TCR Eastern Europe
TCR Eastern Europe
Hill climb race
My main goal is to achieve the best results.
My main goal is to achieve the best results at the highest level.
It has always been a big dream of mine to lead a professional racing team at the top level. Thanks to hard work and also thanks to the people I have met over the course of my racing career, I can say that my dream has become a reality and my work is my hobby. During my time in motorsport, which started back in 1996, I have achieved a number of important positions in both domestic and international championships. I am gradually expanding my involvement in motorsport to include other activities related to this wonderful sport.
The main engine driving us forward is the best results and a professional approach to the partners, clients, and customers of our racing team.
European champion in hill climb race
Victory in FIA Hillclimb CUP
Victory in FIA CEZ D5 Sprint
Victory in FIA CEZ D5 Endurance
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<ul> <li> Norma M20 FC<li> <li> Czech championship hill climb racing <li> KTM X-BOW GTX<li> <li> ESET CUP - Endurance
SUPER SUCCESSFUL SEASON FULL OF TROPHIES
After the race weekend at the Nürburgring, Mato Homola injured his hand and it was clear that he would not be getting back into his Elantra. So it was necessary to decide who would take the vacant seat for the rest of the season. For the race weekend at the legendary Italian Monza, it was the team owner Václav Janík, for whom it was to be his first ever kilometres in a Hyundai Elantra N TCR. Despite the very varied conditions during the individual runs, Václav got to grips with the car and the circuit quite well and improved his position from run to run.
The TCR Europe final brought both another change behind the wheel of Mato's Elantra and also a possible fight for the fifth place in the championship for Jáchym Galáš. This time, Mata's compatriot Samuel Sládečka took the vacant seat. And his fourteenth place in the second race was, considering all the circumstances, an interesting result. Unfortunately, Jáchym's fight for the TOP5 in the overall TCR Europe 2022 standings did not work out. The sixth and tenth places meant thirty-two points and the ninth place overall in TCR Europe 2022. Mato Homola, for whom it was a season worthy of being erased from memory, was classified fourteenth for the year.
The team entered the TCR Eastern Europe regional championship with two Hyundai i30N TCRs and the driver line-up of Václav Janík, Petr Semerád. Václav, who had planned to run the season in race-by-race mode, ended up scoring points in each of the remaining races at the Hungaroring, apart from the first two, standing on the podium four times and collecting a total of 106 points. This earned him the fourth place in the overall series classification and the second place in the Trophy category for the older specification cars - as well as one of the team trophies at the gala evening.
Peter Semerád fared even better, returning to the circuits after a long time in rallying thanks, among other things, to the support of the ESET RaceStar programme organised by series promoter Josef Křenek. Petr scored points in every race except one, stood on the podium eight times, won one race, took the pole position once and set the fastest lap in four races. As a result, he fought for the title until the last rounds of the season. In the end, he finished a close second, partly due to bad luck. And Peter's season record? A total of five trophies - the second place in the TCR Eastern Europe, the second place in the Czech Republic Touring Car Championship, the third place in the TCR Eastern Europe Trophy category and the first place in the junior ranking. In addition, as the second best junior, Petr scored points across the entire ESET Cup, during which, with one exception, TCR Eastern Europe was run over the weekends.
The above-mentioned successes had of course an impact on the overall team standings. Before the last race of the season, Hyundai Janík Motorsport was already the winner in the team standings both in the overall standings and in the Trophy category.
Team circuit drivers also took part in the 2022 endurance series. Martin Kalvas and Milan Haboň were the regulars in the seat of one of the two KTM X-Bow cars, and they drove the entire season and secured the second place overall in the series.
A total of five riders - "top riders" - sat behind the steering wheels of specials in white or blue and red team colours. Besides the team owner Vaclav Janik, there were also David Dědek, Jiří Svoboda, Marek Rybníček and Jaromír Malý. The team racers took part in a total of eight events in the Czech and European Championships.
The season was opened with Brno Dragon 2022, which was the first race of the international nine-part Maverick Hill Climb Czech 2022 and the first race of the Czech Trophy. And right at the end of the first series of the season, the team garage was just glittering with precious metals. Jiri Svoboda drove his Lola B03/51 monoposto to the third place overall. David Dědek and Marek Rybníček added two silvers each. And Václav Janík gave the golden seal to the weekend. On his debut in the Hyundai i30N TCR, he dominated both races in Group 3, which was also a historic record in hillclimb racing for the Hyundai brand.
Jaromír Malý, this year's fifth team hillclimber, made his debut behind the wheel of the Hyundai i30N TCR, but also in hillclimb racing, in Náměšt' nad Oslavou as part of the MANN-FILTER Castle Hill Climb 2022.
The 2022 season culminated in mid-October at the place where it had begun in early April, at the Masaryk Circuit in Brno. And just like in the season's prologue, the epilogue saw the team score several podium finishes. Marek Rybníček at the wheel of the Nova Proto NP 01 and Václav Janík in a borrowed KTM X- BOW GTX from Marek Rybníček finished second in their groups. David Dědek with Norma M20FC won his group and finished in the fifth place overall. Unfortunately, Jiri Svoboda with Lola B02/50 did not finish the last race of the season.
When looking at the results of individual races, it is clear that the most valuable collection of trophies was collected by Marek Rybníček in the Czech and Moravian hills. Overall, his performances in 2022 earned him first place in Group 2 and Category 1. In the overall ranking of the Czech Republic Championship he is ranked silver. Václav Janík (8th) and Jaromír Malý (12th) were also ranked in category 1. In category 2, David Dědek and Jiří Svoboda were sixth and twelfth respectively. And finally, a look at the absolute standings. David Dědek finished sixth, Jiří Svoboda eleventh, Václav Janík seventeenth and Jaromír Malý twenty-second.
The 2022 season of the Hyundai Janík Motorsport team could be divided into three parts. The most resounding is undoubtedly the second most prestigious TCR car championship - TCR Europe. Then the regional championship of the same specification - TCR Eastern Europe. And thirdly, the so-called Le Series, consisting of four endurance races.
For its second season of TCR Europe, the team has entered two cars, just as it did for the first one. Only it was no longer a Hyundai i30N TCR, but a brand new Hyundai Elantra N TCR. The driver line-up for the TCR Europe series remained the same this year - Jáchym Galáš again as a member of the Hyundai Motorsport junior programme and Hyundai Slovakia ambassador Mato Homola
The team managed to take over the two Hyundai Elantra N TCR specials at the beginning of April, just before the start of the TCR Eastern Europe, whose first weekend at the Hungaroring was also to be the first test of the new equipment.
The team's most significant entry into the TCR Europe annals was undoubtedly made by its drivers during the third race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Although Mato Homola again recorded a DNF in the first race. However, he started the second race from the third place thanks to his qualifying result and managed to finish in a great second place. And without a doubt, Jáchym Galáš sealed the best weekend of the whole season. He finished ninth in the first race. He started the second race from the pole position and dominated it with a start-finish style, which was a very special moment for him, not only because he won his first race in TCR Europe.
THE JANIK MOTORSPORT SUCCESSFUL AT THE PREMIERE IN THE TCR EUROPE 2021 SERIES
The European circuit scene in the touring car racing category has offered a high quality environment for several seasons now in the form of the TCR Europe series, which has been very popular among racing drivers and motoring fans alike. This season, the Czech team Janík Motorsport has entered the series with a pair of Hyundai i30 N TCR race specials and the Czech-Slovak duo of racing drivers Jáchym Galáš and Mato Homola.
Seven race circuits hosted TCR Europe 2021 participants, with the calendar taking the teams to famous places in motorsport history - Spa-Francorchamps, Monza and the Nürburgring. Janík Motorsport had to cope with a large competition of experienced drivers and factory-supported teams.
In Spa-Francorchaps, Belgium, Mato Homola shone with the second place in the second race of the weekend, securing Janík Motorsport's first podium finish of the season. Jáchym Galáš was again successful in the following race at the Nürburgring in Germany in a close battle for the podium, with less than a second deciding his final 5th place in the race.
The growing trend of results culminated in the last race weekend in Monza, Italy. Mato Homola, in particular, was able to tame the speed, securing his maiden victory in TCR Europe in the second race of the Italian weekend. The team thus managed to take the final 7th place in the team standings in the 15-team competition. Mato Homola claimed the final 13th place in the overall drivers' standings, while his teammate Jáchym Galáš finished 17th overall, but most importantly, 2nd in the prestigious TCR Europe U23 young drivers' standings.
The Sternberg-based Nutrend Racing team was not absent from the natural hillclimb race courses in 2021 either. This discipline is "part of the team's DNA" and so that year, too, the riders appeared with their specials on both domestic and European tracks. Václav Janík, Jiří Svoboda and David Dědek were especially prominent in the hill climb specials. This trio focused on competing in the FIA International Cup, which finally consisted of just three series.
The three FIA Cup races always had different courses, either because of the track profile or the conditions. In the year 2021 the list of courses consisted of 18km and wet Trento Bondone, slippery Polish Zaluz and short Osnabruck, less than 2km long.
Nutrend Racing managed to accomplish everything, and as expected, the outcome of the whole season was decided in the last German race, where Václav Janík fought for the overall championship in category II with Frenchman Petit, and David Dědek and Jiří Svoboda competed for the final 3rd place. The team participated in the FIA Cup with a full programme and managed to complete allthree challenging races. In the final standings, the drivers took 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in category II, a result that pleases both the drivers and the team.
Other team members also scored points in their respective championships. Marek Rybníček and his KTM GTX dominated the Maverick Hill Climb Czech. Ales Gansdorfer with MTX 1-01 won the FIA Historic Championship overall and the crew did not perform badly in the Kramp Endurance, taking home the 3rd place overall.
THE START OF A NEW CHAPTER WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE AUTOCLUB OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The 2020 season for all sectors was marred at its start by the Covid-19 pandemic situation. In fact, the start of the season did not take place until June and the FIA European Hillclimb races in particular were cancelled.
The Nutrend Racing team, however, still entered its new chapter, which was the ACCR Czech Talent Team project, directly under the auspices of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic. The program was focused on the TCR category car - the Hyundai i30 N TCR, including direct cooperation with Hyundai Motorsport. For the beginning of the project, the TCR car championship was chosen, which took place over eight races at four race circuits. The TCR Eastern Europe took our team to Grobnik in Croatia, Slovakiaring in Slovakia, the Masaryk circuit at home and the final Hungaroring in Hungary. The project was aimed at junior talented drivers.
Further circuit activities of the team continued with the Norma M30 LMP3. A quartet of team drivers took turns behind the wheel during the Central European Zone races. Petr Lisa concentrated on the sprint races and closed the season with the 2nd place. Tomáš Konvička chose endurance racing as his specialty and also took silver. Václav Janík and Balász Volentér, a talented young Hungarian rider, also competed in the endurance series at the Hungaroring and together they won the overall victory in the one-hour race, thus celebrating a great success at the end of the season.
Outside of circuit activity, the Nutrend Racing team competed in the domestic championship of the MMČR hillclimb racing. The best result was achieved by Václav Janík, with the 3rd place in the absolute ranking. His season was marked mainly by technical problems in its beginning. Marek Rybníček, a very experienced driver and a newcomer to the Nutrend Racing team, won the 3rd place in category 1 with his Škoda Fabia R5. Jiri Svoboda drove the F3000 Lola B03/51 several times during the season and with 51 points he took the 3rd place in the E2-SS standings. David Dědek had a premiere season in the team as he saddled and beautifully guided the Norma M20FC car over the hills, taking the 6th place in the E2-SC standings for his achievements.
The next championship that our team attended in the 2020 season was the Carbonia Cup, where two drivers competed. Martin Kalvas took part in this year's races with Norma M20FC and won the 2nd place in the C2 category after the races at Slovakiaring and Most. At the Slovakian round he was joined by Milan Haboň with KTM X-bow R, who took bronze in the C5 category in his debut at this race.
Circuit successes and winning the Czech champion title
Our Nutrend Racing team kicked off the 2019 season in the FIA Cup International Hillclimb Championship, as well as the Central European Zone Circuit Championship, and made a great comeback in the domestic Hillclimb Championship. From both of these championships, Nutrend Racing drivers took home several titles and top positions in the overall standings in the season's total.
An underrated rookie at first, it has gradually worked its way up to an experienced matador with several victories to its name. That, in a nutshell, would sum up the Nutrend Racing team's performance in the circuit championship. In the overall D5 division, the team holds the top position in the sprint races, as well as a win and 3rd place in the endurance race standings. These achievements were further complemented by top positions in the Czech International Championship, both in the class and division standings, as well as for the first time in the overall standings.
An underrated rookie at first, it gradually developed into an experienced matador with several wins. That, in a nutshell, would be the Nutrend Racing team's performance in the circuit championship. In the overall D5 division, the team holds the top position in the sprint races, as well as a win and 3rd place in the endurance race standings. These achievements were further complemented by top positions in the Czech International Championship, both in the class and division standings, as well as for the first time in the overall standings.
This year, our Nutrend Racing team did not forget about additional races for its partners and customers. We organised several test days, which were very popular with the drivers, and the team once again competed in the full season of the Makpak Endurance series, where they took the 4th place in the overall standings out of more than thirty participating cars.
LMP3 CR PREMIERE AND A GREAT SUCCESS
ON THE LEGENDARY ECCE HOMO RACE
Like last year, the 2018 racing season was another turning point for our team. At the very beginning of the year, the team acquired a new racing machine - the attractive Norma LMP3, a car with roots in the famous LeMans series, which moved the racing car stable into a new - elite - category of prototype cars. The goal for the 2018 season was to participate with this car mainly in circuit races within the FIA Central European Zone series and the domestic MMČR championship.
And it was in the circuit championship where the team strengthened its driver base and, as in the previous season, celebrated several successes in both sprint and endurance races in the D5 division. In the overall ranking of this division, the Nutrend Racing team drivers with the LMP3 car defended the 1st place in the endurance race and this success was then complemented by other team drivers in the sprint race with both the Norma M20 FC and the Norma LMP3 car, when they successively took the 2nd, 3rd and 4th position in the D5 division.
Despite the busy circuit programme, the team did not neglect the FIA International Hill Climb Cup, the highlight of which was the home ECCE HOMO, where Václav Janík made an indelible mark in the history of this race. The home pilot attained a new Czech course record and achieved an absolutely fabulous success in the form of 2nd place in the overall standings, where he only lost to the fastest Italian driver Christian Merli. ECCE HOMO was a dream come true! The team's seventh consecutive FIA Hill Climb Cup championship title, which the team defended again in that year's Hill Climb, was just another reward for the entire team for their precise work that season.
During its racing breaks, the Nutrend Racing team devoted their time mainly to its partners and customers, for whom it organized several very popular test days during the year and participated in the spring and autumn endurance event Makpak Endurance Le Brno, where it competed with popular KTM X-bow and BMW M3 GT4 cars.
RACING TECHNOLOGY EXPANSION AND THE DEFENCE OF THE FIRST POSITION IN HILLCLIMBING AND CIRCUIT SERIES
For the 2017 season, the NUTREND racing team expanded its racing stable with another French NORMA M20FC prototype, this time boasting the latest circuit specification and a Honda racing engine. Václav Janík and the youngest member of the team, Tomáš Korený, took part in the FIA Central European Zone Championship and the MMČR circuit racing championship with this car. In all the endurance races in which this pair of drivers competed, they took maximum points both for winning their division and for the overall standings.
The team was also very successful in the sprint races of the D5 division, where the title belonged to Vaclav Janik. The pair was then complemented by another team rider, Jiri Svoboda, who finished 2nd in the sprint races of the D5 division.
The team's success on the circuits, however, did not prevent them from scoring points in the FIA International Hill Climb Cup. The first half of the racing season was completed without hesitation and with the maximum number of championship points. The large lead over his rivals allowed the driver to ride the second half of the season "on the safe side", which paid off and he defended his sixth consecutive FIA International Hill Climb Cup title at the penultimate race in Osnabruck, Germany! Jiri Svoboda was certainly not left behind either, as his performance that year brought him an excellent 2nd place in this international championship.
Richard Meixner, a newcomer to the team, who made his debut in the Norma M20F this season, finished in the top ten of the overall standings. Karel Hubáček competed with his BMW M3GTR in two domestic races at ECCE HOMO Šternberk and Martin Kalvas, whose health condition allowed him to start only at the Slovakiaring, was excellently replaced by Martin Kalvas Jr., especially at the LeBrno endurance race. The last of the newcomers of the NUTREND racing team was Tomáš Konvička. Tomáš showed his driving skills during a series of test days, when he gradually worked his way up to the seat of the Norma M20FC racing prototype.
THE FIRST TITLE IN A ROW AND A PREMIERE IN THE CIRCUIT SERIES
Nutrend racing completely dominated the 2016 FIA HillClimb Cup International Championship, with its team drivers taking the top 4 positions in the overall standings of Category 2 - Formula Cars.
The racing season started for the team traditionally in Zaluga, Poland, where Václav Janík broke the previous track record with his Norma M20FC. A similar race scenario was also repeated in the Slovak race in Jahodná. The team then had the race of a lifetime at the home race Ecce Homo Šternberk. Václav Janík, as the best of the Czechs, ranked 5th overall, thus substantially breaking his personal course record! Even in the second half of the season the team did not let up. Václav Janík also brought back more gold and full points from Gorjanec in Slovenia and Osnabruck in Germany. In Lucina, Slovenia, Janík shone again and after a dramatic battle with the Italian competition he set a track record and confirmed his fifth FIA HillClimb Cup Championship title in a row! However, the two-litre drivers, Petr Trnka and Jiří Svoboda, were not left behind either. Trnka took silver in the overall championship standings and Jiri Svoboda's points were enough to take bronze.
Robert Steć, the team's rookie, who drove the Lola B02/50 formula car that year, certainly did not slack off in his position and took the 4th place in the overall standings. The TOP 4 of the FIA Hill Climb Cup- cat. 2 was completely dominated by the Nutrend Racing team!
Karel Hubáček took part in two domestic races with the BMW M3 GTR at Ecce Homo Šternberk and Martin Kalvas completed his second season with the KTM X-Box R in the Carbonia Cup series.
The 2016 season for the Nutrend racing team also meant new participation on the circuits. The pair of riders Janík - Trnka started with the two-litre Norma M20F in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Despite the familiarisation season, the drivers came out ahead of the field and achieved TOP, i.e. gold, in the Central European Zone endurance ranking.
NEW TECHNOLOGY AND A TRIUMPH AGAIN IN THE EUROPEAN CUP
The 2015 season was a breakthrough for the Nutrend Racing team. From the very beginning, a change of technology from the formula car Lola B02/50 to the French prototype of the latest specification Norma M20FC turbo engine was getting ready. The team's other driver, Jiri Svoboda, had only a new and improved Honda engine in his Norma M20F prototype, and for this season Petr Trnka joined forces with Vaclav Janik and his team, switching from his Gloria C8F to the two-litre Norma M20FC.
As in previous seasons, the whole team participated in the FIA International Hill Climb Cup. This 12-part Cup calendar took them to races in Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.
The change from formula car to prototype came after only two races for Václav Janik, yet he was able to learn very quickly with the new car and throughout the rest of the season he regularly set personal best track records and managed to take top positions in the overall FIA Hill Climb Cup standings even in the toughest Italian races. At the end of the season the sum of the points meant that the duo of Norma M20FC and Vaclav Janik triumphed again in the European Cup.
Petr Trnka, in his debut season behind the wheel of the Norma M20FC prototype, took the 3rd place in the overall standings. Jiri Svoboda got to the 5th place in the FIA Cup standings. Karel Hubáček took part in only two domestic races of Ecce Homo Šternberk in the 2015 season with BMW M3 GTR. Thanks to more intensive testing that season, he was also able to repeatedly set his best times with this powerful car on this home track and continue to push his and the car's limits. Martin Kalvas also drove his first season with the KTM X-BOW R in the Carbonia Cup series and immediately took a great 2nd place in the KTM X-BOW category. In addition to this success, he and his team took the 2nd place in the category in the 9 h LeBrno endurance race and successfully completed a test of the Lola B02/50 formula car during the season.
THE THIRD TRIUMPH IN THE EUROPEAN CUP
Like the last season 2013, this year's edition also meant for team Nutrend racing mainly the defense of the European Cup in hillclimb car racing. The team started the 2014 FIA Hill Climb Cup in a manner worthy of a two-time winner of this cup, when during the first race in Załuz, Poland, Janík set a new track record with his Lola B02/50 and finished in absolute first place. He then repeated his triumph in Jahodná in Slovakia and Gorjanc in Slovenia. Janík also dominated the E2-SS group in Verzegnis and Lo Spino in Italy, where he took maximum points. This great form secured the driver an excellent success for the whole team in the form of the third title in a row!!! Another team rider - Jiri Svoboda with his Norma M20F did not slack off either and managed to hold on to an impressive absolute third position in the overall championship standings, dominating especially in Kitzeck, Austria and Osnabrück, Germany.
Despite the busy schedule of the international championship, the Nutrend racing team did not slack off in the domestic championship MMCR. In almost all the races they participated in, they managed to take podium positions. In the overall standings, Václav Janík took an excellent 3rd place and Jiří Svoboda finished as the winner of division 3 up to 2000 cc.
Karel Hubáček took part in three races with his BMW M3 GTR, as he did last year - he took part in Rechberg in Austria, the home series of the European Championship Ecce Homo and Dobrovina in Slovakia. All three starts earned Hubacek a significant improvement in his personal bests.
The team's newcomer for the 2014 season was a promising driver - Jan Čermák, who took part in selected series with the Norma M20 FC. Čermák was new to open-wheel racing and was able to prove his qualities at a total of four races this year.
FIA CHALLENGE TITLE DEFENCE
The main goal of the 2013 season for Nutrend Racing was to defend the FIA Challenge title and to further improve the performance of the Lola B02/50, which was fitted with a brand new, more powerful engine for that year. The strength of both driver and car was already evident in the early part of the season. In the first race on our territory in Náměšt' nad Oslavou Nutrend racing dominated both race days. At the home Ecce Homo in Sternberg, Václav Janík significantly improved his personal best and took a magnificent 7th place in the busiest European competition. The Slovak Jahodná once again confirmed the ambitions of Václav Janik, who managed to improve his last year's track record by almost two seconds and his personal best by a full three seconds, beating the riders at another Slovak race in Dobšiná. Nutrend racing also took the best standings in Limanowa, Poland, twice in Slovenia, it also shone in Italy and finished the season in Mickhausen, Germany with a silver medal. Thanks to these balanced results, Janik managed to defend his FIA Challenge title with 107.5 points and take second place in the overall standings in the MMČR.
Jiří Svoboda entered the 2013 season with a brand new Norma M20F in the E2-SC group. It turned out that this car was an excellent choice - the best proof of that were the times achieved, thanks to which Jiří took several prestigious places in the E2-SC group, both in the MMČR and in the FIA Challenge standings. The second place in Náměšt' n. Oslavou, the silver place at the home Ecce Homo, victories in Osnabrück, Lučina, Gorjanec, Dobšiná and others are certainly proof of that. At the end of the season, Jiri Svoboda was awarded for his excellent fourth place in the FIA Challenge Championship and after a very close competition in the domestic MMČR he won a great second place.
Karel Hubáček drove a BMW M3 E92 GTR in three races in the 2013 season. His debut race was at Rechberg in Austria, his home Ecce Homo was marked by accelerating on a familiar track and beating his times from previous seasons, and another debut race was the fast Slovakian Dobšiná, which earned Hubáček the 11th place in the E1 group.
GETTING THE FIA CHALLENGE TITLE
In the 2012 season, the FIA Challenge International Championship became a priority for Nutrend racing, in which it competed with the Lola B02/50 formula car. The fact that Janík was successfully getting used to the formula car after two seasons of driving was evidenced by the driver's podium finishes in almost every race. He achieved absolute victory several times, for example in Jahodná, Slovakia, Glasbach, Germany, and Gorjanc, Slovenia. In the final FIA Challenge championship points, Nutrend racing thus gained the last missing title to its collection, and the FIA trophy for the overall victory in the FIA Challenge.
Nutrend racing team also successfully participated in the domestic championship, in which it won one overall victory and five second places, which secured them an excellent silver place in the Czech championship. The BMW M3 E92 GTR team car underwent finishing touches that season and the car competed in several mainly domestic races, such as the Brno Drak, the Sternberg Ecce Homo and the Slovak Dobšina. The biggest test of the car was in the autumn, at the amateur endurance race 8hours Le Brno.
At the beginning of the 2012 racing season, the Nutrend racing team concluded its cooperation with Jiří Svoboda, who was a newcomer to hillclimb racing. This very promising driver took part in individual races that season with the Radical SR3 car in Group C and his debut season was excellent. Jiří achieved the title of Vice-Champion of the Czech Republic in Group C in the domestic championship.
Team Cup Gold
In the 2011 racing season, Nutrend racing continued to focus primarily on the European Hillclimb Championship. For Vaclav Janik, who moved to the formula car category after winning the European Championship title in 2010, the main goal remained to get used to a completely different way of driving. The team's mechanics were then gaining experience, especially in the correct set-up of the race car to suit each type of track and weather conditions.
Despite not very high ambitions, the team managed to shine several times among experienced rivals and to take the fourth place, e.g. in Al Fito in Spain or Trent Bondone in Italy. Compared to last season, the rider achieved a great acceleration in almost every race he took part in, yet the team still finished in the tenth place in the final points of the European Championship. In the International Championship of the Czech Republic series, Nutrend racing scored an excellent third place overall compared to last season.
Every year, the Federation of Motor Sport also announces a prestigious category among racing teams, called the "Team Cup". The first place award from the 2011 edition went to our Nutrend racing. After the end of the hillclimb season, Václav Janík also took part in two media-followed sporting events in sprintrally. AZ pneu Jeseníky and Partr Rallye Vsetím were attended by Janík with a rented Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX race car.
THE PREMIERE WITH FORMULA 3000
After the absolute victory of category I - touring cars and winning the European Champion for 2009, our team Nutrend racing moved to category II, to formula cars. That year, the FIA European Hill Climb Championship remained our priority. From this new racing season, which Nutrend racing team entered with a brand new formula car Lola B02/50, both the team driver Václav Janík and the team itself did not expect much. It was mainly a season of familiarization with the car and its rivals. However, at the last European series in Buzet, Croatia, the driver managed a fantastic triumph in the form of the first place in the overall standings. With this result, he then made history in the records of top racing, being the first ever Czech driver to win with a Formula 3000. This magnificent finish propelled the Nutrend racing team to an absolute sixth place in the European Hill Climb Championship.
So in the domestic championship of hill climb races team Nutrend racing was able to score and get e.g. the second place in Ústí nad Orlicí or the third place in Lanškroun. In the final scoring of the International Championship of the Czech Republic, they then took the overall, very close, fourth place in the absolute classification.
At the beginning of the 2010 racing season the racing team concluded cooperation with Karel Hubacek, who became the second driver of the Nutrend racing team. This promising driver competed in selected races of the International Championship of the Czech Republic and the European Championship with a brand new BMW M3 E92 GTR, which the mechanics had built especially for this driver. For him, it was also mainly a familiarisation season with the car, with the main goal of the season being to gain as much experience as possible.
GAINING OF THE EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
In the 2009 racing season, our Nutrend racing team was fully focused on the FIA European Hill Climb Championship. During the winter break, the whole team was busy preparing for the upcoming season with one goal in mind, to attack the European Championship title. The team's driver, Václav Janík, who took part in the individual championship events that season, as he did the year before, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, took the lead in the very first European race and managed to keep the first place in the almost entire championship. After such a fantastic season, Team Nutrend racing won the 2009 European Hillclimb Championship title in Le Mont Dore, France, with two European rounds still to go.
Nutrend racing team also took part in the International Championship of the Czech Republic in hill climb car racing that season. Václav Janík with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, starting in Group A, took the start in each series, just like in the European championship.Unfortunately, as in the past seasons, due to several identical dates of the Czech and European championships, the Nutrend racing team could only participate in several domestic events, which meant the final second place in the overall classification of the International Championship of the Czech Republic.
THE BRONZE EUROPEAN MISSION
In the 2008 season, we continued to participate in the FIA Europen Hill Climb Championship as Team Nutrend racing within the Czech Republic. The only change for this year was a change of equipment, when we switched in group A from the original BMW M3 to a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII. So the first half of the championship was all about getting used to this car and also getting it set up correctly for the various European tracks. The second half of the championship was more cheerful and apart from one race we took the first place in all the other races. In the final classification of the European Hillclimb Car Championship, our Nutrend racing team took the third place overall.
Within the Czech Republic Championship, as in the last season, the team continued the cooperation with the Buggyra International Racing System team, where Václav Janík started for this team with BMW E46 in the E1 group. In group A there were David Grézl, Lukáš Kresta and Jan Kobrl, in group E1 Václav Janík and Karel Hubáček. In the final classification of the Czech Championship, the Buggyra International Racing System team was awarded the third place in the team cup.
THE ENTRY TO THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
In the 2007 racing season, we as Team Nutrend racing reached the top of the hillclimbing car racing. Because of the successes from previous racing seasons, we participated in the FIA Europen Hill Climb Championship for the first time as part of the Czech Republic's national team. In the competition of the European top drivers, we with the BMW M3 in a strong group A managed to take first place in the Portuguese Serra Da Estrela and the German Trier. In the overall classification of the European championship, our Nutrend racing team took the final fifth place, which put us among the elite of this championship.
In the beginning of the 2007 season we also started to cooperate with the Buggyra International Racing System team, which participates in the European Truck Racing Championship. Václav Janík competed for this team in the Czech Republic Hill Climb Championship with BMW E46, in group E1. Due to the same dates of the Czech and European championships, Václav Janík won the final third place in the overall scoring of the Czech Championship in group E1.
FIGHTING FOR THE FIA CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Our team Shleha-Janík Motorsport entered the new racing season of 2006 with the already proven BMW M3 car for group A, which we strengthened with a new sequential gearbox and KW shock absorbers. With this modified car, we achieved top positions in the FIA Challenge championship and recorded several important events of which we are very proud and which included the first place in Petrol Ferrari in Slovenia, Dobšiná in Slovakia and Cabar in Croatia.
Unfortunately, we also encountered behaviour that was not very fair-play. It was the last, and for our racing team a decisive race in Mickhausen, Germany, where we were disqualified under very strange conditions. This disqualification meant that we lost the gold and dropped to the second place in the overall qualification in the FIA International Hill Climb Challenge.
At the beginning of the 2006 racing season, our racing team Shleha-Janík motorsport concluded cooperation with Richard Vodička, for whom hillclimbing racing was a complete novelty. This very promising driver took part in the Czech Championship with a BMW M3 in Group N. His debut season was excellent and Richard achieved the title of Vice-Champion of the Czech Republic in Group N.
The European Vice Champions in Group A
Based on previous successes, in 2005 we reached the dream milestone of our racing career to date. We became representatives of the Czech Republic in hill climb car racing and our racing team participated for the first time in the FIA International Hill Climb Challenge series. So the 2005 season meant a new car setup for us, as well as starting on completely unfamiliar tracks with unfamiliar opponents. However, despite our initial fears, we managed to take the first place in a tightly contested race in Cabar, Croatia and Petrol Ferrari, Slovenia.
In the second half of the racing season we fared much better, but unfortunately a points deficit, caused by Serbian customs preventing our team from starting in Macedonia and a technical fault in Roga, Slovenia, relegated us to the fourth place in the overall FIA Challenge classification. In the A class over 2000 cc, we took the second place in this series. The same position was also obtained by our team in the Central European Zone Championship
In the 2004 season we continued to participate in the Czech Championship, the Slovak Championship, the Austrian Championship and other selected races of the Central European Zone Championship and the European Championship.
We had a great success in the Czech Championship series, which was winning three races at the Brno Dragon and both races in Ústí nad Orlicí. At the end of the season, when the first place in class A over 2000 cc was certain for us, we fought for the title of Czech Vice-Champion with Eduard Patera. In the last race, which was decisive, we won by 0.4 seconds.
During that season there were significant changes in technology and equipment. BMW M3 became the main car and our team competed with this car in the strongest class of touring cars of Group A.
We were newcomers in this class and the whole racing season meant, among other things, getting familiar with the car, its setup and we also had to get used to the new driving style of such a powerful car. That's why the third place in class A over 2000 cc and the fourth place in class A overall was a great success for our team."
The Champions of the Czech Republic - Škoda Felicia Kit Car
We entered the 2002 racing season with a new engine and many other, not only cosmetic, modifications. Our goal was one, and that was to win the Czech Championship. In all but one of the races in which our team participated, we finished first. Two races we did not finish. Unfortunately, as usual, one of them was the home track Ecce Homo Šternberk, where our petrol hose burst.
That year was our most successful so far and winning the title of Czech Champion and Czech Champion, which we managed to win in the penultimate race "Wallachian Hat" in Vsetín, has a huge weight for me and our entire racing team. It was not only my success, but the success of everyone who participated in the preparation of the car in any way.
In 2002, our team started to cooperate with the newcomer Pavel Schwarzer in the Czech Republic Hill Climb Championship. Pavel Schwarzer represented our team with Škoda Felicia MINI KIT. In his first racing season, this driver took the final seventh place and assured us of his qualities.
That year we also competed in the karting class, where our team was represented by the youngest, only eleven-year-old promising driver Jakub Horák, who in his second racing season finished in the third place in the CASTROL CAP series and in the Czech National Championship in the final sixth place out of a total of forty drivers.
Vice-champions of the Czech Republic
Skoda Felicia Kit Car
In the racing season of 2001 we started with the already mentioned Škoda Felicia KIT CAR, which we managed to get. After some minor modifications to the engine and gearbox, we set off for the 2001 racing season. The main task was to save and at the same time not to destroy the engine, which for financial reasons we could not rebuild. So it had to last the whole racing season.
We accomplished this task one hundred percent, and moreover, we won the first race in Brno and finished no worse than third in the others. Our team ended the year 2001 by winning the title of vice-champion of the Czech Republic.
In the racing season of 2000 we had the opportunity to start with Škoda Felicia. But perhaps because the competition came with 1400 cc engines with injection, and we still participated in the individual races of the Czech Republic hillclimb championship with a 1300 cc carburetor engine, we were not able to get a better position than 3rd and 4th place at the races in Vsetín.
With this result our team could hardly be satisfied, and therefore we increasingly considered the possibility of buying a car that, although not in top condition, was certainly capable of competition. Moreover, it would be a step forward for our team technically.
The now fully professional team was founded in 1996. The first car we used to take part in the individual races of the Czech Republic Hill Climb Championship was the Škoda Favorit 136L for Group A - 1300 cc.During the three years we spent with this car, we gained experience in this sport and gradually achieved better and better positions. The result was several second and third places in individual races of this series.
The year 1999 was considered to be the most successful year for this car, when the worst result in our class and this entire series was the fifth place. It was in this year that we finished second at the home race of the European Ecce Homo Championship in Šternberk, which was the maximum for our car and after this success no one with a car of the same designation finished better.