Second round of the Open Hungarian Cross-Country Rally Championship, CélTrans’97-Rábaköz Cup will be organised in Himod, Hungary on 24-26 May, 2013. Beside the Hungarian Championship, the event is second round of the Central European Zone Trophy (CEZ) and first round of the Czech Cross-Country Rally Championship.
In the Rábaköz area cross-country rally has its traditions, but this year’s event will bring a lot of novelties. Headquarters of the rally, start ceremony and prizegiving will be in Himod, while the tracks will include eleven settlements ((Himod, Dénesfa, Cirák, Gyóró, Hövej, Vitnyéd, Kisfalud, Mihályi, Vadosfa, Beled, Fertőendréd).
Those who visit the tracks during the weekend are expected to see a large and prestigious field, as beside the Hungarian and Czech Championships CélTarns’97-Rábaköz Cup will be also round of the Central European Zone Trophy (CEZ). For last year’s runner-up at Silk Way Rally, Balázs Szalay this will be the only home event this year, defending Hungarian champion Károly Fazekas will debute in Himod with his brand new (and very spectacular) BMW X6, local ace Imre Fodor, who returned to racing after four years absense at Toolimpex Cup last month will again field an Overdrive Toyota Hilux, just to mention a few names.
But Hungarian drivers are going to face tough challengers, as current leader of the Hungarian Championship and the CEZ, Polish ski jumping legend Adam Malysz will also be at the start line, together with last year’s runner-up in the World Cup, Czech Miroslav Zapletal and former World Cup podium finisher Lukasz Komornicki from Poland.