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Křenek Motorsport heads into 2018 season with AUDI RS 3 LMS



The Czech team Křenek Motorsport has announced a new acquisition for the upcoming season of ESET MMSR.

It had been already hinted by Josef Křenek’s team at the end of last year when Nimč got an opportunity to race in the ETCC finale with VW Golf TCR at Most.

Today, it has been confirmed, that a young talented driver Václav Nimč will continue to race for the top Czech team. However, Nimč is going to switch from Twingo Cup to the ESET Cup where he will drive a new Audi RS 3 LMS car. He is also set to take part in a one TCR Germany race at Red Bull Ring. Here is an interview with a team principal, Josef Křenek:

Why have you chosen Audi? Did you consider any other manufacturers?
We were considering more options. One of them was to race with Megane TCR, but in the end, we’ve decided for Audi, which is also the best choice for our title partner the NH Car company.

Is it just a one-year program or is there any chance for a longer involvement?
While TCR is still a very young category, there are no doubts that it’s the future. We are definitely interested in a long-term participation.

What are your plans for the upcoming 2018 season then?
To gain as much experience as possible. And to proper Václav for more demanding series as we are considering trying some international series like TCR Europe or Creventic.

Your team used Seat TCR car for many years. How much different is the new Audi? And what kind of change is it for your personnel?
These TCR cars are all almost identical, apart from the chassis. So, we still can use our previous experience. Most of the preparations and running will be carried out by our German partner LMS team. We’ve been working together with the team owner, Andreas Lautne since last year and the LMS had a huge part on winning the ETCC championship with Petr Fulín.

How does the pre-season testing plan look like?
We’re going to Misano for a two-day test later in March. And then straight to Hungaroring for the opening round.

And what does Václav Nimč say about the upcoming 2018 season?
I can’t even say how excited I’m about the 2018 season. At the end of the last year, it all looked like it’s over. Luckily, it has turned around since then and I can be back behind the steering wheel again this year. I’ve realised that there isn’t anything like certainty about your future in this sport and therefore, I’d like to enjoy my 2018 season as much as possible and get the best possible results. We do not have any season targets yet. Let’s wait and see how the first race at Hungaroring goes.