Hungarian Krisztian Szabo had a successful debut with his new team GRX Set at the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship season start at Höljes in Sweden.
Szabo missed out a full-season seat in the World RX after his debut season with EKS last year and during the ‘silly season’ the rumours started to circulate that Szabo would be driving the third Hyundai i20 for the GRX team this season.
Szabo was selected to enter with the team for the two-first rounds at Höljes with possible more outings this season.
In his first race of the season Szabo showed that he has the pace in the new car as claimed the first heat win of the season.
Throughout the weekend, Szabo claimed further heat wins, leading the multiple European Super 1600 Rallycross champion to say he was very comfortable in the car but was lacking in confidence.
Szabo managed to set himself highest up of the Hyundai drivers in the intermediate standings on the second round that took place on Sunday. He managed to progress to the semi-final both days but received a five seconds penalty for hitting a track marker on Sunday, despite this Szabo showed that he could be one of the underdog wildcards for the season.
“I feel very satisfied with my weekend at Holjes. I did my best to adapt to the car, I was able to keep a steady pace and fight for positions. For sure a Final would have been nice, but I take it step by step, I learn from Timur and Niclas and the experienced team around me,” Szabo said.