Start of new season for Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra: Formánek and Záruba lost Super Trofeo podium due to penalty, Makeš achieved new maximum in TCR series
Unfortunate moments, but a promising start. That was the opening race weekend of the 2021 season for the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team. Formánek and Záruba finished 4th at Monza, despite complications. Michal Makeš took two podiums at Hungaroring.
It was a difficult weekend, but results are promising – those are words of Jiří Mičánek jr., the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team manager, after the first two events of the season. The Lamborghini division managed to finish in 5th and 4th places in the prestigious Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series at Monza, while Michal Makeš took 2nd and 3rd places at Hungaroring. “This weekend has shown us that our target to fight for the Pro-AM podiums and to be in the TOP 5 in the overall standings, is doable,” says Jiří Mičánek.
Monza: bad luck on a start followed by a tyre changing lottery
The main division of the team, which has two cars in the prestigious Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series, had difficult moments already in the first part of the race. Bronislav Formánek, who started the 50-minute race, received a drive-through penalty for leaving the track during a battle. That forced the crew outside of the battle for the podium. Without that, Formánek and his teammate Josef Záruba were clearly on their way to take the first podium of the season. “I’m a bit puzzled about that stewards’ decision. I’ve been used to such moves for the past 10 years, and it’s never been a problem before. Anyway, that decision cost us our Saturday’s hopes,” said Formánek about the penalty.
He and Záruba showed a great performance, but following the penalty, they had to settle for only 5th place in the Pro-AM category and 10th place in the overall classification. “We do not agree with the decision, but there’s no point in arguing the decision. It happened and we will learn from it. Anyway, the race was very good, we handled the driver change very well. We made no mistakes and were consistent,” adds Jiří Mičánek.
The second race that followed on Sunday had an unusual spark before the start already. “Due to the Saturday’s complications with tyres, the organiser decided that it’s compulsory to change tyres during the driver change. We found out during the briefing at 9 o’clock in the morning and had only a few hours to practice that and get ready,” shrugs Jiří Mičánek.
“But we handled the whole pitlane limit without issues,” he adds and confirms that the team has handled that change perfectly. The race itself went well, but the efforts were hampered by a Safety Car. In the end, the team finished in 11th place in the overall standings and 4th in the Pro-AM category. “We lost our gap due to the Safety Car. It’s a shame, but at least we know what we’re capable of. Yet, I think that it was a very good first race weekend,” says Josef Záruba.
“Both races were affected by the unfortunate moment that we couldn’t have expected or get ready for. But we know that without them, we could have been on the podium,” says Mičánek and he adds that the team will use that knowledge while preparing for the upcoming race at Paul Ricard, where Formánek and Záruba took a podium last year. The team should also have its second crew there with Libor Dvořáček and Kurt Wagner. Both drivers had to miss Monza due to injuries.
Makeš improved his own maximum at Hungaroring
The other race division was racing at the same time as the team in Monza. This crew was led by Jiří Mičánek’s brother Tomáš as they took part in the opening round of the FIA CEZ season at Hungaroring. The young talent Michal Makeš was on a mission there to follow up on his previous best result – a 3rd place that he actually achieved there in Hungary last Autumn, during the wet final round of the season. And Makeš’ wishes came true as he was a star of the TCR Eastern Europe weekend with his Leon Cupra. He did not just match his last year’s maximum, but he even managed to improve it – he leaves Hungaroring with two trophies for 2nd and 3rd places.
“After the last Autumn, I knew that we could be on the podium regularly, but to do it twice on the first weekend already, that’s a huge milestone and also a challenge for the upcoming races,” says Makeš after the weekend. “I’m glad how the guys and Michal handled it. It’s clear that all the hard work during winter and through testing helped. I believe that Michal will be going for the overall victory,” adds Jiří Mičánek.
Both divisions of the team will be going back to action in May. In the first half of the month, Makeš is going to race at Slovakiaring. An event that has replaced a cancelled round at Red Bull Ring. The Lamborghini division is now preparing its both cars for the French event at Paul Ricard, which is going to take place on the last weekend in May.