Michelisz Pleased With Double Points On BMW Debut


Zengo Dension Team driver Norbert Michelisz finished his first two races driving a BMW in the World Touring Car Championship in seventh and eighth positions at Zolder in Belgium.

Despite suffering from a lack of power steering towards the end of Race 1, the Hungarian brought his BMW 320 TC home in seventh place. With the team needing to resolve the power steering problem they took the car out of parc ferme conditions between the two races, meaning he started Race 2 from the pit lane. Despite this he fought his way through to finish eighth. He also finished both of the races on the podium for the Yokohama Trophy.

“These were the hardest races of my life,” said Michelisz. “Today I couldn't pay a lot of attention to the behaviour of the car; I could only aim for being able to keep the steering wheel in my hands because of the high vibration. For Race 2 the guys repaired the power steering with a fantastic effort but at the beginning it was still difficult to turn the wheel.

This was the maximum that we could extract from today but I'm very happy that we could save a few points both in the overall classifications and the Yokohama Drivers' Trophy.”