Fifty-fifty: Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra leaves Spa with two podiums and two unfinished races
They take home three cups, but they also think that there could have been more. Two crews from the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team achieved two podium finishes in the fourth round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe season, but also failed to finish two races.
The race weekend, which was postponed to Friday and Saturday due to the connection with the legendary 24 Hours of Spa, was better started by the pair Bronislav Formánek - Josef Záruba. They got the second place on Friday. On the other hand, Libor Dvořáček did not finish his first race of this season due to an uncaused collision with his rival. On Saturday, the two cars swapped roles: Libor Dvořáček was third, but the chances of the Formánek - Záruba duo disappeared after just five minutes, when the Lamborghini Huracán in the colours of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team "hit" the rear wheel of Mattia Michelotto in the first corner, with whom Josef Záruba was fighting for sixth place in the overall standings.
"I am half satisfied. On the one hand, it is positive that we are still confirming that we are among the top in our classes and are able to be on the podium regularly. On the other hand, the two races we didn't finish are a missed opportunity and lost points," says team manager Jiří Mičánek Jr.
The loss of points hurts the Formánek - Záruba pair more. They are competing for the title in their Pro-AM class and the loss of points has deepened their gap to the front. They now have to share the second place with Leipert Motorsport, which has caught up with them. "We're still in the title race, it's enough if our rivals don't finish one of the remaining four races, like it happened to us now, and everything can be different," said Mičánek.
What actually happened on Saturday? The race was started by Josef Záruba, who in the first lap got into the field of cars "a class higher" thanks to his great driving. It was in a duel with one of them that an unfortunate incident occurred in the first corner. Záruba tried to overtake the Italian Michelotto on the inside of the corner, but he was slightly faster on the run-in and Michelotto then closed the corner so unluckily that he crashed the front of his Lamborghini directly into the left rear wheel of the car in the colours of Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra. Although the collision was very light, the impact damaged the rim of the Czech car and the race was over for Josef Záruba.
"Josef took a risk and it didn't work out, it can happen. The important thing is that the car is not badly damaged, so far it seems that only the rim and the tyre were damaged. The important thing is to put it behind us and get ready for the next race," says team manager Jiří Mičánek.
"It was risky, but I just gave it a try. I'm also sorry for Broňek, who didn't ride at all in the second race. In any case, I will try to make up for it in the next races," says Záruba, who on the other hand, with a great ride in Friday's first race, pulled away from the leader Andrzej Lewandowski and was aiming for the victory in the Pro-AM class. "I had planned where I would overtake him on the last lap, but unfortunately the yellow flags were out, so there was nothing I could do," says Záruba in retrospect.
The first podium for Libor Dvořáček
Libor Dvořáček started in the LB Cup class for the first time this year after a spring injury. What is more, he had to complete the race alone without a teammate. "It was physically very demanding for him, but he coped with it perfectly," said Jiří Mičánek, who evaluated Dvořáček's result. In Saturday's race, which was marred by a safety car exit and rain towards the end, he finally brought his Lamborghini Huracán to third place in the LB Cup category and thus came on the podium for the trophy in his debut race.
"I knew it was going to be very challenging, and the weekend confirmed that 100%. Apart from the result, it is valuable for me to know that even without a change you can complete the weekend and that you can get nice results," says Dvořáček.