Debut at Poznan: Makeš aims for another podium, despite racing on “unknown” track
Michal Makeš and Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra has a clear goal for Round 03 of the TCR Eastern Europe series in Poznan. They aim for another podium and to improve their current 2nd place in the standings to be in the middle of a championship battle.
To improve on already well started season. That is the plan for Michal Makeš, and the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team in Poznan. There continues this year’s TCR Eastern Europe series. Last time, Makeš took his first-ever victory, followed by a 3rd place finish on Sunday.
These results put Makeš into 2nd place in the championship standings. However, this young talent, led by Jiří and Tomáš Mičánek has ambitions to go even further. Ideally, he would like to reduce the 17-point gap that has the leader Tomáš Pekař and to further expand the 24-point gap he has on Sebastian Steibel, who holds 3rd place in the standings. That means he needs to be fighting for the podium again.
It will not be easy for Makeš, who, unlike his competitors, will have to deal with a big handicap – it is going to be his first-ever race at Poznan. “Many drivers, including Tomáš Pekař, know this track well and that could be an advantage for them,” explains Makeš ahead of the race weekend.
Another important factor could be weather, which has been unpredictable recently. And rain or mixed conditions could play into the hands of the competition again. The 21-year-old will be also carrying a BOP (ballast of performance) following his results from previous races. But instead of the 60 kilograms that he had in Slovakia, he is going to have “only” 50 kilograms of additional ballast.
Yet, the team has big ambitions after two strong weekends. The whole team of mechanics spent the 5-week break by tuning the Cupra TCR to perfection, added some testing mileage and focused on little details. “We were testing twice – in Most and Brno. In the second test, we focused on some changes following a change in our springs supplier, as we moved to Öhlins. And the results have been positive so far,” described the team manager Jiří Mičánek jr. And the second test at Brno was all about that. “The car is behaving well, and you can feel an improvement. It’s not like we’re one second per lap faster now, but the change is noticeable,” adds Makeš.