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Golden Era Of Czech Sports Prototypes

Results and Galleries

Not very well know was the era of group 6 official Czecho-Slovakian Championship in Western Europe. But especially since 1972 till 1980 there was an interesting championship for these cars where several cars appeared. Factory Skoda Motorsport took the part in the championship with own group 6 car called Skoda Spider I. Another factory team came from Plzen - MTX with types 2-01 (3 cars made) and later 2-03 (9 cars made). Several self-made cars of local pilots filled the entries. But the most succesful car was german Brixner which was made special for Miroslav Adamek, who was the king of this serie.



More from the history:

In the beginnings of 70´years was based the Czechoslovakian sportscar championship. At first it was for group 5 cars. The major part of the field were cars based on some types of Czech mark Skoda. But very soon the first prototypes were raced here. First of all it was a sport prototype of the mark Skoda, namely Skoda Spider 1500 (or Skoda Spider I). This car was special made for this national championship and raced by works team and driven by Jaroslav Bobek. He took the championship in 1971 with older car from Skoda. In the next year two another spiders were shown in this serie. The producer was Metalex (=MTX). It is a small but the best racing company in Czech Republic only for car racing. They produced many formula types (MTX 1-01, 1-02, ..1-10) in hundreds pieces. Their first sport prototype was called MTX 2-01. The drivers were Karel Jilek, Vaclav Bervid senior and Smid. But in the final standing Jaroslav Bobek was the best. On the second place finished Halada on BMW 2002. The best MTX spider was on the fourth place ahead of Alfa Romeo with Tvrdy on the wheel. In 1973 MTX worked on third spider. The battle of the title was very fascinated. When the last race was ran, there were three drivers who could be the champion, Bobek, Jilek and Halada. Bobek had troubles with engine in training. The works team had to speculate and changed the engine from their second car (Skoda 120-1800 OHC driven by Horsak, the winner of the first race in this season). At the first corner led Bobek. Jilek fought with Halada. Horsak with other engine raced on the fourth place. This situation continued to the fifth lap, when the engine of Bobek Skoda Spider lost power. He was out of the battle of title. But Halada led ahead of Jilek. In 18th lap one of outsiders, Placek (Lada 2101) retarded Halada in one curve, Jilek took his position and ran at the first position to the end of the race, to 30th lap. It was the first title for MTX.

Bobek raced very well in the next season, his car was upgraded and he became the champion once again. Not even new BMW 2000 Alpina engine in Jilek MTX 2-01 could help. But to tell the truth, Jilek could be the winner, but in the last curve of the final race of the season, Bobek sent Jilek out of the track and Jilek couldn't continued. The shade stayed with Jilek also in the next year. He was very quick, but in the final standing he rest behind. Skoda presented their new prototype. It was Skoda 733 Spider II with two litres engine. Bobek who took the championships title drove it. But we could see more sports prototypes here. For example two beautiful cars from Brno, Roots - Moskvitch, Gazela B5 driven by Zdenek Valek, we will heard about him especially in group 6 championship after some years. In 1976 was finally the quickest man Velimsky on Porsche 911 Carrera. The latest spider from Skoda didn't race, because of terrible crash in hill climb race Hlasna Treban. But the news was two spiders from Slovakia called Giom prepared by Nemec. In next season a new group 6 saw the light of the World. In this championship were raced for example MTX 2-01, Brixner, Giom 3 and VM 02 (construed by Mihalik, long time the top of Czechoslovakian sportscars racing). The best driver was Miran Velkoborsky (MTX 2-01 BMW), known by his experiences in INTERSERIE Coupe.

The group 5 was removed from this championship and only sportscar of group 6 could be started. 22 drivers were in entry, but only 12 of them scored. Because of the 1300 ccm limit we could see not so quick cars as before, but the field was most aligned. MTX prepared five new cars (MTX 2-03) and many self-constructions were made there. The quickest driver was Miroslav Adamek, another Czech driver known from INTERSERIE and one World Sports Prototypes Championship participation. He won all three championships for group 6 that were raced, and so all the seasons in national hill climb championships. He is still the best sportscar racer we have ever had. The Metalex cars were aligned beyond him. The last season was given in 1980. Adamek was still the best, but even quicker was Jaroslav Surowka (MTX 2-03 Ford Wittwer Cosworth). He won all the races he completed! It was a shame in final lap of the last race, the rear tire was blown and Surowka couldn't finish this very well done race. In the final scratch he was on the third place beyond Adamek and Zdenek Valek.

The only one sportscar championship in Czechoslovakia was cancelled. The beautiful prototypes continued the racing in hill climb races. But it is another story. Story about new drivers, Miroslav Srachta Jiri Svec, Viktor Mihalik, Jan Vonka, Julius Koncek... They made Czechoslovakian hill climb races more attractively. But we cannot see much new prototypes, they raced usually on the old MTX 2-03 or self-construction prototypes (JSK, VM, JUKO...).


Thanks to our cooperation with a well know server www.racingsportscars.com we are proud to introduce you the history of this championship with photos and results.



Hera are some links to photogalleries of the championship and non-championship races:


1969
Olomouc
1970
Terlicko
1972
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Schleiz
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1973
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Piestany
1974
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Ostrava
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1975
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Piestany
1976
Ostrava
Schleiz
Piestany
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Havirov
1977
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Ostrava
Piestany
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Havirov
1978
Havirov
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Ostrava
Piestany
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1979
Ostrava
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Havirov
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1980
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1981
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1983
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1988
Havirov



Autor: Roman Krejčí  (Všechny články autora)
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