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Vivien Keszthelyi
Vivien Keszthelyi racing driver profile photo.jpg
Born7 December 2000
Debrecen
NationalityHungary Hungarian
Occupationracing driver
Years active  2014 -
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Websitehttp://www.vivienkeszthelyi.com/

Vivien Keszthelyi (born 7 December 2000[1]) is a Hungarian Grand Touring racing driver, who started her career at the age of 13.[2][3] As a member of the Audi Sport Racing Academy, the young talent has already achieved 3 touring car championship titles.[4][5][6]

The Debrecen-born driver's interest in car racing started at the age of four, when she preferred electric cars instead of traditional games played by girls. After the first race she watched live, she decided that racing was going to be her life.[2] She started her professional career in 2014, in the Swift Cup Europe series.[7][8] As a result of two successful years, she became the youngest and only female member of Audi Sport Racing Academy in the fall of 2015, also becoming the first Hungarian racing driver with factory connection.[9][10] In 2016, she won her first championship titles behind the wheel of an Audi TT in the Central European Zone Trophy, where she became the national champion of both the sprint (short-distance) and the endurance (long-distance) category at the age of 15.[11][12]

Her first titles were followed by two record-breaking years. In 2017, she became the youngest ever Hungarian point scorer in the international series, when she competed in the Audi TT Cup.[13][14] In 2018, in addition to her Rookie championship title, she finished as the vice-champion of the absolute table, which meant that she became the youngest female racing driver in the history of international GT4 championships, who finished the season in the top 3.[15][16]

Career[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Vivien has been interested in cars since the age of 4. By her own discretion, she was playing with electric jeeps rather than dolls at the time. When she was 12 years old, she visited the Red Bull Ring, where she watched auto racing live for the first time in her life. There and then she decided that she wanted to be a racing driver.[2]

Her parents warned her about the dangerous sport, but the young girl could not be prevented from achieving her goals. Contrary to the majority of racing drivers, she had not been trained since her childhood, did not start competitions and did not have any experience with cars before.[17] She decided to test her skills in the touring car category first. When she first raced in an international competition, she finished 3rd in the absolute, 2nd in the junior and 1st in the women category during the racing weekend at the Hungaroring.[18]

2014: Special license[edit | edit source]

She was able to enter the Swift Cup Europe series with a special license, which was essential for her to compete at the international level at such a young age. At the end of the season she finished 3rd in the junior and 6th at the adult absolute table.[8] Seeing her accomplishments, the promoter of Swift Cup Austria invited her as the only Hungarian driver to one of the races of the competition, where she finished 4th among adult men.[19]

2015: Fast development[edit | edit source]

In her second season in the Swift Cup Europe she finished 3rd in the absolute, 2nd in the junior and 1st in the women category.[20]

2016: Two-times Hungarian national touring car champion[edit | edit source]

Her potential attracted interest from the Audi Sport Racing Academy in 2016. Following the successful tests in Germany, she was included as the only lady among the three drivers that the talent-maker has chosen to be the members of the academy. With this achievement, she became the first Hungarian factory-trained racing driver at the age of 15.[21][4][5]

She changed categories, replacing her car to a 350 horsepower Audi TT, with which she competed in the Central European Zone Trophy.[22][23][24] Right in her first season she became the D-2000 Hungarian national champion of both the sprint (short-distance) and the endurance category (long-distance).[25][26]

In the 60th race of her career, she achieved her 60th podium finish and 25th victory.[27]

2017: The youngest Hungarian point scorer at the international level[edit | edit source]

In 2017, she continued her career in the Audi TT Cup where she experienced a more “physical” type of racing.[28][29] She had several difficulties throughout the season (accidents, penalty after communication error), where she completed 7 out of 14 races.[30][31] Despite the hardships, she collected 65 points and finished 13th in the championship, which meant that she became the youngest Hungarian racing driver to score points at the international level.[32][33][34]

2018: Rookie champion, absolute vice-champion[edit | edit source]

Vivien completed the 2018 season in the GT4 Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, which was special for her, because it was the first time she competed with a rear-wheel drive race car.[35] It meant a new level for her, as the nearly 495 horsepower Audi R8 LMS GT4 with a V10, 5200 cc engine was much stronger than her previous cars.[16][36][37] In the championship the 17-year-old delivered consistent performances throughout the season.[38][39][40][41][42]

After the last race of the championship, she became the champion of the Rookie category, while she also took the 2nd position at the absolute table,[16] which meant that she became the youngest female racing driver in the history of international GT4 championships, who finished the season in the top 3.[43][44]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Vivien has been supporting charitable causes since the start of her career, throughout the years, she has continuously increased her social engagement:

She is an active member of the Dare to be Different movement, which is inspired by Susie Wolff and intended to help young women and girls who dream of their future in any field of motorsport, either as a driver, as a competition engineer, or as a team leader.[47][48]

In addition to human causes, animal welfare plays a central role in life as well. She adopted a white tiger and a panda at WWF to call attention to the endangered animal species.[49]

In December 2017, she started the acquisition of the helicopter license. If she succeeded, she would become the youngest helicopter pilot in Hungary.[50]

In October 2018, UNICEF Hungary announced the 17-year-old race car driver in a press conference as UNICEF's Champion. With her own programme, Keszthelyi would like to draw attention to the importance of reducing infant mortality and raise funds for infant immunization.[45][51][52][53]

In May 2017 she was selected into the 30 most successful under 30 year-old Hungarians by the Hungarian edition of Forbes magazine.[54] She often attends race weekends of other series such as Blancpain GT Series, ADAC GT Masters or the Formula One, and usually appears on events held or sponsored by Audi in Hungary.[55][56][57][58]

Results[edit | edit source]

Suzuki Cup Austria[edit | edit source]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
HUN Hungary AUT Austria AUT Austria SVK Slovakia AUT Austria
2014 OXXO Motorsport DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 4 Ret

Swift Cup Europe[edit | edit source]

Year Team Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC
HUN Hungary SVK Slovakia AUT Austria HUN Hungary AUT Austria SVK Slovakia HUN Hungary
2014 OXXO Motorsport Absolute 3 Ret 4 7 5 3 6 2 DNS DNS 2 4 4 4 Ret 6.
Junior 2 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 DNS DNS 1 2 3 3 Ret 3.
Ladies 1 Ret 1 2 1 1 1 1 DNS DNS 1 1 1 1 Ret 1.
Year Team Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC
HUN Hungary AUT Austria SVK Slovakia AUT Austria HUN Hungary SVK Slovakia HUN Hungary HUN Hungary AUT Austria
2015 OXXO Motorsport Absolute 11 7 3 Ret Ret 2 2 Ret 5 3 1 3 C C 1 5 5 2 2 3 4 5 3.
Junior 4 3 2 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret 2 2 1 2 C C 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2.
Ladies 3 2 1 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 C C 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.

Touring Car F group[edit | edit source]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC
HUN Hungary AUT Austria HUN Hungary SVK Slovakia HUN Hungary
2015 OXXO Motorsport DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 3 2 DNS DNS DNS 6.

Central European Zone Trophy[edit | edit source]

Year Team Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC
HUN Hungary HUN Hungary SVK Slovakia CZE Czech Republic HUN Hungary
2016 Team VRS Hungarian Championship 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Year Team Category 1 2 3 DC
SVK Slovakia CZE Czech Republic HUN Hungary
2016 Team VRS CEZ Endurance (Hungarian Championship) 1 1 1 1

Audi Sport TT Cup[edit | edit source]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
GER Germany GER Germany GER Germany NED Netherlands GER Germany AUT Austria GER Germany
2017 Team VRS Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 8 11 12 9 Ret 10 DSQ 8 12 13. 65

Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup[edit | edit source]

Year Team Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
GER Germany GER Germany HUN Hungary GBR United Kingdom ITA Italy GER Germany
2018 Team VRS Absolute 3 3 4 4 4 2 7 4 4 6 11 4 2 129
Junior 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 4 4 3 1 154,5

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