Dániel Nagy was happy to settle for a podium finish on home soil in the second TCR Europe race at the Hungaroring, preferring not to risk an incident which could have dropped him down the order.
Nagy led the first eight laps of a rain-affected second race, after slipping past both Santiago Urrutia and Dušan Borković within the first two corners.
But the M1RA Hyundai driver was powerless to prevent a hard-charging Julien Briché from getting into the lead on lap eight, as the Peugeot driver simply drove around the outside of Nagy’s Hyundai at Turn 11.
Then just one lap later Gilles Magnus squeezed his Audi past Nagy, and the Hungarian driver opted to play it safe to keep hold of a podium finish rather than fight to get back in front.
“I’m very happy to be on the podium for my home race,” said Nagy. “It could have been a victory, but I’m satisfied with this result.
“We have done a good job during the whole weekend, improving lap after lap until we were competitive enough to fight for winning.
“Everything went well in the first half of the race and as the track began to dry, I was able to pull away.
“However, when the rain started again, the Peugeot and Audi cars were more stable. I preferred to let them go rather than risking an incident and settled for a podium finish.”
Nagy leaves the Hungaroring joint third in the drivers’ standings with fellow Hyundai i30 N drivers Borković and Mat’o Homola, and just two points from the top.