First february weekend there was a winter motorsport festival called GP ICE RACE 2020 in Austrian Zell am See. Festival follows a longtime tradition of winter races held in Zell am See. Organisers themselves compare this event to winter edition of Speed festival in Goodwood. There were over 16000 motorsport fans visiting the airport on the side of this town during the weekend. During these two days you could see historical cars, rally specials, unique prototypes, rare museum sport cars but also tuned touring cars owned by all age category motorcar enthusiasts. Organisers Ferdinand Porsche and Vincent Greger along with german motrosport legend Hans-Joachim Stuck made once again very attractive list of racers.
Most common brand on track was Porsche with its different cars. There were historical gems like 356 as well as 356 Speedster, air cooled models 911, Carrera RS with iconic “duck tail” and even current racing specials 911 GT3 RS or Cup version. Group of fanatics from Czech Republic introduced their Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Great handling was shown by Porsche 953, special model for rally Paris-Dakar 1984 when World champion, Olympic and World Cup winner in Alpine skiing Aksel Lund Svindal was showing his skiing art and skills on its towing rope. He showed us that skijoring is not strange for him either. Within a public drives could important guests and chosen winners have a ride in brand new fully electric Taycan Turbo S. Driven by well experienced pilot of Porsche Experience program Richard Lietz, it didn’t get behind in drifts on ice against pure sport special models and definitely brought unforgettable adrenaline experience for all passengers.
With two Fabia R5 EVO took part even a ŠKODA team, within competition called Ice Race of Champions. There were four rally racers changing behind the steer wheels: German champion Fabian Kreim, Austrian vice-champion Julian Wagner, Slovakian champion Martin Koči and European junior champion Filip Mareš. After all one-to-one duels won Fabian Kreim who followed last year winner Jan Kopecký. He sat behind the steer wheel within showing rides for visitors and invited guests of Škoda Motorsport, this year.
Even with unfavourable weather – fog with temperature over freezing point, perfectly made ice track managed the studded tyres storm. Some cars fit more for this conditions, some cars fit less – meant that when analog rally specials roistered on track, their studded tyres were “biting” deep into the snow and ice and ripping out the frozen water. While when serial cars entered the track and tried to beat the ruts from previous models, there were plastic pieces from spoilers and wheel arches flying away. Taycans will probably not drive like this in real.. However visitors could fully enjoy the “battles” on track. I’m sure that all racers and spectators already can’t wait for next year. So see you again next year in January in Zell am See “servus”!