I’ve been a busy boy these last few weeks!
We’ve had back-to-back FIA World Touring Car Championship weekends, and it’s been tough on everyone.
It’s been particularly demanding for the team, who went straight to Hungary after we finished up in Slovakia the previous weekend, and I have to say they did a great job with the car in such a short space of time.
I had a bit of a point to prove in qualifying after a disappointing showing a week earlier, and took second on the grid thanks to a 1:54.770.
That put me on the front row next to my Chevrolet team-mate and WTCC standings leader Yvan Muller, and I was determined to pass him at the start.
Wily veteran Gabriele Tarquini had the same idea though, and as the race began the three of us entered turn one side-by-side.
It was a recipe for disaster, and as we squeezed around the corner Tarquini went off the track.
I managed to keep my Cruze going however, but had to settle for a second place finish after Yvan broke away from the field.
Race two was a tough one: I started ninth on the reverse grid with a collection of top drivers ahead of me on the grid.
In an incident-free race where overtaking opportunities were limited, I climbed two places to capture a respectable seventh-place finish.
I can’t remember watching many podium ceremonies that I haven’t been a part of, but I had to watch Norbert Michelisz climb to the top step after race two on Sunday.
Seeing 60,000 fans go wild like that is something I’ll never forget, and at the same time it makes me even hungrier for some more success of my own.
The weekend’s results put me just 30 points behind Yvan in the race for the world title, and with over half the season still to come absolutely anything can happen.
I didn’t get long to rest up in the UK after Budapest, and I’m now in Corsica to drive the pace car for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
I’m a bit nervous as I’ve never competed in rally before, but as you all know I love a challenge!
I’ve also been getting a few tips from Yvan, who’s got quite a lot of rally experience.
Hopefully I’ll do myself proud, I can’t wait! I’ll tell you all about it next week.