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1) Scuderia Praha has a 100 per cent strike rate at Brno…
It seems fitting that, following the Czech team’s commanding run at the Hankook 12H MUGELLO to become the first repeat winner of the year, Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha heads into an event at which they’ve been equally as successful over the years. Indeed, in the previous two outings of the Brno event to-date, Scuderia Praha has been on pole position and the top step of the podium on each occasion time.
 
Interestingly, it turns out that only, of the Czech squad’s three-strong driver line-up, only Jiří Písařík will be gunning for his third straight win at the event. In 2015, the Czech driver teamed with Jaromír Jiřík, Peter Kox, and Matteo Mallucelli, while one year later, Písařík and Kox were instead joined by Tom Onslow-Cole and Josef Král. Of Písařík’s former staple, only Mallucelli will be in action in Brno.
 
2) …so does MSG Motorsport, but don’t expect that run to last. 
Delve further into the race results at Brno, and you’ll notice that Austrian ‘991’ class runners MSG Motorsport also has a perfect record in the Czech Republic, having taken the class win in 2015 with compatriots Klaus Bachler, Luca Rettenbacher and Felix Wimmer, and again in 2016 with Nico Rindlisbacher, Hendrik Still, Paul Scheuschner and Joachim Bölting.
 
Unlike Scuderia Praha though, MSG Motorsport will not be on the grid to defend its Hankook 12H BRNO record. Which, weirdly, opens up the possibility of another memorable moment at the event.
 
Should victory go to anyone other than reigning category champions Porsche Lorient Racing, the event would celebrate a brand new ‘991’ class winner. DUWO Racing is a former CUP1 class champion in the 24H SERIES, but enters only its third race in the 991-class, and has so far failed to be classified this year. Ditto reigning SP2 European Champion Speed Lover, which didn’t manage to get out the blocks in Spa after technical issues struck before the race.
 
3) Expect Ferrari and Mercedes to be on the podium. Maybe… 
Of the six outright podiums up for grabs over the last two years, all of them have gone to Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG, with each brand taking three apiece. Scuderia Praha’s two race wins, we already know about, and RPD Racing’s impressive run to 3rd in 2016 with the SP2-class entered Ferrari 458 Challenge brings that total to three. Mercedes-AMG meanwhile split the prancing horses that year with 2nd place for Hofor-Racing, while RAM Racing and SPS automotive performance rounded out the podium in 2015.
 
Logic would suggest then that the Italian brand and the Silver Arrows will monopolise the top spots once again in 2019, right?
 
…perhaps. The 2019 European Championship so far hasn’t exactly been kind to Mercedes, the AMG GT3 still yet to take an outright podium finish – Hofor-Racing and CP Racing came closest by finishing 4th in Mugello and Spa respectively – while, ironically, key rival Audi has claimed three, equalling Ferrari, and one more than Porsche. Keep a close eye on Car Collection Motorsport and Herberth Motorsport.  

4) In the 36 hours of the 12H / 24H BRNO to-date, there have been only 5 Code 60 caution periods 
Just take a second to really breathe that figure in. At this year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI, there were 19 Code 60 periods encompassing 3h 57m. Last month, in Mugello, the purple flags were flown 18 times. COTA ’18? 11 times for just over an hour.
 
By comparison, Brno in 2015 and 2016 have compiled just five caution periods between them. For additional context, only three 24H SERIES events since then have bettered or equalled that number, all of them in 2017, bizarrely. Both the Hankook 12H MAGNY-COURS and the 24H COTA USA had five Code 60 caution periods, while the TCE-only Hankook 24H MISANO had just three.

5) Could we see the sixth different winner in SP3? 
Should Team ABBA manage to secure SP3-class victory at Brno, this would make the British team the sixth different team in succession to score a victory in the category. This would be hot on the heels of CWS (Barcelona ‘18 and Spa ‘18), Cor Euser Racing (COTA ‘18), Vortex V8 (Dubai ’19), Amag First Centri Porsche Ticino (Mugello ’19) and PROsport Performance (Spa ’19).
 
On top of that, it would also mark the first 24H TCE SERIES class win for the British team since the 2016 Hankook 24H SILVERSTONE.
 
Should, however, CWS Engineering take its first SP3-class win of the season with the Ginetta G55, it would be the British marque’s first class win at Brno.
 

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