will start on 30th May with tests, followed by free practices on 31st. The event will be open for spectators from Saturday 1st July with the first qualifying and racing sessions. The participants of Coppa Shell will be the first to compete for the best starting positions, followed by Trofeo Pirelli (with Bence Válint) and Coppa Shell & 488 with another Hungarian, Tibor Válint in the field. The afternoon will be filled with races and a similar schedule is to be expected on Sunday 2nd June.

The standard of the series is perfectly shown by the fact that the competitors may reach the world finals, also known as the Finali Mondiali, through events held at such legendary venues as Mugello, Jerez in Spain, Paul Ricard racetrack in France and Nürburgring. So, we may expect exciting and tense races in all categories at Balaton Park Circuit at the beginning of June.

Bence Valint is coming to win at
Balaton Park Circuit

The season of Ferrari Challenge began a few weeks ago in Mugello, where a young Hungarian talent achieved great success. Bence Válint took a win and a second place in Italy, and is arriving as the championship leader to Balaton Park Circuit for the second race weekend on 1st and 2nd June.

Ferrari started its own series in 1993, where owners of the brand may compete against each other on various racetracks around the world. This is Ferrari Challenge, that will have a visit on Hungary’s newest and most modern track, Balaton Park Circuit in 2024. This will be the second race weekend of the year, after the season opener held at the beginning of May in Mugello.

Where 19 years old Bence Válint achieved great success in the strongest category, Trofeo Pirelli. Starting at the back of the grid, he came forward to second place in the first race, and won the second one ahead of former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock among other famous names. “That weekend was like a rollercoaster for me. We had quite a few problems in the first qualifying session, that’s why I had to start from the 23rd position. After that we had better luck and a very good car though, so I managed to reach a podium finish and a win. These results give me great confidence” – said Válint on the results in Mugello.

The young talent tried to develop further after the first race weekend by testing at Balaton Park Circuit, the venue of the second meeting in this year’s Ferrari Challenge calendar. He drove the Ferrari 296 Challenge, used in the series, and memorized the line of the track in a simulator. “We have a vision of how we need to set up the car. Balaton Park Circuit is a very technical track, but there will also be room for overtaking, so I am sure the fans will see very interesting races” – Válint summarized his opinion on the track.

Two qualification sessions and two races will be held in all categories of Ferrari Challenge at Balaton Park Circuit, so the fans will be able to see the professional drivers and the amateurs several times on the track. The Hungarian talent was clear on his goals: “Racing in Hungary in front of the home crowd will be a huge experience. I’d like to go for another win and take another step forward in the title race. I’m expecting great fights, especially with Luca Ludwig and Philip Baron. But this will be an unfamiliar track for everyone, and that may bring further excitement.”

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