The team led by Radim Adámek has been gradually growing since its debut in TCR Eastern Europe in 2019 and changed its name to ADITIS RACING this season. Ambitions are the highest for this season – fight for the championship by number one driver Bartosz Groszek.
How do you manage the role of a driver and the role of a team manager?
I think that the tasks in the team are well divided and in races I can focus as much as possible on my driving performance. The team has regular members, so everyone already knows exactly what to do and I can move away from my team duties during race weekends. So far, both roles have been managed without major problems.
You have been at TCR Eastern Europe since the start of the championship in 2019. How the team has been growing during that time?
When I remember our beginnings in TCR, then it was a completely different team than today. We used to have one car and the team had four members. Today, we are 12 members team, we have own engineer, two cars and a lot of experience. The weekend at TCR Europe in Monza at the end of the 2021 season speaks for itself. We have proved that we are competitive and can fight with factory teams at the European level. After this great progress, I decided to make a few minor changes and rename the team. We are already starting the 2022 season as a Czech team ADITIS RACING.
And how do you evaluate the development of the TCR Eastern Europe championship?
Very positive. It is such a gateway to a large TCR world. Thanks to Mr. Křenek, this competition is getting better every year and thanks to the RaceStar program, it is also more accessible for other drivers. I am glad that our team can be part of this project.
You enter two Audi RS3 again, with Bartosz Groszek driving one, and you driving the other. How do you evaluate Groszek’s performances so far and what results do you expect from him?
Bartosz’s performances so far were not only a big surprise for us. During the 2021 season, the skilful boy became a big star. Last year, he stood on the podium on all four race weekends he participated in. At the end of the season at TCR Europe in Monza, Bartosz was in a dream company when, as a Rookie winner, he sprayed champagne with TCR world’s biggest stars (Azcona, Girolami, Coronel) on the podium. And deservedly, because after the qualification Bartosz was in 8th place absolutely in Europe. The goal for this season is clear for Bartosz – to win TCR Eastern Europe.
What expectations you have as a driver this season?
I do not have great ambition as Bartosz, but I would like to be useful number two driver and help him to victory in the championship. I would like to move in midfield and sometimes look into TOP3.
And what goals do you set for your team?
Last year we finished 3rd in the teams. We would like to defend or even improve this result. Meeting the goals will also depend on the quality of the starting list and the luck, which is also needed in this sport. We also want to start at selected TCR Europe events and gain more experience.
How old are your cars and how do you think they will stand in competition with newer cars?
We do have two older Audi, but last year we were able to keep up with newer cars. I believe that this year will not be different. Of course, we do not want to lose contact with the development of the TCR, and if all goes well, we will deploy the third car, this time a new Audi, in the middle of the season.
The Red Bull Ring has returned to the calendar this year, how do you welcome this change?
Red Bull Ring is a modern complex with representative facilities. All tracks where formula 1 race have a specific atmosphere. On the other hand, this impression is a bit spoiled by the fact that it is perhaps the only circuit where you pay extra for the damage caused to the barriers. The Red Bull Ring makes me feel mixed, but I’m looking forward to it.