Charouz Racing Monza test summary

First test of new team fulfilled expectations The Go To One Charouz Racing System team took part in the official FIA GT test at Monza. Three Czech drivers Adam Lacko, Stepan Vojtech and Ales Jirasek were joined by German Kenneth Hayer and they...

First test of new team fulfilled expectations

The Go To One Charouz Racing System team took part in the official FIA GT test at Monza. Three Czech drivers Adam Lacko, Stepan Vojtech and Ales Jirasek were joined by German Kenneth Hayer and they shared a Mosler MT 900R. They will have two cars in the championship and nominated crews are Lacko-Jirasek and Vojtech-Heyer but just one car was ready for the opening test in Italy.

The test of new team (www.go-to-one.com and www.racing.charouz.cz) had just one aim - to try the new cars. It will be for the first time when a Mosler MT900R of the GT2 races in the FIA GT championship. Also Jirasek, Heyer and Vojtech are going to make their debut in the championship. Vojtech has returned to the circuits after six years in rally where he was successful in both Czech and International rallies.

Antonin Charouz: "Everything went according to the plan for the beginning. It is just a pity that it was not possible to prepare both cars but I think it will be okay for next tests before the season starts."

Andreas Leberle, Technical director: "It was a successful test. We did not have any major problem, so we are satisfied. It was just a beginning for us. We tried basic setup and reliability of the car. Also our driver got used to the car. We have two tests planned before the start of the season at Silverstone on April 20th. The first one is in Nogaro in two weeks and I believe that we will use them t be prepared in the best possible way."

Adam Lacko: "I am happy with first runs. Actually, it was not my debut behind the wheel of a Mosler because I tasted it already at the end of last year at Silverstone. It was fun there and also here at Monza. We just put mileage on it at the beginning but tired to find an ideal setup later. It was better and better."

Ales Jirasek: "For me it was simply super. Mosler is to most powerful car that I have driven so far and it was a nice experience. We have to share one car and did not have as much time as we would have liked. However, next test should be better. The biggest problem for me was t find the right braking points but I felt continuous improvements."

Stepan Vojtech: "I am glad that my circuit comeback started at Monza. It is a track that I liked from the go. It is easy to remember and on the other side there are places that do not forgive even tiny mistakes like both Lesmos. You have to show your balls there. My favourite place is Variante Ascari, a big chicane which is always busy. Moreover, it is the track where my father raced many times, it also played some part why it was a good experience for me. I took it easy at the beginning, tired to cover the mirrors and got used to everything. I nearly spun once and tried a controlled powerslide. Like Ales I had biggest problems on the brakes. I as used to different work with the brake pedal from rallies. Anyway, I did not have any major problem. I am looking forward to next test and especially to the races."

Kenneth Heyer: "It was not a bad beginning. Our times were promising and we improved the car and also our performances behind the wheel. I think that we have an interesting season ahead. Cooperation with Czech drivers is superb. It is quite special for me that I am going to share the wheel with Stepan Vojtech. His father Zdenek was a big rival of my father Hans in the ETCC in the 80' of the last century. As far as I know they were nearly team- mates in the works Jaguar team led by Tom Walkinshaw. It did not happen but it worked out in our case. I am happy that we have other tests before the start of the season because we need to do as many laps as possible. "

-credit: bpa.cz

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Stepan Vojtech , Antonin Charouz , Kenneth Heyer , Ales Jirasek , Tom Walkinshaw