The ACCR Czech Team had plenty to celebrate on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the sixth event of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship.
Jan Černy finished a season-best second in the ERC Junior Under 28 category with Filip Mareš doing likewise in ERC Junior Under 27. And the combined efforts of Mareš and team-mate Dominik Brož helped the ACCR Czech Team to top score in the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams for the first time.
However, despite their success both Černy and Mareš were left frustrated having had the pace to win their respective classes only to be slowed by punctures.
“I am not really happy because I wanted to fight for the victory in Junior and also for a good result overall,” said Černy. “But I am unlucky. We had a puncture, it’s part of the game but it makes me quite sad because we were in a good position, I had much more confidence, we were improving and I was enjoying myself.”
Mareš said: “I am quite satisfied with the end result but we lost a lot of time with the puncture although it was still a very good result for us in our home rally. We were in the battle for the win when we got our puncture so I was quite satisfied with our pace. The problem with the clutch made it difficult and stressful but we were concentrated and focused on what we had to do.”
Brož added: “The whole week was good for me but I’m sad we had a problem with the engine and the electronics. We also had some problems with the brakes on the first day and went off in a field. But we continue again and we got good confidence in the car.”