Second place? A great result and a tribute to the family legacy, says Jiří Mičánek after Zámecký vrch
Second place in his category, top ten overall. This is the result that Jiří Mičánek Jr. achieved with his modified Lamborghini of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team at the legendary summit race in Náměšt' nad Oslavou.
Jiří Mičánek, behind the wheel of the team's Lamborghini Super Trofeo EVO, finished both race days in second place. He was beaten only by "home" Marek Rybníček with KTM X- Bow GTX. "I think we have shown that we are definitely nothing to be ashamed of. To take second place in a competition of riders for whom hills are the main discipline, for which they are prepared physically and technically, is a great result," comments Jiří Mičánek.
"It's a completely different experience from the point of view of both technique and rider. Compared to circuits, where you have escape zones and the certainty of a perfect surface, the hills are a much bigger adrenaline rush. I am even more pleased that we have succeeded in this discipline, which is not common for us," said Jiří Mičánek.
In the past years he also competed on the Zámecký vrch, but always as part of exhibition rides. This year's race was his first sharp experience. On Sunday, the Lamborghini piloted by Jiří Mičánek broke the one minute and two second mark, trailing the winning Mark Rybníček by only eight tenths of a second.
"Internally, we as a team take from this the information that we can prepare for a race in very specific conditions. From this point of view, it is a valuable experience for us," says Mičánek, who achieved a great result in a competition of almost 150 competitors.
He also praised the organisers and the atmosphere of the race. "The contact with people was incredible for me. The race had a great atmosphere, a huge number of people came and the opportunity to meet the fans up close is incomparable compared to the circuits."
For a large part of the fans, meeting Jiří Mičánek Sr., who competed and won the race in its early days, was also an experience. "It is obvious that the tradition is incredibly alive in Náměšť. I was surprised how many people asked about my dad. And when he came to see us on Saturday, people recognized him, took pictures with him, wanted to talk to him. I'm even more happy that we continued the family tradition that our name started on this track decades ago with a great result," concludes Jiří Mičánek Jr.
The team is now preparing for the upcoming race of the prestigious Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series. At the end of July and the beginning of August, the team will compete in the fourth round of the season, which will be part of the programme of the legendary 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The Pro-AM will feature the current second crew in the championship standings, Bronislav Formánek - Josef Záruba. And the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team plans to field a second car in the LB Cup class, piloted by the recovered Libor Dvořáček.