Hyundai Janík Motorsport will field three Hyundai Elantra TCR cars this season, with Slovakian Mato Homola in one car, Polish karting talent Karol Czepiel in the other and Adam Kout and Petr Semerád in the third car.
The Czech racing team is not planning to compete in TCR Europe this year, instead focusing its attention exclusively on TCR Eastern Europe and preparing a project to return to the European championship. So in 2023, we will only see Hyundai Janík Motorsport in TCR Eastern Europe, where it won the Teams’ championship last year and driver Petr Semerád fought for the Drivers’ Championship. Semerád will return to the team after the winter break, but with a limited programme. He is expected to alternate in the ESET RaceStar supported car with Adam Kout throughout the season. Kout is returning to motorsport after a three-year break.
“As I am in charge of the Hyundai brand in our family business, I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to race a Hyundai car. I am looking forward to working with the Hyundai Janík Motorsport team, who have a lot of experience with TCR, and I believe it will be a successful collaboration,” says former formula racer and Superkart champion Adam Kout.
Mato Homola will have the main responsibility to lead the Hyundai Janík Motorsport team to the drivers’ title. His extensive experience from TCR Europe scene makes him the hot favourite. He already proved this in TCR Eastern Europe last year, when he took part in the home round at the Slovakia Ring with Hyundai Janík Motorsport and dominated both races.
Karol Czepiel will also complete the season with the support of Orlen Team. The young Polish racer has spent previous years in karting and this year he is set to make debut in a race car on the big circuits. Czepiel has won Polish championship and became Italian vice-champion in karting.
“By winning the team points last year and being second in the individuals, our ambitions are the highest. We are going to at least defend last year’s successes and make up for what we ‘missed’ last year. Maťo is fast and experienced driver, so we expect top positions from him. He will also support our new drivers,” says team boss and driver Václav Janík, who made his debut in TCR Eastern Europe last year and recorded several podium finishes.