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04 Oktober 2004
Formula BMW ADAC Championship: Brno / Hockenheim
No luck on the home ground / Hard fight without reward

Race Report Brno, Round 17 & 18

Jan Charouz paid the price for not the best qualifying on the home ground at Brno and just missed the points in both races where he managed to overtake a lot of competitors.

The penultimate round of the ADAC Formula BMW championship took place in Brno, Czech Republic. However, the home ground did not represent any advantage to the trio of the Czech drivers because all teams had tested there. Charouz finished 16th in the both qualifying sessions and was a bit disappointed but he was still best of the home drivers. Masaryk Circuit is quite tricky place to overtake but Jan showed in both races that it is possible to do it. He finished 12th in the first race and was fighting very hard for points in the second one but lost it in the last corner.

Jan Charouz: "It is a shame that qualifying again let me down. The car felt okay but the lap time was not there. The first race went okay despite the balance of the car was not ideal. It was much better on Sunday but I had some strange problems with the engine. I was many times in the slipstream but I was not able to overtake and the competitors even pulled away! I think that could have finished easily in the top ten because I overtook many rivals in the technical parts of the track but lost on the straights."


Race Report Hockenheim, Round 19 & 20

Jan Charouz fought hard in the last races of the season at Hockenheim but was unable to score any point. He scored total three points during the season, which means 21st position overall.

The last races of the season symbolically reflected the picture from the whole season - Charouz was not happy with the qualifying performance but he showed that he is a real fighter and was able to make up a lot of places in the races. Wet qualifying sessions did not help Charouz to find the rhythm and the Czech driver finished in low 20th and 18th respectively. Charouz was as usual quick in the races and managed to improve his position but even with maximum effort was not able to score points. He finished 12th in the first race and had to retire from the second after a collision.

Jan Charouz: "I had expected a bit better weekend here especially as I had done very well in the season opener there. Unfortunately, the wet qualifying did not suit me and I ended too far back. I tried very hard to improve my position and I moved up a lot of places during the races but it was not enough. I think the first race was quite okay but one of my competitors closed the door in the second and I had to retire after the collision. Overall, I think that we have been quite competitive in the races during the whole season but struggled in the qualifying. However, it is difficult to practice because there are big testing restrictions during the season."


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