On the grid: Stronger Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team aims for podiums at Super Trofeo
Two cars in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo and one in the TCR Eastern Europe. Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team is preparing for a new season that begins on April 16th at two places at once. Team’s Huracáns will race at Monza while Touring Cars division heads to Hungaroring with a Cupra Leon car.
“Our goal for the season is to bring trophies home. That’s our target and that’s what we focused on during our winter preparations. Despite several COVID restrictions, we did some testing to try different setups and gather data. And the results are looking well so far,” says the team manager Jiří Mičánek.
The team is entering the season with new vehicles, but also drivers, who brought the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team the best results last year.
New line-up following success from Paul Ricard
In the prestigious Pro-AM category, the team continues with its changed line-up from the final race of the 2020 season that saw success in winning trophies for 2nd places. After Jakub Knoll’s injury, the team came up with a provisional solution when Bronislav Formánek was joined by Josef Záruba jr. in the Pro-AM category. That is now becoming a standard for this year as Záruba, who has been working with Jiří Mičánek since 2013, is rejoining the team’s line-up.
“At Paul Ricard, we’ve shown that this partnership works and it’s a way to fight for the podiums. It’s great news for me and I believe that there’s room for us to improve even more,” says Bronislav Formánek about the line-up change.
“Right after Paul Ricard, I was saying that it’d be great if we could continue like that. I’m glad that it’s going to happen in the end. Now after the testing, we know a bit more and we know that we can be very fast,” says Josef Záruba jr. about the upcoming season.
The second team remains the same as last year, with Libor Dvořáček and a German driver Kurt Wagner driving the Huracán. They both were regularly on the podium in the LB category and finished in 2nd place overall.
Single-entry at Monza
However, Formánek-Záruba duo is going to be the only car of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team at Monza. The other crew cannot race due to the injuries. “Kurt Wanger won’t be able to take part in the opening race of the season due to his knee surgery. Originally, we planned to have a reserve driver joining Libor Dvořáček. Unfortunately, just a few weeks ago, Libor also injured his knee while parachuting, so we’ve decided to enter just a single car at Monza,” describes Jiří Mičánek the situation.
Therefore, the team will fully focus on the Formánek-Záruba crew in the Pro-AM category. The legendary Italian circuit, which is also known for hosting Formula 1 races, is extremely fast and requires a 100% concentration from the drivers. Huracáns are driving around the track with an average speed of 190 kilometres per hour. “We gathered some data at Monza back in 2018, so we have some previous experience and I believe that we’ll be able to improve quickly, so we have the best possible position going into the race,” says the team manager.
Third Lamborghini as backup
The team will have also a third Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO car available. And the team managed to keep it secret until the last moment. “The current plan is to race with two cars in the Super Trofeo Europe, and with one car in the FIA CEZ Central European series, where I’ll be racing with Bronislav Formánek,“ said Mičánek, who also revealed that he would like to enter the third car in the prestigious Super Trofeo Europe as well.
Makeš on his way to his first victory
Apart from Monza, the team is preparing for another first race, this time of the TCR Eastern Europe series. The Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra will enter a young gun Michal Makeš, who is going to drive the Cupra Leon car. His goal is to follow up on his first podium he took at Hungaroring last year. The team’s ambition is to be regularly fighting for a podium and to help Makeš achieving his first victory.
Busy calendar with Super Trofeo and FIA CEZ series
The European Lamborghini Super Trofeo series consists of six venues. After the opening round at Monza, the championship will move to Paul Ricard, France by the end of May. The same place that ended the last year’s season where the Mičánek Motorsport team took two podiums.
After that, the series continues with a “northern” tour with races at Zandvoort, Netherlands and Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, where the Super Trofeo series will join the legendary 24-hour race.
In September, the Lamborghini cars will head to the famous Nürburgring, before the season finale at Misano, Italy, which is set to be the closing round of the season also for the other continental cups – American and Asian. The Super Trofeo series is the team’s priority, but Jiří Mičánek wants to race in the FIA CEZ events as well.
“Whenever it’s possible, and there won’t be any clashes, we want to race there too,” said the team manager. The local fans will be also able to see the Lamborghinis in other selected events and even some hill climbing races.