VIDEO: Opening round at Misano with triumph and Czech anthem
Last weekend saw the opening round of the Lamborghini SuperTrofeo Europe cup at Misano, Italy. The Mičánek Motorsport powered by Buggyra team is one of the series regulars and this year, the Czech team is back with its two Lamborghini SuperTrofeo EVO cars.
“We were waiting for the start of the season for such a long time. Just two weeks ago, nobody even knew how many cars will be on the grid of the first race. In the end, there were 23 cars, which is a pretty attractive number these days, and it gives the series a certain amount of quality and a level of competitiveness,” said the team manager Jiří Mičánek jr.
Instead of Josef Záruba, Jakub Knoll will be joined this year by another highly experienced driver Bronislav Formánek. Libor Dvořáček and Kurt Wagner are then competing in the LC Cup category.
“The Misano circuit is infamous for its very high kerbs. They are here especially for motorbikes and they cause issues for every car racing series every year. On Thursday, we did our maximum to adjust the settings and polish the final details. All our drivers showed huge progress, especially Libor Dvořáček, who confirmed his pace from the testing and he improved by more than a second,“ added Jiří Mičánek.
The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday evening. The organisers used the special opportunity at Misano, to run a race under artificial lighting as the circuit always hosts the only evening race of the series.
“Dvořáček and Wagner managed to follow up on their good times from practice sessions and qualifying. In the race, they easily dominated their class and started the new season in the best possible way – by winning a race. It was a great performance and a great reward for all the hard work in the previous seasons! Knoll and Formánek finished in 15th place. While that’s not what we had in mind, the SuperTrofeo is very competitive. The Race 2 then didn’t go well for us at all as both cars had to retire with suspension issues. More teams struggled with those kerbs as well, but there’s no place for excuses, everybody had the same conditions. Last year, we were lucky enough to avoid the issues, but this year, we got to know them in full strength,” summed up Jiří Mičánek the opening round of the season.
The season continues on the first weekend in September, when the drivers will head to Nürburgring, Germany.