Hungarian driver Norbert Michelisz won the 2019 WTCR World Touring Car Cup title
Michelisz was 17 years old when he started playing a racing simulator called Grand Prix Legends (GPL). He got the idea in his head that no matter how much practice it takes he will beat the first GPL world champion Gábor Wéber. Gábor was racing at the Zengő Motorsport at that time in WTCC.
Wéber recognized the talent and convinced Zoltán Zengő to give a chance and a real racecar to Michelisz. First he was racing a 100 BHP Opel Astra, then a 180 BHP Renault Clio. His results was enough to convince Zengő to work with him in the future. While racing with Zengő Motorsport which is a private racing team, Michelisz always had to watch out for the racecar, because a crash could meant the end of the current season.
Michelisz in his BMW racecar in WTCC
After a couple of years he found Honda as an official sponsor.
Michelisz in his Honda racecar in WTCC
Two years later he joined the Hyundai team in WTCR. This was a good choice, he learned a lot from his new team.
Michelisz in his Hyundai racecar in WTCR
It took a couple of years of hard work but it was worth it. He became a champion!
Norbert Michelisz, 2019 WTCR Champion
Fun fact: His Honda WTCC racecar can be found in the Forza 6 Apex game, his other racecars can be found in the Raceroom Racing Experience game.
More information about Norbert Michelisz: www.michelisz.hu/en/about-me