Michelisz eyes repeat podium at Brno

Norbert Michelisz believes another podium finish is possible at this weekend's World Touring Car Championship event at Brno

Michelisz eyes repeat podium at Brno

Michelisz, who took a second place in front of his home crowd at the Hungaroring last time out, feels confident that the BMWs can challenge the dominant Chevrolets at the Czech track, citing the 3-series' rear-wheel drive as a key advantage.

Having posted the fourth and seventh fastest times in free practice this morning, the Hungarian driver believes this advantage could produce a podium finish for the Zengo Dension team.

"My target is to finish one race on the podium," said Michelisz. "In terms of competitiveness, the BMW is not much less of a car than the Chevrolet is, so it's just up to the BMW drivers to get the most out of the car. I think the car is almost on the same level as the Chevrolets.

"Everyone is saying that this is a good circuit for the rear-wheel drive and I'm optimistic for the weekend. Before we came to the circuit, we knew the BMW would be competitive here. We were not on the limit [in free practice], but I don't think Chevrolet were on the limit either, so [the time difference] is realistic.

"In the second race I think if we are able to get a good strategy and get a good starting position, anything is possible. For sure, the BMW will be the fastest car on the circuit in the second half and if we can be in front of [Chevrolet] then it will be possible to stay ahead."

Michelisz was adamant, however, that potential wet weather during the races could harm his chances.

"It would be a disaster if it's going to rain today," he said. "I think it's still possible to be in the top 10 in the rain but it's more difficult to drive a rear-wheel drive car [in the wet]. It would be a shame. I would be happy if it stays dry, and then we would have a chance for a podium."

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