Hillclimb race in Brno humbled: „Circuit driver“ Jiří Mičánek sovereignly dominated Brno Dragon at home
Jiří Mičánek jr. at the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO scored a sovereign victory in the prestigious class over 3000 cc in Saturday's top racing season finale at the Masaryk Circuit. The driver and manager of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team ended this year's successful campaign in the Maverick Hillclimb Czech series with victory in all five races.
"It's a nice end to the season for me. Apart from the result, I feel good about it internally, I didn't make any mistakes and I also got praise from my dad, who was watching me from the stands," the junior recalls the family tradition that commanded him to win - it was Jiří Mičánek Sr. who was the hillclimb champion for many years and also ruled the "old" Brno Dragon, which was ridden in serpentines on the old Brno track.
The second reason to be happy for Jiří Mičánek is the "score comparison" with his biggest rival and this year's ruler of the strongest category Maverick Hillclimb Czech Marek Rybníček. Mičánek rode a total of three events, i.e. six races. Three times he won, three times he was second just behind Rybníček.
"Marek and me are friends and I have no ambition to win the series, so it's more in the spirit of teasing. Up until now it was 3:1 for him, so I'm glad I evened things up at the last minute," laughs Jiří Mičánek, who did the top races in a "standard" Huracán, which the team otherwise uses in its parent championship, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
Mičánek gradually improved throughout the day and the initially minimal gap to Rybníček increased. By the last run, the difference between the two rivals was already over a second. "The car was working perfectly, we just struggled a bit with the track temperature in the morning. It was seven degrees and the tyres didn't work very well. But as it got warmer during the day, it got better and better. I was also good with the starts, which are extremely important at the mountains and you can lose the whole run on them," praised the driver.
The icy calm miss in the passenger seat
The team also spent two days at the Masaryk circuit before the race - but focused on testing ahead of the upcoming Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series finale in Misano, which will be followed by the World Superfinal. "We covered a lot of kilometres and collected valuable data. I believe that this will allow us to confirm in Misano that we are rightfully among the top in the Super Trofeo," says Jiří Mičánek.
The pilot and team manager in one person made the two working test days more interesting by driving with an unusual co-driver - Angelina Kostyshyn, the 2020 Czech Republic runner-up, sat in the passenger seat. And she surprised Jiří Mičánek with her calmness. "The ride was great, but it wasn't my first fast ride on the circuit in a race car, so I was completely calm," laughs the beauty who knows Brno from her role as a grid girl at the World Road Motorcycle Championship.