The season finale crowned with victory. The finish in the Super Trofeo brought Mičánek's team third place overal
A great end to the season was confirmed by the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team in the last event of the six-part championship in Portimao, Portugal. In the first race, the duo Karol Basz - Bronislav Formánek finished second, after an exciting battle they won the last race of the season.
"If we have set some ambitious goals before the weekend, we managed to fulfill them," states the manager of the Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra Jiří Mičánek jr. team after the season finale. He had a clear vision - to get two podiums, ideally two victories. And move Bronislav Formánek to the overall third place in the championship rating in the Pro-AM class.
And that's exactly what happened. "Despite the fact that we missed two race weekends in the season due to collisions that were not our fault or technical problems, we are third. This shows the strength of the Basz-Formánek team and crew," points out Jiří Mičánek.
A short distance from the absolute podium
The pair of drivers in both races not only went for the victory in the Pro-AM class, but also fought for the podium in the overall standings. Basz passed the team's Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2 in second place absolutely, and Formánek until the last laps successfully resisted the attacks of rivals from the Pro class who tried to get ahead of him. Less than two minutes later, there was a small mistake that relegated Formánek to fifth place overall and second place in Pro-AM.
In the second race, Karol Basz won the fourth victory of the season for the team and the third place overall for Formánek in a direct battle of three riders in the Pro-AM class at the end of the race. "We performed a great chase because we didn't have an ideal position at the start. I think that Broněk and I showed a great performance and collected the last points for the championship, which meant third place overall for Broněk," explained Basz.
Thanks to this result, Formánek equaled last year's ranking. Even then, the team finished third overall. "It was our goal for the weekend and I'm glad that we fulfilled it, even though the first race was not easy at all," says the Czech competitor.
The second team car piloted by the duo Libor Dvořáček and Kurt Wagner took sixth place in the LC class in both races.
Grand finals: chances of victory and opponent's mistake
The team wanted to build on Friday's results in Saturday's world super final, in which riders from the European and American continental championships met. In the first race, Bronislav Formánek was on his way to a commanding victory in the Pro-AM class, but less than four minutes before the end, the Czech driver was hit from behind by the American Luke Berkeley, driving in the Pro class. Formánek still finished the race in twentieth place, but in the pits the team discovered that the car's chassis was beyond repair. The team could not start the Sunday race in the Pro and Pro-AM classes.
"It was a demanding week for us, basically from Monday to Monday we were on our feet from six in the morning until eleven. The fact that we managed it and brought such good results is a credit to the entire team and at the same time a confirmation of how professional they are. They deserve a huge thank you from me and the riders," concludes Jiří Mičánek.