Mecsek Rallye gears up for IRC debut
"The Mecsek Rallye is the most beloved race of the national championship"
Mecsek Rallye organisers are promising competitors and fans a warm welcome when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge heads to Hungary for the first time next month.
Based in the city of Pesc 200 kilometres south of the capital Budapest, the event will take place from 9-11 September as round eight of the 11-event IRC season.
A statement from the organisers said: “The Mecsek Rallye is the most beloved race of the national championship and in September it will be very special for many reasons. The race celebrating its 45th birthday will also be the most prestigious event ever of national rally sport because we can receive a serious international field the first time.
“Thanks to Formula One races organised in Hungary, the country has become common knowledge of ‘petrolheads’ and this year as the scene of World Touring Car Championship, it also had great success.
“It is believed that we can raise our international reputation in the history of rally competitions as well and we will have the opportunity to introduce Hungary, more accurately Pecs and its outskirts. The town giving home to the centre of the competition was the European Capital of Culture last year and Pecs showed that the world should find worthy of attention. Now, Pecs is going to show a new side to an other target audience, what is more, outside the continent, too.
“In addition to the exciting race, we are going to wait for the dear guests coming here not only with cultural programmes but mainly with great loving and kindness as well.”