Heidorn leaves no illusion, first podium for Rogalski
• On June 1st-3rd the Hungaroring venue hosted the 3rd round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8
• Kris Heidron added two more wins to his output, while young Robin Rogalski completed
his first ever podium finish in the cup
• The Sunday rivalry brought many overtaking manouvers, changeable weather conditions,
safety car and eventually a red flag causing the race to end 10 minutes before schedule
The Hungaroring venue nearby Budapest hosted the 3rd round of the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup
during the first weekend of June. In the capital city of Hungary the best driver on the grid was once again
Kris Heidorn, who has already won 5 out of 6 races this season. After Sunday’s rivalry the Pole Robin
Rogalski was celebrating his first ever podium finish in the cup.
One of the main actors during the weekend in Budapest was the weather, which also affected the DTM
rivalry. Every few hours there was a real storm over the Hungarian venue and the Audi Sport Seyffarth
R8 LMS Cup competitors had a first chance to try their skills on wet track.
The first Friday practice session was held on dry conditions though and Kris Heidorn was the fastest
driver during the opener. In the 30 degrees Celsius heat second and third positions went to Csaba Mor
and Bartosz Paziewski, who is still the only driver to break Heidorn’s dominance. Vivien Keszthelyi,
who was competing in front of the home crowd took 4th, overtaking guest driver Jędrzej Szcześniak.
Second free practice session brought some unexpected results – this time it was Csaba Mor, another
guest driver from Hungary, who topped the timing sheets. Second place went to Bartosz Paziewski, third
to Vivien Keszthelyi, while the leader of the cup, Kris Heidorn, had to settle with 4th with only 0,2
seconds gap to first place. Jędrzej Szcześniak in a new car for him took 5th, overtaking Patrick
Schneider, Robin Rogalski, Mike Hesse, Guido Heinrich and Josef Marton Kovacs.
Saturday morning was the first time this season when all competitors could try out wet Hankook tires, as
the drivers began rivalry in the first qulifying session. The best in those uneasy conditions was Kris
heidorn, who overtook Csaba Mor and Bartosz Paziewski with a 1 second advantage. Further positions
were occupied by Jędrzej Szcześniak, Mike Hesse, Vivien Keszthelyi, Patrick Schneider and Robin
The leader of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup 2018 without any issues managed to exchange his pole
position for a fourth win this season, while second place overall and first in Rookie class went to Bartosz
Paziewski. The lowest step of the podium was occupied by Csaba Mor. 4 seconds later the chequered
flag was crossed by Vivien Keszthelyi, who overtook Robin Rogalski with a 5 seconds advantage. Mike
Hesse was sixth, and a guest driver Jędrzej Szcześniak took 7th. Top 10 was closed by Josef Marton
Kovacs, Patrick Schneider and Guido Heinrich.
No traces of water and rain were visible on Sunday morning when the whole grid began 2nd qualifying
session. Dynamic changes of weather wasn’t a problem for Kris Heidorn, who took second pole position
of the weekend and fifth of the season. Vivien Keszthelyi presented a superb pace taking second spot
before the Sunday race, while positions 3rd and 4th went to Csaba Mor and Bartosz Paziewski. Top 5
was completed by Jędrzej Szcześniak, who overtook Patrick Schneider, Mike Hesse and Robin Rogalski.
The second race at Hungaroring was probably one of the best during the first half of the Audi Sport
Seyffarth R8 LMS cup season. Just before all the drivers began their holiday break we witnessed a lot of
overtaking manouvers, rain, safety car and finally a red flag causing the race to end 10 minutes before
Kris Heidorn didn’t make any mistake and went for the 5th win of the season, while Vivien Keszthelyi
made a surprise for Hungarian fans finishing 2nd. Robin Rogalski also had reason to celebrate – he
finished 3rd, taking his maiden podium in the cup.
The plan for Audi R8 LMS Cup is to be organized for three years with an option of adding two more
seasons. In the season 2018 it will be always held in company of the prestigious DTM. The total cost of
participation is 150 000 euro. This amount is a total cost drivers need to take to race, including the
service of the car.
Quotes after the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup 3rd round on Hungaroring:
Kris Heidorn: – It was a very positive weekend for me. I had a good start for Sunday’s race, not as good as
on Saturday, but it was enough to stay before Vivien, who also did very well. My pace was stable and I had a
safe advantage over my rivals. Unfortunately, on the lap 8 it started to rain, we had a safety car period and
finally a red flag causing the race to end, which is ashame. But this is racing.
Vivien Keszthelyi: – Step by step I make progres and feel much better behind the wheel of Audi R8 LMS GT4
car. The second race, where I finished 2nd, was quite nervous – at the beginning I couldn’t find an optimal
pace and heat up the tires, but I did well enough and brought the result home. Thank you to my fans, family
and the whole Seyffarth Motorsport team for their effort.
Robin Rogalski: – It is something amazing! I ended today’s rivalry 3rd overall! It was a crazy and rainy day
in Budapest. I managed to overtake some more experienced drivers, keep my head cool when it began to rain,
and than I had a bit of necessery luck. It was an amazing end of the 1st half of the year. Thank you for your
Jędrzej Szcześniak: – I would like to say thank you to the organizers of the cup for the invitation. It was a
fantastic weekend, during which I earned a lot of experience and had great fun driving the car. The rivalry
was also on top level. I hope I will be able to come back here soon.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup 2018 calendar:
Round 1: 4-6.05 Hockenheimring
Round 2: 17-20.05 Lausitzring
Round 3: 1-3.06 Hungaroring
Round 4: 11-12.08 Brands Hatch
Round 5: 24 -26.08 Misano
Round 6: 7 -9.09 Nurburgring