Hideg: “Irish tarmac is something else!”
Last week, the best European rally crews took part in Circuit of Ireland Rally, one of the most unique rally events in the world. Extremely demanding stages and breathtaking scenery saw Craig Breen take overall victory ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Josh Moffett.
According to many drivers, Irish stages were traditionally tough and tricky, especially in close battles such as the one for the victory in the ERC2 category. Hungarian crew Krisztian Hideg – Istvan Kerek scored an impressive win, beating Vojtech Štajf and David Botka. This was Hideg’s first visit to Ireland and he said Irish stages really presented a unique challenge even to him, an experienced tarmac rally specialist.
“I am a full specialist asphalt driver, but the Irish stages are very difficult and we are very happy with our result.”
“I am very happy, because the fruit of our work got in. There was a really hard and serious competition in North-Ireland, it tested the competitors and the rally cars too. We prepared well and had good information about the stages. I am disabled, my legs are paralyzed, so that is why the stages in the centre of Belfast were harder for me, because I could not break so fast. Still, we could keep our advantage, so on Saturday, the only thing we had to do was keep it safe. Well, at the end of the last stage, we had a brake problem, but it did not keep us from the victory. I am very thankful for my co-driver, our service team and partners! It was a real teamwork!” – said Krisztián Hideg.