Czech Endurance Championship, Most, June 5-6
dailysportscar.comOne week before Le Mans (sorry, still catching up here) and Tomas Enge, as usual partnered by his manager, dominated the Saturday race at Most, for the third round of the Czech Endurance Championship, with the Mercedes Benz CLK DTM – writes Jan Baranovic.

Second place in the three hour race went to Maderic and Paral with an Audi A4 ST, while third was the Slovak pair of Bezak and Studenic, with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

The race was enlivened by some dramatic moments, the first coming soon after the start when the Polish drivers Stanco and Janus wrote off their 911 GT2. Another Porsche came a cropper after refuelling, the GT3-RS of Venc and Konopka catching fire, although the marshals dealt with it very quickly (below).

Sunday’s two sprint races saw the field divided according to engine size. Max Stanco appeared in a very familiar looking Saleen S7-R, the Konrad FIA car starting from the back of the grid ...

....and soon breathing down the neck of Charouz in the Mercedes DTM car. Stanco passed Charouz in the technical part of the circuit and took the flag with a seven-tenths advantage over the silver car.

In third position was Maderic with the Audi A4 ST, but he was promoted to another second place after the race when the scrutineers found ‘non-permitted improvements of the exhaust system’ on the Saleen, and Stanco was excluded.

So Bezak took third place again, and the podium was exactly the same (apart from the missing co-drivers) as on Saturday.

Paseka in his Skoda Fabia won the race for the cars with engines under 1600cc, second place was Kolar with his Skoda Pick-up and third was Bazata with another Skoda Fabia. And so Tomas Enge went on to Le Mans, and we know what happened there…


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