Valencia: Charouz Racing race report

Skoda Charouz Second In Valencia! Fantastic success for the Czech Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team in the second Le Mans Series race. The team achieved second place absolutely in Valencia with drivers Alex Yoong, Jan Charouz and ...

Skoda Charouz Second In Valencia!

Fantastic success for the Czech Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team in the second Le Mans Series race. The team achieved second place absolutely in Valencia with drivers Alex Yoong, Jan Charouz and Stefan Muecke. This result will be a gem in Czech motorsport history.

One of the greatest dramas of endurance races offered car-to-car fights till the last minutes of the six-our time limit which has its turn the moment 1000 kilometers can't be covered.

The Czech Lola/Judd B07/17 was kicked off by F1-expilot Alex Yoong, Jan Charouz took over after two hours and the final one hour and forty-five minutes belonged to Stefan Muecke. The 25-year-old German flew to Valencia with a special charter plane from Silverstone, where he raced in the FIA Grand Turismo event earlier in the day.

And Muecke surely didn't put his teammates' performance to shame. He vied for third and fourth position and when one of the Peugeots retired, it suddenly was a fight for silver. Profiting from his five-year DTM experience, Muecke didn't let Joao Barbosa of Rollcentre overtake, which turned out to be the decisive point of the race.

After an unsuccessful manoeuvre, Barbosa lost contact with the Czech Lola; it didn't take long and he flew out of the track and damaged his Pescarolo Judd when trying to overtake one of the slower vehicles. Muecke then secured the great second place behind the winning Peugeot.

Stefan Muecke: "I'm very happy, my flight from England to Spain was worth it. I had to get used to driving our Lola the first twenty minutes as it is quite a difference compared to the Lamborghini Murcielago. Important is that we proved the Lola/Judd is really fast and reliable. I feel great chances for the 24 hours Le Mans in June. There's not much to say about the thing with Barbosa, it was a common racing collision, none of us got hurt in any way."

Alex Yoong: "A wonderful entry in the team. I couldn't drive in Monza because I raced in the A1 Grand Prix - and now such a success. Fabulous. I was in charge of the first two hours of the race, I tried to set even times and avoid collisions. Luckily enough, I succeeded. Can't wait to be in Le Mans."

Jan Charouz: "I had a fantastic drive, mainly in the first of my two hours. Only during the first part of my slice I wore out the tires a bit too much. But then I drove quite quick and steady times and I'm satisfied. The most important thing is that we all managed to achieve such a result. I'm so happy."

Antonin Charouz, team manager: "I'm simply happy, what else can I say? It's a huge success, a fantasy. In the second race of such championship the Czech team finishes second, that's pure joy to me. Stefan's manoeuvre with Barbosa might have been on the edge, but that really is a part of this game."

-credit: cr

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Alex Yoong , Joao Barbosa , Jan Charouz , Antonin Charouz