Stepan Vojtech returns to circuits

Stepan Vojtech has decided to go back to the racing on circuits. Son of Zdenek, well known touring car driver in the 80' of the last century, is going to race in the FIA GT Championship this year with the American car Mosler MT900R. He is going to...

Stepan Vojtech has decided to go back to the racing on circuits. Son of Zdenek, well known touring car driver in the 80' of the last century, is going to race in the FIA GT Championship this year with the American car Mosler MT900R. He is going to share it with German Kenneth Heyer who is another son of famous father - his father Hans was a big rival of Zdenek Vojtech and Bretislav Enge in the European Touring car championship.

Thirty years old Stepan raced in rallies in the last years but he has decided to go back to the circuits after he got an offer from Antonin Charouz. Another Mosler is going to be shared be the Czech duo Adam Lacko and Jaromir Jirik.

Names Vojtech and Charouz have met a lot of times in the past. Antonin Charouz was a friend and worked together with Zdenek Vojtech when both raced with the legendary Skoda 130RS in the 80' of the last century.

Charouz was also a competitor with Zdenek's sons Stepan and Tomas in 1997/1998 when he raced a Ford Escort RS2000 Kit Car against their Peugeot 306 Maxi Kit Car in the division 1 of the Czech International championship. Their fights were highlights of the seasons.

After Zdenek Vojtech's fatal accident in November 1998 Antonin Charouz offered to both brothers opportunity to race in the upcoming season. Stepan and Tomas raced for Charouz Racing System in 1999. Stepan won Ford Puma Cup and Ford Fiesta Cup.

Stepan Vojtech: "I started my racing career on circuits and not it is time to come back after years in rally. The main reason why I left circuits in 2000 was the fact that the championship was not in the best shape in the Czech Republic and also because rally really attracted both my brother Tomas and myself. I think that we achieved a lot in rallies, we were successful at home and then moved up to the world championship, scored points... However, we were in quite a difficult situation at the end of the last year regarding further participation in world rallies. We did want to go back to the national championship and we were thinking what to do... I got the offer from Antonin Charouz at that time and I did not need a lot of time to decide. It is a new challenge for me and I feel new and big motivation. Of course, we will have to wait to see how the brand new car and team will work but I believe that we will not be ashamed. I am also looking forward that I will return to father's footsteps. Name Zdenek Vojtech was a mark of the highest quality on circuits and I want to follow him. I will race on the tracks where he raced and I will have to learn as they will go. I hope quickly and successfully. The most attractive for me is Spa Francorchamps, it is he track that my father liked a lot. There is also possibility that I will start in the more and more competitive Czech International Championship, I will be happy if we manage to organize it in the busy schedule of the FIA GT. I want to say big thank you to all fans, the whole team and Michal Ernst, my co-driver, for wonderful years in the rally. It is really unique sport that takes and lot and also gives a lot. I have big respect for rallying"

Antonin Charouz: "I know Stepan since he was a child. We worked together and were friends with his father Zdenek in the same way like with Bretislav Enge (father of Tomas) when we raced the legendary Skoda 130 RS. We were also competitors in the second half of the 90' when we fought on the Czech tracks. Stepan drove Peugeot and I drove Ford... I noticed at the end of the last year that Stepan's team lost the main sponsor and I anticipated that his future in the world rally championship is not secure. I also knew that he is not interested in the national rally championship and therefore offered a drive in the FIA GT. Stepan had been quick and successful on circuits before he moved to rally, so I thought that he might be interested to go back and straight to the world series. We agreed quickly. Together with German Kenneth Heyer they should be a quick crew. There is also possibility of occasional starts in the International Czech championship with factory Mosler."

-credit: vojtech.org

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Jaromir Jirik , Stepan Vojtech , Michal Ernst , Antonin Charouz , Kenneth Heyer