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Vivien Keszthelyi
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Born7 December 2000
Debrecen, Hungary
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 female 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]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Keszthelyi 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]

Keszthelyi first raced in the touring car category. 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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20][4][5]

She changed categories, replacing her car to a 350 horsepower Audi TT, with which she competed in the Central European Zone Trophy.[21][22][23] 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).[24][25]

In the 60th race of her career, she achieved her 60th podium finish and 25th victory.[26]

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.[27][28] She had several difficulties throughout the season (accidents, penalty after communication error), where she completed 7 out of 14 races.[29][30] 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.[31][32][33]

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.[34] 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][35][36] In the championship the 17-year-old delivered consistent performances throughout the season.[37][38][39][40][41]

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.[42][43]

2019: Formula 3[edit | edit source]

On 2 January 2019, it was confirmed that Keszthelyi will race in the FIA F3 Asian Championship Winter Series, making her the youngest and the first female Hungarian driver in the Formula 3 category. [44][45] In the first Formula 3 season of her career, she scored points in 5 races out of 9 and finished 13th in the Asian Winter Series championship.[46]

2019: W Series

W Series is a free-to-enter motor racing series for women drivers only, which will start for the first time in the beginning of May, 2019. Throughout the selection process 18 pilots were selected from more than 100 contestants to participate in the new championship for women. Keszthelyi qualified for W Series as one of the only 2 official test and reserve drivers.[47]

Results[edit | edit source]

Suzuki Cup Austria[edit | edit source]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
HUN AUT AUT SVK AUT
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 SVK AUT HUN AUT SVK HUN
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 AUT SVK AUT HUN SVK HUN HUN AUT
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 AUT HUN SVK HUN
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 HUN SVK CZE HUN
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 CZE HUN
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
Hockenheimring Nürburgring Norisring Circuit Park Zandvoort Nürburgring Red Bull Ring Hockenheimring
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
Hockenheimring Lausitzring Hungaroring Brands Hatch Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Nürburgring
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

F3 Asian Championship Winter Series[edit | edit source]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2019 BlackArts Racing Team Chang International Circuit Sepang International Circuit Sepang International Circuit 13. 13
8 11 9 9 11 10 Ret Ret 10
* The season is currently in progress.

W Series[edit | edit source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Points
2019 HOC
ZOL
Ret
MIS
10
NRM
13
ASS
BRH
14
17th 1

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