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GT1s In The Czech Republic

Pics and data from Štěpán Koutník

One of the spin-off benefits from the DSC GT1 Week some weeks ago was a flurry of reader correspondence with snippets of information that could usefully be added to the archive.

One such series of emails came from Štěpán Koutník from the Czech Republic who was keen to fill in some gaps on the GT1  scene in his home country, in particular the history of the national Blue Riband endurance event, the 6h Epilog Brno.

“The race starts at 14:00 and finishes at 20:00.  It takes place in October so there are always low temperatures and  darkness falls early.”

The race saw some significant international popularity within 2007 & 2008 though the race was dominated by ex-DTM cars from 2005-2010 with the exception of 2009.

One particular local highlight was the ex Carsport Pagani Zonda GR, the car, a famous under-performer at both Sebring and Le Mans in 2003, later purchased and heavily upgraded by Czech publisher Antoni­n Herbeck and his team in an epic tale of passion over logic.

The GT1 cars that featured were:

Corvette C5-R AT Racing (2007/2009)



Chassis C5R-007.
2007 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Renauer Motorsport.
Drivers: Wolfgang Kaufmann, Alexander Talkanitsa.
Result: 27th (retired after 5 hours).

2008 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: AT Racing Team.
Drivers: Alexander Talkanitsa, Alexander Talkanitsa jr.
Result: 4th (7 laps behind winning Mercedes C-Klasse DTM).

2009 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: AT Racing Team.
Drivers: Alexander Talkanitsa, Alexander Talkanitsa jr.
Result: 1st (ahead of Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 430 GT2).

The temperature during the race never got higher than 5°C and all DTM cars did not race because of that. Believed to have been the last race of this car, AT Racing switching to GT Open with AF Corse and Ferrari 430 GT2. Between 2008 and 2009 it took part in endurance races (3h) in the Czech Championship (MMÄŒR), always losing to DTM cars, which were too fast for any of the GT1 cars.


Aston Martin DBR9



2007 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: EDM Motorsport.
Drivers: Peter Hardman, Nick Leventis.
Result: 3rd (5 laps behind winning Mercedes C Klasse DTM, 1 lap behind Audi A4 DTM).

2008 Czech Championship (sprint) finale in Brno.
Team: Charouz Racing System.
Driver: Stefan Mucke
Result: 2nd (behind Tomas Enge in Mercedes C Klasse DTM).


Ferrari 575 Maranello


2009 Czech Championship (sprint and endurance), spring and autumn races in Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antonin Herbeck, Michael Vorba.
Results: One of the best GT cars behind DTMs in qualifying, mixed results in races.

2010 Czech Championship (endurance), spring race in Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antoni­n Herbeck, Erik Janis.
Results: Good qualifying, DNF in the race, the purpose of this car was mainly to keep racing while the Pagani Zonda underwent substantial modifications.


Pagani Zonda GR



2007 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antonin Herbeck, Michael Vorba.
Result: DNF (after 52 minutes, 22 laps).

2008 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antoni­n Herbeck, Michael Vorba, Cunningham (UK).
Result: DNF (after 2,5 hours, 63 laps).

2010 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antonin Herbeck, Erik Janis.
Result: DNF (after 2,5 hours, 53 laps).

2011 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antonin Herbeck, Erik Janis, Jakub Kubas.
Result: DNF (after 1,5 hours, 39 laps).

2012 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors.
Drivers: Antoni­n Herbeck, Wolfgang Kaufmann.
Result: DNF (after 2,8 hours, 65 laps).

2013 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: Rock Media Motors
Drivers: Antonin Herbeck, Tomas Liedl
Result: Stopped after 2h counting towards Czech Champ.

2014 DMV TCC.
Team: Rock Media Racing.
Driver: Antonin Herbeck.
Results: Mixed top 5 when working.


Maserati MC12 GT1


2008 6h Epilog Brno.
Team: JMB Racing.
Drivers: Maurice Basso, Peter Kutemann, Antoine Gosse.
Result: DNF (after 1 hour, 23 laps).