Mon 29 Apr 2024

New car and new ambitions for Fučík in 2024

FIA European Rallycross Championship regular Aleš Fučík will head into Euro RX1 battle this season with a new car at his disposal – one previously piloted by six-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, no less.

Crowned European Autocross Champion in the TouringAutocross division in 2017, Fučík stepped up to rallycross the following year in Euro RX’s headlining category, running under the KRTZ Motorsport ACCR Czech Team banner. Since then, he has scored points 11 times from 18 outings, with a best result of sixth place – just one spot shy of the final – in Hungary in 2022, and a highest championship finish of eighth in 2020.

The upcoming campaign will mark the Czech driver’s fourth full season in Euro RX, and in evidence of his intent, he has acquired an ex-Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo, raced in the RallyX series by Kristoffersson in 2022 and Ole Christian Veiby in 2023.

Fučík has been putting the car through its paces in both testing and race conditions, recently reaching the rostrum in the second round of the Hungarian Rallycross Championship at Nyirád behind Tamás Kárai and Máté Benyó. He similarly plans to contest the forthcoming Austrian and Czech Championship event at Fuglau, before the 2024 Euro RX action gets underway at Essay in France on 8-9 June – the first of five rounds on the series’ schedule.

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“After last season, I was thinking about how to create new motivation for myself and the team,” reflected Fučík, who celebrated his 50th birthday last summer. “The old car was no longer enough from an engine point-of-view to take on the best, so we needed to look for something new.

“Audi and Hyundai are financially out of our reach, so the options were the [Ford] Fiesta or staying with Volkswagen. After I contacted Tommy Kristoffersson, who told me they would sell their ‘old’ cars, it was the obvious choice. We went to Sweden for a test, and then we made a deal.

“We are still getting to know the car. It’s a completely different concept compared to our previous Polo. There are still more testing kilometres to go and I’m continuing to explore the limits, but I have to say, it’s a big change for the better.

“Let’s see what kind of competition we will meet at the start, but I would like to finish as high as possible in the European Championship. In the past, my maximum was the semi-finals. Now, my aim is to get into the final in every round.”

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