Super Trofeo at Paul Ricard: Formánek and Záruba did a lot of testing, they aim to repeat last year’s victory
After a long two-month break, Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra returns to racing with the next round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series. Bronislav Formánek and Josef Záruba now head to a French circuit at Paul Ricard, where they aim to take another podium after a successful opening round of the season at Imola. But they have also last season on their minds when they took their first win in the Pro-AM class right here.
The eight-week-long break saw one FIA CEZ event at Hungaroring, and three testing sessions. It was not so relaxing longest break of the season for the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team. “For the teams, it’s almost like starting a new season all over again. We’re also curious, how is the balance of the field going to change after the first race weekend at Imola. However, we tried to approach it in a responsible way, and I believe, that we can be actually stronger in the second round of the season,” says the team manager Jiří Mičánek jr.
He also puts an emphasis on the fact, that just like the year before, the second round of the season takes place at Le Castellet and a circuit named after a racing driver Paul Ricard. “It’s a track where we’ve tested a lot. We came to test here just before the races, so we should be ready,” adds Mičánek.
And the duo Bronislav Formánek – Josef Záruba definitely has some good memories of the last season, as they took their first win at this track. And this year has started well for the team with a podium at Imola. “We both like this track, we’ve had a good success here, so we’re looking forward to the weekend,” says Formánek. “Imola was a new circuit for us both. Now, this is a place we know very well, we’ve had some success here and we also did lots of testing here,” says Záruba, who knows the recipe for success.
But he also adds that the opening round of the season at the beginning of April has shown, how competitive this season is going to be. All the teams have switched to the new Lamborghini Huracán ST EVO 2 specification. It is now also up to drivers and the race engineers, how quickly they can adapt to the aero changes made to the cars. “Our advantage is, that we didn’t only test, but also raced in the FIA CEZ Endurance race, so we did one more race in the same format as Super Trofeo than the others,” says Jiří Mičánek, who raced in the Endurance event with Bronislav Formánek and they won the opening round of the FIA CEZ series.
The team will race two cars at Paul Ricard, just like last year. The other Huracán is going to enter the LB Cup category with Kurt Wagner and Libor Dvořáček.