Going into the fourth race of the season at Hungaroring, three different drivers had tasted victory. Cody Pryde won the opening round at Kyalami in the Porsche 911, before defending champion Michael Kundakcioglu drove his McLaren to the championship lead at Donington. Philippe Simard made it three with a win in his BMW M6 at Spa-Francorchamps.
Along with Chris Severt, who’d quietly managed a string of high-placed finishes, these four drivers topped the table and would be favourites for the Hungaroring event – but Pryde was absent, and once again the form book went out of the window.
Instead, it was Luke Whitehead on pole position in the McLaren 720S, with Grant-Smith alongside in the 911 – neither driver having raced in the championship yet this season. Simard was best of the championship challengers in third, with Kundakcioglu in fifth.
Hungaroring is no better a track for overtaking in sim-racing than it is in real life, so turn one would prove crucial – but was impeccably observed. Whitehead, Grant-Smith, and Simard entered the turn three abreast but came out in their original order – with Aloo Gobi nearly snatching third in her McLaren.