Double ambition: Mičánek Motosport powered by Buggyra goes to Slovakiaring with cupra and lamborghini
For the first time in the season, two cars in the typical tricclour colours of Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra will be presented during the ESET Cup race weekend. Michal Makeš will be aiming to return to the top of the TCR Eastern Europe Championship, while the Lamborghini Huracán piloted by Josef Záruba will make an appearance in the sprint race.
This is the only chance for the team to present itself with more cars at a "home" event this year. "Unfortunately, due to a clash with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe calendar, we won't be able to race at our home race in Brno at the beginning of September, so Slovakiaring will be a kind of substitute home race for us," says team manager Jiří Mičánek Jr.
Michal Makeš will be looking to build on his spring race weekend in TCR Eastern Europe, which brought him his maiden win in the championship. He followed that up with another great result that took him to the top of the standings. He only lost that after an unfortunate collision in Grobnik in July. He is now second in the overall standings behind Tomas Pekar. And the goal is to get closer to the title again. "We have tested on the track, unlike in the spring we are carrying only 10 kilos of ballast instead of 50. So I'm curious how the car will behave with a "normal" load," says Michal Makeš before the race weekend.
"We know we have to go for the win if we want to fight for the title. Michal is good at Slovakiaring, we will have the advantage of lower ballast, so the goal is to grab as many points as possible and prepare the best possible starting position for Brno, where the title will be decided," says team manager Jiří Mičánek, adding that both Makeš and Pekař will be under a lot of pressure. It is clear that the title will be decided only between them, other drivers have practically no chance to catch them in points.
Lamborghini? A test race with podium ambitions
A comeback in the form of a return to ESET Cup awaits Josef Záruba in his Lamborghini. "We have decided to use the race as a preparation for the next Lamborghini Super Trofeo event, so we will put the car in the sprints. The twenty-five minute race format is basically the same as the sprint race that Pepa Záruba takes in the Super Trofeo, so this way we will simulate conditions similar to our parent championship. But at the same time we have the ambition to go for the podium," says Jiří Mičánek.
For Josef Záruba, the Slovakiaring race will be a comeback to ESET Cup after a two-year break. "I was good at Slovakiaring before, so I believe I can be fast in qualifying and in the race. I'm glad I got this opportunity in the break between the Super Trofeo races and I think we can realistically think about the top stages. We'll see how the competition is," Záruba outlined.