Six days behind the wheel of a Huracán: Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra heads to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals
From Tuesday's testing to Sunday's final race. The three drivers of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team are facing their toughest weekend of the season. On Friday, the pair Bronislav Formánek - Josef Záruba will fight for the title of European Vice-Champions, while at the weekend both Lamborghinis in the team's colours will face the World Super Final against pilots from the American branch of the series.
An extreme test for the pilots and their physical condition, as well as for the team and the technique. This is how Jiří Mičánek jr., the manager of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team, assesses the upcoming race weekend in Misano. To be more precise - instead of a weekend, this time the racing programme will last four days.
"We started testing on Tuesday, on Thursday we have qualifying for the last race of the European Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, on Friday we have both races, and then the World Superfinal on the weekend," Jiří Mičánek calculates the schedule of the following days, adding that the team's primary focus is on Friday's programme. It's about the title itself. And the Formánek - Záruba pair is playing for second place and the European vice-championship.
"We will concentrate on Friday's races the most, the weekend will be a bit of a reward. That is, if we can still do it," says Josef Záruba with a laugh, indicating that the portion of four fifty-minute races in three days is an extreme load. Bronislav Formánek also realises this. "It's a big challenge. Misano is a hard track, fast. We'll see how we do, but it's supposed to be quite cold and it might rain. This is playing into our hands." In fact, cold or rain will erase the differences to the Italian teams, who have a perfect set-up for hot weather. "The cold should play in our favour, but it will still be extremely even," Záruba confirms.
Libor Dvořáček will be at the start of the last weekend in the LB Cup class. Due to an injury, he only started the season in the middle of the season, so he cannot think about fighting for the title in his class. The goal will be to get the best result again. And - as Dvořáček himself says - to survive. He will be doing the entire race programme alone, as his co-driver from last year, Kurt Wagner, is still not fully fit. "He was with us now for testing, and although he didn't get off to the best start, there was a huge improvement. Unfortunately, the race is still clashing with some medical tests, so he will miss it," explained Dvořáček, who will have a marathon of 200 race minutes over three days.
"Misano is not exactly my favourite track, I'm sure I could find a better one in Italy. But if you have done some mileage on it and learn to hit it, it's possible," describes the pilot, who has already completed the tests in Mugello last week together with the rest of the team.
This weekend's climax of the global series will already be a "reward" for the team. "We will definitely want to show that we are competitive even in a cross-series comparison," says Jiří Mičánek. The World Finals will have to do without Asian crews due to the covid-19 restrictions, but more than 60 cars have been nominated from Europe and North America.
The format is different from the standard weekend of the individual continental series - two races are run each day, divided by performance category. Formanek and Záruba will be up against the elite competitors of the PRO class and their parent Pro-AM class, while Libor Dvořáček will face European and American rivals in the LB Cup class. "It will be a great challenge for Brona and Pepek. There will be opponents they don't know and at the same time they will be riding in a very balanced starting field, where there are basically no slow riders," outlined Jiří Mičánek.