- Norbert Kiss
Lives Budapest, Hungary
Racing CareerNorber Kiss is not only one of Hungary's greatest ever racing drivers, but the 31 year old has carved out a reoputation as the fastest driver of his generation in the FIA ETRC.
A double champion in 2014 and 2015, Kiss actually started his career sim-racing in his homeland. By 2006 he was doing it for real on the track and won the Renault Clio Cup in Hungary at his very first attempt!
Further success followed in 2007 when he took the Seat Leon Cup after a dominant display. He showed he was the supreme force again in 2008 when he took the double with another convincing display.
By now Kiss' reputation had skyrocketed and he took another domestic title in the popular Suzuki Swift category. Kiss also branched out in to single-seaters and turned many heads in the Formula Renault 2-litre category as well.
His attentions turned to the FIA ETRC in 2011 where he started to learn quickly. By the end of that season he had already scored his first win at Jarama and the quest continued in to 2012 with the Hungarian OXXO Racing Team.
Further wins came in 2012 with double wins again at Jarama and also at Le Mans Bugatti. In 2013 he finished fourth in the standings and by 2014 he was a major threat to the established stars and duly won the title with nine victories.
He defended his title brilliantly in 2015 with a record-breaking campaign in which he scored a remarkable 19 race wins!
Surely the hat-trick would be on for 2016, but to the surprise of many Kiss elected to change teams and switched to the Marcus Bauer run Tankpool24 Racing squad where he took victory at Nogaro and finished fifth in the standings with his Mercedes-Benz challenger.
In 2017 Kiss stayed at Tankpool24 Racing where he had his eye on that third title, but being a formidable force and one of the best qualifiers throughout the year was only enough for third in the final standings.
There's no doubt that he'll come back even stronger in 2018 as he teams up with new teammate Steffen Faas at Tankpool24 Racing.