Czech & Slovak News
Jan Baranovic brings us up to date with developments in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

1. Machanek Motorsport / Commerz Racing

The Slovakian team Machanek Motorsport will join forces with the Czech team Commerz Racing to run a brand new Porsche 911 GT3-RSR this year – in a mixed season of racing.

The new RSR was delivered on March 9 (photo), and will be driven by Rudolf Machanek and Jaroslav Honzik: the programme concentrates on the Czech Endurance Championship, but with three FIA GT races on the schedule too:

25. – 28.3. Monza FIA GT
29.4 - 2.5. Brno Czech endurance
13. – 16.5. Hockenheim
20. – 23.5. Most Czech endurance
28. – 30.5. Brno FIA GT
3. – 6.6. Most Czech endurance
29.7 - 1.8. Spa 24 h FIA GT
12. – 15.8. Most Czech endurance
23. – 26.9. Brno Czech endurance
7. – 9.10. Brno Epilog / – endurance race, 6 hours.

2. BMW Team Kramsky
dailysportscar.comTeam owner and driver Otakar Kramsky has ‘raced’ in both the European and Czech hillclimb series for many years (Czech Champion in years ‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ’00 and ‘01) with GT BMWs or Osella-BMW prototypes.

Now he is preparing and building his own GTR BMW: for circuit races he already has a BMW M3 E36 GTR (below), but the second stage of his project for 2004 is the build and development of a V8 GTR E46 (right) for the Czech endurance championship.

Kramsky wants to race in the 24 hour events at Spa and the Nurburgring, but those plans depend on finding the necessary budget.

3. Tomas Enge
We reported in January that Tomas Enge would concentrate on rallying this year: that’s all changed, and the 2003 Le Mans GTS winner will now compete with Ma-Con Engineering, for another stab (his last) at F3000. He’s raced 45 times in the category so far, and should therefore pass Marco Apicella’s all-time record of 52.


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