Norbert Michelisz, winner of the 2010 FIA WTCC Rookie Challenge and Race of Macau will line up on the grid with a BMW 320 TC in partnership with BMW Hungary. Zeng? Dension Team are planning to begin the season at the first European round in Zolder.
Zeng? Dension Team have acquired one of the former works BMW 320si racecars and entered Norbert Michelisz to the 2011 FIA WTCC. The car will be upgraded with the new 1.6 turbo engine which means that Michelisz will have the opportunity to line up on the grid with a BMW 320 TC. This is going to be the first season when the Hungarian driver will race a rear-wheel drive car but he said he expects to be a competitive force.
“I will need to adjust my mind and driving style for the rear-wheel drive but I can’t wait to race again. We have a lot work to do in order to get to know the car, but I’m confident that we will be able to make a big step forward especially in case we will be testing the car ahead the first race. If the circumstances allow me, I will try to take on the frontrunners. Hopefully I will bring happiness for my fans”, stated Michelisz.
Team Principal Zoltán Zeng? added that the arrival of the BMW 320 TC is a huge step and challenge for Zeng? Dension Team that he would like to see challenging for good results in 2011.
“In total only six or seven cars of this model will be ready for the start of the season and it is a huge success that such a small Hungarian team will have one of them. We made an enormous step towards realizing our ultimate aims. We have got a competitive car and I expect my team to be among the frontrunners.”
Michelisz’s BMW 320 TC will be prepared by multiple world champion FIA WTCC entry Team RBM. The Belgian outfit has managed BMW’s works race cars since the FIA WTCC was established and they will contribute with technical support before they hand over the car to Zeng? Dension Team.
This also means that Zeng? Dension Team decided against the participation on the season opener in Curitiba but preparations are ongoing to get ready for Round 2 in Zolder on the 24th of April.
New and remaining partners
Zeng? Dension Team welcome a new partner this season with BMW Group Hungary vowed to stand behind Norbert Michelisz’s campaign in the World Touring Car Championship. Managing Director Henning Putzke said they are happy to support the Hungarian driver’s ambitions beside their involvement in endurance racing with BMW Team Hungary.
“We are happy to support the team from the background with our contacts and know-how, also in logistics and administrative issues. Norbert Michelisz is a great talent and we hope to see him more often on the podium in 2011 so that the world can recognize the success of Hungarian motorsport”, said Putzke.
Norbert Michelisz added that he is proud that BMW Motorsport is paying emphasized attention for him and Zeng? Dension Team that is also supported by Dension, one of the leading manufacturers of car entertainment systems.
“Dension is proud to have had the opportunity to support Norbert Michelisz for the third year in a row. He and his team have proved that they are up to the challenge of racing at the international level and they are capable of winning. Dension is racing for its customers in more than 40 countries worldwide,” said Attila Szijj, Chief Executive Officer of Dension Audio Systems.
He added: “We are introducing our new products on a regular basis to make the use of mobile phones and entertainment devices safer and uninterrupted for the drivers. We celebrate our participation in the 2011 FIA WTCC with the release of two new products that will take the connection between the iPhone and the car to a whole new level.”
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