Michal Makeš on hot ground: In Grobnik he will defend his lead in TCR Eastern Europe
The TCR division of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team is heading to the fourth round of the TCR Eastern Europe championship in Grobnik, Croatia. Makeš will be looking for two more podiums in a row on the hot track. And to extend his lead at the top of the championship.
Michal Makeš took the lead of TCR Eastern Europe on his debut at the Poznan circuit in June. Now he's going to a track he knows well - last year he drove on it in his current Cupra TCR car, a year earlier he was on the podium here in the Clio Cup. "It's going to be hot, so it's going to be physically demanding. The track itself is interesting, narrow, fast. It doesn't quite have a perfect surface, it's a lot like Poznan. So it would be good if the result would be similar," says the twenty-one-year-old driver of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team.
He is referring to the best race weekend he has had in TCR Eastern Europe so far - he dominated the Saturday race in Poznan and finished second in the Sunday race. Combined with the withdrawal of the then championship leader Tomáš Pekar, who had a technical problem, Michal Makeš moved into first place in the series standings. In Grobnik he will defend the nine-point lead he has over Pekar. In the middle of the championship, it is very likely that the title will be decided between the two Czech drivers. The third German Sebastian Steibel is 48 and 39 points behind Makes and Pekar respectively.
Staying at the top of the championship is also a goal for team manager Jiří Mičánek jr. "Michal knows Grobnik and he is doing well on the track, so we are clearly going into the weekend with the idea that after him we should still be at the front of the championship. And ideally with a bigger gap to the other drivers," outlined Mičánek, who is also preparing a pair of Lamborghini Huracáns for the next round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe.
This will take place next weekend at Spa-Francorschamps as part of the programme for the legendary 24 Hours of Spa. "Libor Dvoracek will return to racing after his injury, so we are looking forward to our first sharp two-car weekend. We'll want Libor to adapt to the racing regime and start taking podium finishes in his class as he did last year. For the second car with Broňa Formánek and Pepa Záruba, our goal is to be on the podium again and ideally to get closer to the Pro-AM class title from second position," says Jiří Mičánek.