Diabolical plans

Diabolical plans

Zoltán Bessenyey, two-time 2WD rally European Champion, seeking new challenges set out to become the top contender driving a two-wheel vehicle in one of this year’s rally series.

Of all the FIA continental rally championships, the European series have always been the most outstanding. There were times, when it comprised over 50 events,. This unmanagable quantity was later assorted, and the events and achievable scores were ranked using defferent multipliers. Taking a lion’s share out of the whole bunch of events, the ERC emerged to live a life of its own under the aegis of Eurosport Events, the 2WD branch of which being ruled by Zoltán for the past two years. However the FIA didn’t completely let go of the European rally, and for this purpose created the FIA European Rally Trophy series within its own ranks, which is also a series ranked using multipliers, to which Bessenyey „transfered” this year. Zoltán’s decision was followed by a significant restructuring of the team. Thanks to the support of the domestic leading energy drink maker HELL, he joined the ranks of the HELL Racing Team, and with the help of Renault’s domestic importer and further sponsors, he was provided a brand new CLIO R3T race car. This brilliant little racing machine was built and provided to Zoltán by thedistinguished 2Brally Team from Poland, reaccompanied by his old co-driver György Papp, to dictate the road map. Although the new technology took a lot of getting used to, and having to process newer and newer unknown race sites didn’t exactly make their marching easier, the Hungarian duo finished all their events successfully, scoring points. The Bessenyey/Papp duo was able to participate only in 6 out of the 13 races of the ERT Trophy, nevertheless it proved to be sufficient to reach their target, and close the season as the top 2WD contenders of the series. The appeal of the otherwise truly magnificent cake at the annual closing ceremony was further boosted by the shiny medal acquired for their performance in the Central-Europe Zone Trophy.

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