Černý: Home ERC round one to forget
Jan Černý’s home round of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship was effectively over just after it had begun thanks to a mechanical failure on the very first stage.
Černý, who is part of his country’s federation-backed ACCR Czech Rally Team, was forced to complete the event under Rally2 rules following a troubled run through the Zlín street stage on Friday night.
“For sure the problems all started on the first stage where we lost the wheel, we didn’t hit anything, we just lost the wheel, the same like for [Václav] Pech,” Černý explained. “That was strange and quite difficult because we also got a five-minute penalty for not completing the stage.”
With his hopes of a strong result over, Barum Czech Rally Zlín turned into an exercise of damage limitation.
“It was the first proper stage [on Saturday] and I used the wet tyre, which I don’t really like. When I changed for the slick one it was quite good with good times in the top five. But then we had a puncture and lost more time.
“We started Sunday with the wet tyres, just one good stage for us, but we are at the finish and we have some points and that’s good although both rallies in the European championship this year have not been good for me.”