Nurburgring: Skoda Charouz Racing preview

Le Mans Series: Charouz Racing System's Lola In Action Again Two weeks after making a successful debut in the legendary 24 Hours Le Mans, the Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team is in for another big battle. German Nuerburgring hosts the ...

Le Mans Series: Charouz Racing System's Lola In Action Again Two weeks after making a successful debut in the legendary 24 Hours Le Mans, the Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team is in for another big battle. German Nuerburgring hosts the third event of the Le Mans Series and the Czech team won't be missing. Trio Jan Charouz, Alex Yoong and Stefan Muecke believe to repeat their Le Mans result, where they belonged to the best crews on gasoline cars.

The Antonin Charouz-managed team hopes to repeat good performances on the short, modern version of the legendary circuit in the Eifel Mountains. Its presence is one of the most surprising occurrences of this year's sports cars scene. The rookie team placed second in Valencia and finished eighth overall and fifth in the LMP1 class two weeks ago in 24 Hours Le Mans. The drivers were hindered by six flat tires and two off-track trips caused also by wheel problems.

While it will be Charouz's and Muecke's first outing with the prototype, Malaysian F1-expilot Alex Yoong has experience with the powerful vehicle. And happy memories, too. Together with another former Grand Prix driver, Jan Lammers, he placed third overall at Nuerburgring. They drove Japanese Dome Judd car.

Jan Charouz: "I got to know the track during formula BMW so it's not a step into the unknown for me. The break since Le Mans was not long but I've had some rest and made trips with my friends. If I was to compare Nuerburgring with the last stage, Valencia, the German circuit is much more spacious. It should be easier to overtake slower cars. I believe we could again struggle for podium. I have only one wish - no rain, please. It's been enough in Le Mans."

Alex Yoong: "I'm looking forward to Nuerburgring. If we manage to make our Lola as fast as in previous races, we can be number one among gasoline cars. There will be two diesel-powered vehicles - that clarifies our ambitions."

Stefan Muecke: "I'm familiar with the track, mainly because of my many starts in DTM. But I have to admit it's far from simple. Anyway, I like driving there. I'm looking forward to my fans; it's their only chance to see me on my home circuit. Rumor has it they will be aplenty. The track should suit our car and I see our podium chances totally real."

Antonin Charouz: "We want to go on with our previous results which means among the best gasoline cars and try for podium. However, top five will also be a success."

-credit: scrs

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jan Lammers , Alex Yoong , Jan Charouz , Antonin Charouz