Home favourite Attila Tassi will headline the duo of Liqui Moly Team Engstler drivers hungry to get back on track when the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup heads to Hungary this weekend.
Following the decision to call off the two races during the Race of Germany weekend at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on safety grounds, the Hungaroring event marks the second round proper of the 2022 season.
It is also the first in a run of five WTCR rounds in the space of nine weekends as part of a packed European leg of the season.
The 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring is a circuit at which the Civic Type R TCR has traditionally been strong, though expectations are being tempered by the fact that the car is set to carry the maximum 40kg compensation weight.
That is based on its performance in the Pau season opener, despite points being awarded for qualifying - the session that influences the compensation weight - at the Nürburgring, where the best Type R TCR was eighth fastest.
LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler driver Attila is looking for a clean weekend to get his season on track.
The Hungarian, who showed impressive speed both in Pau and at the Nürburgring, made his WTCR debut at his home venue in 2018 and a year earlier won twice at the track in a Civic Type R TCR in the TCR International Series.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro was also a winner at the Hungaroring in 2017, driving a JAS Motorsport-built Civic WTCC to first place in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Like Attila, Tiago is in search of a consistent weekend as he looks to move up the points table.
Attila Tassi, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler:
"Racing in front of your home crowd doesn't necessarily bring more pressure, but it definitely provides extra motivation as you want to perform at your best level, so it will be great to see a lot of spectators this weekend. I haven't won in the WTCR at the Hungaroring yet, but I did in TCR International, also in a Honda Civic Type R TCR, and the reaction was amazing. It was a special feeling to win my first WTCR race last year, so I cannot imagine what it would be like at home. It won't be easy but I believe it is something we can target."
Tiago Monteiro, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler:
"After a tricky weekend in Pau and the difficult decisions that had to be taken at the Nürburgring, it would be great to kick-start our season with a good performance at the Hungaroring this weekend. That said, we know it’s not going to be especially easy considering the compensation weight the car has compared to the rest. This weekend is part of a bit of a crazy run of race weekends coming up in quick succession, so it’s important to start that as well as possible in order to carry the momentum through in the coming weeks. Our motivation is higher than ever and we want to continue our learning process with LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler and the car."