Swift Cup Europe champion Bendegúz Molnár to race in 'The Bandit Big Rig Series'
The one-time Hungarian and two-times European winner of Swift Cup Europe (SCE) series, Bendegúz Molnár was announced as OXXO Hungary Truck Racing Team’s driver for the 2019 European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) campaign in November 2018. But the project became even more silent during the winter.
Although, his MAN truck was exhibited in Auto Motor and Tuning Show (AMTS) in Budapest earlier this year, the team was not presented on the official entry list published at the end of April. OXXO Hungary Truck Racing Team also missed ETRC’s season opener in Misano.
Finally, Bendegúz Molnár revealed that he will not race in European Truck Racing Championship temporarily.
“First, I would like to say thanks to OXXO Racing Team for the referral of being their driver in 2019 ETRC season. The contract was valid until the beginning of the season depending on whether the team can secure the proper conditions for taking part in the European championship. Unfortunately, it had been failed, so the contract was terminated, and it is unlikely to continue together. Nevertheless, due to the uncertainty, I needed another solution,” Molnár told the Hungarian Braking News Motorsport.
The alternative was the American truck racing series, The Bandit Big Rig Series. He started the season on a high note: with winning on his debut at Mobile (and earning the $10,000 money prize) and taking 3rd place at Myrtle Beach, he is the current leader of the overall standings.
“With my Team Principle, Egon Burkus, I was looking for a direction to not to start truck racing from the basics for the case if we can still manage to race in ETRC because we would not have been enough time for testing. The American opportunity is secured by Caesar’s Truck Racing Team and GFS Racing Team. I am so grateful to them.”
“The American series is quite different compared to the European one because we race on oval circuits, but the truck is like that one which is used in ETRC. Thanks to the flawless, competitive truck given by Caesar’s Truck Racing Team, we are leading the championship. In the remaining of the year, we will contrate on the American programme ultimately.”
Molnár is also set to have some outings in Swift Cup Europe, but it is subject to further agreements. The 21-year-old driver took part in the first event of the season in Poznan and he won both races.
“Certainly, my goal is still to race ahead of home audience. If the American races do not clash with Swift Cup Europe’s ones and the opportunity is given, I will take part in some races in SCE also. I could race in the first weekend of the season and I won the first and the second race too. Next time, I will be at Slovakiaring between 5-7 July. It is unsure, I can be back behind the wheel, or not, but it will be revealed no later than one week before the race. Apart from this, the fans can meet me.”
The remaining of the 2019 calendar of The Bandit Big Rig Series:
• 22 June, Saturday: Lebanon, Missouri – Lebanon I-44 Speedway
• 29 June, Saturday: Salem, Indiana – Salem Speedway
• 13 July, Saturday: North East, Pennsylvania – Lake Erie Speedway
• 27 July, Saturday: Elko, Minnesota – Elko Speedway
• 2 August, Friday: Oregon, Wisconsin – Madison International Speedway
• 17 August, Saturday: Kalamazoo, Michigan – Kalamazoo Speedway
• 31 August, Saturday: Pensacola, Florida – Five Flags Speedway
• 14 September, Saturday: Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Hawkeye Downs Speedway
• 12 October, Saturday: Bristol, Tennessee – Bristol Motor Speedway