Silverstone: GTO Charouz race report

Double for the GTO Charouz Racing The debut race of the GTO Charouz Racing team in the FIA GT championship ended with a double in the G2 class at Silverstone. The newly built line-up Stepan Vojtech, Kenneth Heyer with the American Mosler MT 900...

Double for the GTO Charouz Racing

The debut race of the GTO Charouz Racing team in the FIA GT championship ended with a double in the G2 class at Silverstone. The newly built line-up Stepan Vojtech, Kenneth Heyer with the American Mosler MT 900 car won the G2 class and their team-mates Adam Lacko and Ales Jirasek finished just behind.

The famous English track saw several Czech premieres. The GTO Charouz Racing team are a brand new one, Vojtech returned to circuits after seven years in rally and like Jirasek started in the FIA GT championship for the first time.

It seemed that Lacko, Jirasek would take the glory because they led the class with a solid gap. However, they car spun in the very last lap. It was not Jirasek's fault, however, but a gearbox failure. The crew still managed to finish second in the class.

Stepan Vojtech: "I must say that I was quite curious to see how we would go after I had not run in the practices. I got to the car during the warm up for the first time and all was hectic. It was damp foggy like during my last start in the Wold Rally championship in Wales last year. Kenneth, who has more circuit experience, started the race and I took over after 45 minutes and drove to the end. It was good for me because after many years in rally every mile is important for me. I was satisfied with our change during the pitstop I think that it was a quick one. We won thanks to problems of our team-mates but I am still happy to get the trophy. We were on the podium and did a press conference with "the big boys" from the GT1 class. However, it does not hide the fact that there is a lot of work ahead. We want to improve in the overall standing and we have to work very hard to achieve it."

Kenneth Heyer: "We finished very well given the fact that we had not practiced. I overtook around 11 cars during two opening laps which was great. Unfortunately, I started to loose out later because we had not had a proper chance to setup the car. It was far from ideal but I am sure we will improve the car soon. A podium finish is good for the whole team but like my team-mates said we have to work hard to be quicker."

Adam Lacko: "We finished quite well in the end of the day although we had our share of issues to deal with during our debut weekend. Of course, it is pity that we did not win with Ales but that's motorsport. The important thing is that we managed to finish the race with the damaged gearbox and gained valuable experience. There is a lot of work ahead but we hope to improve. The team have been working hard, so we have to make a step forward."

Ales Jirasek: "Today we saw some promising flashes for the future after we had endured some difficult previous days at Silverstone. Our car was working well in the warm up and also in the race with the exception of the very last lap. The gearbox broke just two corners from the finish line the rear wheels locked and I spun. We led the class by 50 seconds at that time. Shame. At least we managed to cross the line. The season ahs just started and I believe that we will improve."

Andreas Leberle, Technical Director: "Everything turned out quite well in the end but the best thing is to forget this weekend. Just to keep the positives and add improvements to them. We have nearly one month long break before next race at Mona and we will work hard."

-credit: racing.charouz.cz

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Stepan Vojtech , Kenneth Heyer , Ales Jirasek