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  • Rally Český Krumlov: Hattrick win for Jan Kopecký and ŠKODA

    ​› Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5) remain undefeated in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
    › Czech champions score third consecutive victory in Czech Rally Championship 2017 (MČR), winning Rally Český Krumlov for the third time in a row
    › ŠKODA factory team fastest on 15 out of 16 stages

    ​Český Krumlov, 20 May 2017 – Double hattrick for Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5). The defending Czech champions won Rally Český Krumlov after 2015 and 2016 for the third consecutive time, also racking up the third win in a row in the Czech Rally Championship 2017 (MČR). ŠKODA privateers Jan Černy/Petr Černohorský finished fourth,  trailing Ford pairings Vacláv Pech jun./Petr Uhel (CZE/CZE) and Miroslav Jakeš/Marcela Ehlová (CZE/CZE).

    Rally Český Krumlov is one of the most traditional rallies in Czech Republic. In the region of Southern Bohemia, the drivers are competing on challenging special stages in a beautiful landscape. The only surprise came on sunny Friday, when it was not ŠKODA factory driver Jan Kopecký but Ford driver Dohnal who won the first short special stage. But after that, the world of Czech rallying returned to business as usual with a dominating Jan Kopecký.
    Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler were fastest on all remaining 15 stages with their ŠKODA FABIA R5 and won Rally Český Krumlov for a third time in a row. After three victories on the first three rounds of Czech Rally Championship (MČR), the ŠKODA works pairing so far seems unstoppable on home ground. “I really enjoy driving here, it is a really pleasure to have a perfect rally car like the ŠKODA FABIA R5”, Jan Kopecký commented at the finish line in České Budějovice. “There are two main factors ŠKODA can really count on in the world of rallying – the speed and reliability of Jan Kopecký, Pavel Dresler and the ŠKODA FABIA R5”, a delighted ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek added.

    Jan Černy/Petr Černohorský in a private ŠKODA FABIA R5, just recovered from a huge accident in the recent round of FIA European Rally Championship (ECR) on Gran Canaria, finished fourth behind the Ford pairings Pech jun./Uhel (CZE/CZE) and Jakeš/Ehlová (CZE/CZE).
    Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler now have a comfortable lead in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) ahead of Vacláv Pech jun./Petr Uhel and Jan Černy/Petr Černohorský.

    Rally Český Krumlov (MČR), final result
    1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 1:33:09.3 h.
    2. Pech jun./Uhel (CZE/CZE), Ford Fiesta R5, +1:42.2 min.
    3. Jakeš/Ehlová (CZE/CZE), Ford Fiesta R5, +2:21.4 min.
    4. Černy/Černohorský jun. (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +2:42.6 min.
    5. Štajf/Rajnoha(CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +3:14.4 min.
    Number of the day: 3
    Kopecký/Dresler (CZE/CZE) won Rally Český Krumlov for the third time in a row and all of three rallies of the Czech Rally Championship 2017 (MČR).

    2017 calendar of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
    Event/ Date
    Valašská Rally;   25/03/–26/03/2017
    Rally Šumava Klatovy; 21/04/–22/04/2017
    Rally Český Krumlov; 19/05/–20/05/2017
    Rally Hustopeče; 16/06/–17/06/2017
    Rally Bohemia; 01/07/–02/07/2017
    Barum Czech Rally Zlín;   25/08/–27/08/2017
    Rally Příbram; 06/10/–08/10/2017
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  • Rally Portugal: Victory for Pontus Tidemand and ŠKODA – last minute drama for Andreas Mikkelsen

    ​› Tidemand/Andersson winning Rally Portugal driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5
    › Teammates Mikkelsen/Jæger-Synnevaag retiring on last stage while leading rally
    › Ninth win in a row for ŠKODA in World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
    › Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson extending the lead in the championship
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “We feel sorry for Andreas, but we are happy about the victory of Pontus who did a great rally.”

    ​Matosinhos/Portugal, 21 May 2017 – Ups and downs for ŠKODA Motorsport at Rally Portugal: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Synnevaag (NOR/NOR) were dominating the event in a ŠKODA FABIA R5 up to the last stage. A few kilometres into the Fafe Power Stage, they hit a stone and had to retire handing over the victory to teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE). The Swedish ŠKODA pairing won their fourth event in 2017 with a courageous and faultless drive and managed to enlarge their lead in the World Rally Championship (WRC 2).

    ​The last and sunny day of Rally Portugal saw the continuation of the intense fight for second in WRC 2 right from the re-start. The smooth and fast gravel roads close to the village of Fafe in the northeast of Porto as always attracted thousands of enthusiastic rally fans.

    The famous Fafe jump made up the background not only for the fierce battle for second place between ŠKODA factory driver Pontus Tidemand and Teemu Suninen in a private Ford. Fourth placed ŠKODA privateer Quentin Gilbert spectacularly crashed right after the jump. His ŠKODA FABIA R5 landed on its nose, rolled and-over-end and blocked the narrow road causing the interruption of the stage. Due to the safety package of the car, Gilbert and co-driver Renaud Jamoul went away without any injuries.

    At the top of the WRC 2 category, Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jæger-Synnevaag (ŠKODA FABIA R5) started the last day with a comfortable lead of more than three minutes and were facing a dominant victory in WRC 2. But on the last test, the Fafe Power Stage, Mikkelsen made a mistake, the ŠKODA hitting a stone and having to stop. “I feel so disappointed for the whole team who gave me such a perfect car for this rally,” Mikkelsen commented his last minute drama.

    On the first three stages of the morning, Pontus Tidemand with a controlled and fast drive managed to maintain the gap between him and Ford driver Teemu Suninen, who was no longer able to challenge for second in WRC 2. After he saw his teammate Mikkelsen stopped in the last stage, Tidemand realised that was in the lead. But he also had to fight in the stage to secure his win. Tidemand hit a rock too, thought he had a puncture and slowed down. Therefore, he lost nearly 15 seconds in the ultimate stage to Suninen. But Tidemand/Andersson kept a margin of eleven seconds over the Ford team finally securing victory. “I am happy to win – but I feel really sorry for Andreas. Sometimes, our sport can be brutal. I am satisfied with my performance in Portugal and I got the maximum points for the championship,” Pontus Tidemand concluded.

    ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek had mixed emotions at the finish of Rally Portugal. “It could have been a fantastic weekend for ŠKODA Motorsport, but Andreas and Anders had bad luck. Things like this are a part of the sport – he showed a fantastic pace and deserved to win. Pontus and Jonas impressed me with a very smart and fast strategy. Now, they are clearly in the best position for the title fight. Our ŠKODA FABIA R5 proved again not only to be the fastest but also the most reliable car in the World Rally Championship’s category WRC 2.”

    The victory in Portugal was the ninth success in a row for the Czech manufacturer. Out of the last 17 WRC 2 events, ŠKODA won 16.

    Final Result Rally Portugal (WRC 2)

    1. Tidemand/Andersson (SWE/SWE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 3:54:17.6 h
    2. Suninen/Markkula (FIN/FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, +11.2 sec.
    3. Tempestini/Bernacchini (ITA/ITA), Citroën DS3 R5, +7.00.6 min.
    4. Campos/Costa (PRT/PRT), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 9:19.3 min.
    5. Pieniazek/Mazur (POL/POL), Peugeot 208 T16, + 10.59.5 min.

    Current standings WRC 2 after six rounds

    1. Pontus Tidemand (SWE), ŠKODA, 100 points
    2. Teemu Suninen (FIN), Ford, 54 points
    3. Eric Camilli (FRA), Ford, 52 points
    4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), ŠKODA, 50 points

    Number of the day: 16

    Out of the last 17 World Championship Rallies ŠKODA won 16 times category WRC 2. Since Rally of Spain last year, the factory team is unbeaten and scored nine wins in a row.

    The 2017 calendar of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)

    Event/ Date               
    Rally Monte Carlo; 19/01/–22/01/2017
    Rally Sweden; 09/02/–12/02/2017
    Rally Mexico; 09/03/–12/03/2017
    Rally France; 06/04/–09/04/2017
    Rally Argentina; 27/04/–30/04/2017
    Rally Portugal; 18/05/–21/05/2017
    Rally Italy; 08/06/–11/06/2017
    Rally Poland; 29/06/–02/07/2017
    Rally Finland; 27/07/–30/07/2017
    Rally Germany; 17/08/–20/08/2017
    Rally Spain; 05/10/–08/10/2017
    Rally Great Britain; 26/10/–29/10/2017
    Rally Australia; 16/11/–19/11/2017
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  • APRC National Capital Rally Canberra: Ole Christian Veiby wins for ŠKODA MRF ahead of teammate Gaurav Gill

    › Team ŠKODA MRF with second double victory in 2017 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)
    › Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn beating two-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot
    › ŠKODA FABIA R5 drivers leading from start to finish

    Canberra/Australia, 28 May 2017 – Second rally in Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), same story: ŠKODA MRF teams Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn (NOR/NOR) and Gaurav Gill/Stéphane Prévot (IND/BEL) were fighting right from the start for the victory. On the first day of the event, the lead changed several times between the two ŠKODA MRF drivers. On leg two OC Veiby pulled away and secured his maiden APRC victory.

    ​The second round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) took place around the host city of Canberra, the capital of Australia some 300 kilometres northwest of Sydney. In the past the Australian round of APRC was held around Queensland. After the event’s switch to the Canberra region none of the APRC regulars had the advantage of already knowing the event. Also for Team ŠKODA MRF and their drivers Gaurav Gill and Ole Christian Veiby the rally was completely new.

    Two equally well prepared ŠKODA FABIA R5 and unknown stages were the ingredients for an epic fight between both ŠKODA MRF drivers. Reigning APRC champion Gaurav Gill scored the fastest time on the opening stage, but Ole Christian Veiby immediately fought back with the fastest time on the next one. The lead changed several times during day one. Gill scored four stage wins, Veiby three. At the end of leg one Veiby was in the lead with a margin of just eleven seconds. Gill struggled during the day with a small hole in the intercooler, probably causing some power loss and was not satisfied with the set up of his car. Veiby was totally happy: “Today has been really good. I have enjoyed the rally a lot so far, it’s something special. We had our issues as well today with a small puncture at the end of a stage, but all is going well.”

    At the evening service Gaurav Gill made some changes to the set up of his ŠKODA FABIA R5, but unfortunately they went into the wrong direction. As a consequence during the second leg Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot were no longer able to fight for victory. On the remaining five stages of the rally (stage 13 was cancelled due to weather affected roads) Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn scored three fastest times on the way to their maiden APRC victory.

    At the finish in Canberra Ole Christian Veiby was celebrating. “After our bad luck at the opening round of APRC in New Zeeland, I am more than happy to win here in Australia. Thanks to ŠKODA MRF for giving me such a fantastic car. My ŠKODA FABIA R5 was running like clockwork”, Veiby concluded.

    After two APRC rounds Ole Christian Veiby is leading the overall classification ahead of teammate Gaurav Gill. Due to logistical reasons, the scheduled next rally in China has been cancelled.

    Therefore Malaysia and the city of Johor Bahru will host the third round of the Championship in August.

    Final Result APRC National Capital Rally Canberra,
    2nd round of FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)

    1. Veiby/Skjarmœn (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 2:15:11.2 h
    2. Gill/Prévot (IND/BEL), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 0:49.3 min
    3. Ketomaa/Mannisenmäki, (FIN/FIN), Mitsubishi Mirage AP4, + 2:05.6 min
    4. Blomberg/Andersson (SWE/SWE), Mitsubishi Mirage AP4, + 14:19.0 min
    5. Markovic/Feaver (AUS/AUS), Subaru Impreza WRX STi, + 15:36.6 min
    6. Penny/Penny (AUS/AUS), Subaru Impreza WRX STi, + 17:33.7 min

    Current standings APRC after two rounds

    1. Veiby (NOR), ŠKODA, 70 points
    2. Gill (IND), ŠKODA, 68 points
    3. Blomberg (SWE), Mitsubishi, 44 points
    4. Ketomaa (FIN), Mitsubishi, 30 points

    Number of the day: 11

    In 2017 the ŠKODA FABIA R5 was the winning car on all rounds of World Rally Championship/WRC 2 (6), Czech Rally Championship MČR (3) and Asia Pacific Rally Championship APRC (2), winning 11 events in total

    Calendar of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)

    Event/ Date
    Rally of Whangarei – New Zealand; 28/04–30/04/2017
    Rally Canberra – Australia; 26/05–28/05/2017
    China Rally (cancelled for APRC); 07/07–09/07/2017
    Malaysian Rally; 11/08–13/08/2017
    Rally Hokkaido – Japan; 15/09–17/09/2017
    Rally of India; 24/11–26/11/2017
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  • Rally Italia Sardegna: Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler return to the World Rally Championship

    ​› Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5) spearhead of ŠKODA Motorsport at the seventh round of the World Rally Championship (WRC 2) in Italy
    › In 2017 ŠKODA won every round of the WRC 2 championship, aiming for 10th win in a row since October 2016
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “After the good performance of Jan and Pavel at Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour de Corse I am looking forward to another top result”

    ​Mladá Boleslav, 7 June 2017 – Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5) are the spearhead of ŠKODA Motorsport at Rally Italia Sardegna coming weekend (8 – 11 June). After dominating all three rounds of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) are returning to World Rally Championship. The Czech pairing currently lies eighth in the WRC 2 category standings.

    ​Kopecký/Dresler already competed at the WRC Rally Monte Carlo (2nd in WRC 2 and 8th overall) and the Tour de Corse, where bad luck prevented a possible podium position. In 2015 and 2016  they finished second in WRC 2 on Sardegna and are now aiming for the win. “Rally Italia Sardegna is my first event on gravel this year. I had a very good pre-event test and cannot wait to drive the ŠKODA FABIA R5 on this nice gravel stages,” Jan Kopecký said.

    “Jan and Pavel in the last two years delivered a strong performance in Sardegna, they are really poised to win this year,” ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek confesses. The factory team is facing strong competition from Norwegian junior team Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn in their privately entered ŠKODA FABIA R5. Veiby proved his talent by winning the second round of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in Canberra/Australia and is well prepared for the gravel roads of Sardegna.

    Rally Italia Sardegna offers 19 special stages totalling 312 kilometres on rugged and sun-baked gravel roads. After the super special stage on Thursday close to the harbour of Alghero the rally heads to an overnight halt in Olbia. Friday features four stages in the north each being run twice. Saturday is the longest day of the rally with six special stages covering 144 kilometres. Sunday will bring the final decision with four stages close to the coast north of the host town of Alghero.

    Until today ŠKODA won nine consecutive WRC 2 rallies in a row. This winning sequence started at the Rally RACC Catalunya in October 2016. Out of the last 17 WRC 2 events, the Czech manufacturer won 16. 

    Did you know...

    ... that the Italian round of the World Rally Championship until 2003 was hold on the mainland of Italy and was based in Sanremo before it moved to Sardegna?

    …Michèle Mouton became the first – and until today only – woman to win a WRC round when she came first at Rally Sanremo in 1981?

    …that Rally Italia Sardegna features a famous jump, comparable to the Fafe jump in Portugal, which is called “Micky’s jump”?

    …Rally Italia was part of the World Rally Championship ever since it’s inauguration in 1973?

    The 2017 calendar of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)

    Event/ Date               
    Rally Monte Carlo; 19/01–22/01/2017
    Rally Sweden; 09/02–12/02/2017
    Rally Mexico; 09/03–12/03/2017
    Rally France; 06/04–09/04/2017
    Rally Argentina; 27/04–30/04/2017
    Rally Portugal;18/05–21/05/2017
    Rally Italy Sardegna; 08/06–11/06/2017
    Rally Poland; 29/06–02/07/2017
    Rally Finland; 27/07–30/07/2017
    Rally Germany; 17/08–20/08/2017
    Rally Spain; 05/10–08/10/2017
    Rally Great Britain; 26/10–29/10/2017
    Rally Australia; 16/11–19/11/2017
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  • Rally Italia Sardegna: Kopecký/Dresler secured their first WRC 2 win of the season for ŠKODA

    ​› Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5) achieved a dominant first WRC 2 win on Sardinia after three attempts
    › Reigning Czech rally champion scored 13 best times on 19 stages and moved up to fifth place in the championship standings
    › Second placed Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn (ŠKODA FABIA R5) of Team Printsport secured double win for the ŠKODA brand

    ​Alghero/Italy, 11 June 2017 – Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5) achieved a dominant win in WRC 2 category at Rally Italia Sardegna. From the second stage onwards, they controlled the competition and faultlessly drove with 13 best times on the 19 stages to their first WRC 2 win on Sardinia at their third attempt. For Kopecký, the victory on the Mediterranean island marked the third WRC 2 win in his career, for the first time winning a WRC event on gravel. Young stablemates Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 from private Team Printsport, drove three fastest times and came home second in WRC 2.

    ​With four more stages in the north of Alghero, covering around 42 Kilometres, the final sunny Sunday of the rally was a tough challenge for the teams. “The roads were really beaten up, especially on the second passage of the last stage. Today it was all about cruising to the finish and to secure second place in WRC 2”, emphasized Norwegian Youngster Ole Christian Veiby. He defended second position up to the finish which made him moving up to the sixth position in the World Rally Championship standings (WRC 2) behind Jan Kopecký.

    The reigning Czech rally champion had a prestige fight for R2 class victory with Ford driver Eric Camilli (who was not registered for WRC 2 championship points). At the end of leg two, Kopecký was only 0.9 seconds ahead of Camilli. On the final day the ŠKODA driver decided to concentrate on the WRC 2 victory. “It would have been nice to stay ahead of Camilli, but he was pushing to the limit while I had to drive without taking unnecessary risks to secure WRC 2 victory and valuable championship points”, Kopecký said. The second last stage was stopped due to an accident of Hayden Paddon, his car blocking the road. On the remaining short Power Stage, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler achieved special stage win number 13 in the WRC 2 category and rewarded themselves with a well deserved victory.

    ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek was happy with the performance of the Czech pairing. “Jan and Pavel were very fast, smart and clever. Congratulations also to Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn for the second place and their excellent performance. While our competitors in WRC 2 were struggling, we could be more than happy with an absolute trouble free performance of both teams and their ŠKODA FABIA R5”, commented Hrabánek.

    On the podium in the harbour of Alghero the ŠKODA Motorsport team celebrated their ongoing winning streak. It was season win number seven and the tenth success in a row in WRC 2 for the ŠKODA FABIA R5. Out of the last 18 WRC 2 rallies, the Czech manufacturer won 17.

    Final Result Rally Italia Sardegna (WRC 2)
    1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 3:36:36.5 h
    2. Veiby/Skjaermœn (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +2:16.4 min.
    3. Katsuta/Salminen (JPN/FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, +7:01.9 min.
    4. Rossel/Fulcrand (FRA/FRA), Citroën DS3 R5, +10:4.9 min.
    5. Loubet/Landais (FRA/FRA), Ford Fiesta R5, +23:49.7 min.

    Current standings WRC 2 after seven rounds
    1. Pontus Tidemand (SWE), ŠKODA, 100 points
    2. Teemu Suninen (FIN), Ford, 54 points
    3. Eric Camilli (FRA), Ford, 52 points
    4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), ŠKODA, 50 points
    5. Jan Kopecký (CZE), ŠKODA, 49 points
    6. Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), 43 points

    Number of the day: 7
    The lucky seven marked the seventh victory in a row for ŠKODA in the World Rally Championship 2017 (WRC 2).

    The 2017 calendar of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)

    Event/ Date               
    Rally Monte Carlo; 19/01–22/01/2017
    Rally Sweden; 09/02–12/02/2017
    Rally Mexico; 09/03–12/03/2017
    Rally France; 06/04–09/04/2017
    Rally Argentina; 27/04–30/04/2017
    Rally Portugal; 18/05–21/05/2017
    Rally Italy; 08/06–11/06/2017
    Rally Poland; 29/06–02/07/2017
    Rally Finland; 27/07–30/07/2017
    Rally Germany; 17/08–20/08/2017
    Rally Spain; 05/10–08/10/2017
    Rally Great Britain; 26/10–29/10/2017
    Rally Australia; 16/11–19/11/2017
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  • Rally Hustopeče: Kopecký/Dresler face WRC 2 leaders Tidemand/Andersson

    ​› Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler are favourites to win the fourth round of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
    › ŠKODA factory team Kopecký/Dresler back on home soil after winning WRC 2 at Rally Italia Sardegna
    › WRC 2 world championship leaders Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson are competing in South Moravia as well
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “We want to continue our winning streak in the Czech Rally Championship.”

    ​Mladá Boleslav, 15 June 2017 – At Rally Hustopeče ŠKODA Motorsport is aiming for the next victory. Factory team Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) is going with a strong tail wind into the fourth round of this year’s Czech Rally Championship (MČR). Both scored a convincing WRC 2 win at last weekend’s world championship Rally Italia Sardegna. Upcoming Friday and Saturday twelve stages totalling 150 kilometres await the competitors. WRC 2 championship leaders Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE), another ŠKODA factory team, are competing on the roads of South Moravia’s wine region as well.

    “At Rally Hustopeče we want to continue where we left at Rally Český Krumlov,” says ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek and adds: “Pontus and Jonas so far have done only events on snow or gravel, except of the season opening Rally Monte Carlo. They will compete at Rally Hustopeče to get more experience on tarmac ahead of the upcoming German round of the World Rally Championship.”
    Pontus Tidemand is well aware of the tough competition inside the ŠKODA Motorsport team. “Last year I have been at the rallies Šumava Klatovy and Český Krumlov where I finished both times second behind Jan. I know, it is very difficult to beat him on his home ground, but I will give it a try,” Tidemand looks ahead.

    “My focus is crystal clear on winning the Czech Rally Championship,” says last year’s winner Jan Kopecký. Also among the frontrunners are Ford drivers Václav Pech and Pavel Valoušek as well as Martin Koči in a privately run ŠKODA FABIA R5.

    The rally fans can expect a thrilling weekend. The first leg of the fourth round of Czech Rally Championship (MČR) will start on Friday at 19h00, half of the six stages of the first day are run in darkness. On Saturday the teams are facing six more stages, before at 16h34 after 150 kilometres on a total of twelve stages the winner is expected at the finish line in Hustopeče.

    The 2017 calendar of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
    Event/ Date
    Valašská Rally;   25/03/–26/03/2017
    Rally Šumava Klatovy; 21/04/–22/04/2017
    Rally Český Krumlov; 19/05/–20/05/2017
    Rally Hustopeče; 16/06/–17/06/2017
    Rally Bohemia; 01/07/–02/07/2017
    Barum Czech Rally Zlín;   25/08/–27/08/2017
    Rally Příbram; 06/10/–08/10/2017
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  • Rally Hustopeče: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler scored fourth win in a row in the Czech Rally Championship

    ​› ŠKODA team Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler continued their winning streak, remaining undefeated in the 2017 Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
    › Team mates and WRC 2 leaders Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson fought back to fifth position after suffering a puncture on the last stage of the first leg
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “Jan and Pavel delivered a really great drive, while Pontus and Jonas learned a lot for the upcoming tarmac WRC 2 Rally Deutschland.”

    ​Hustopeče, 17 June 2017 – The fourth round of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR), held in the region of South Moravia, saw a fierce competition for victory. However, the fourth win in a row for ŠKODA Motorsport factory team Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) was no surprise. The Czech champions only briefly lost the lead at the Rally Hustopeče, after the fourth stage when they suffered a puncture. But two stages after they moved into the lead and controlled the rally up to the finish line in Hustopeče where they were cheered by enthusiastic fans. ŠKODA teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson fought back to fifth position after collecting a puncture on the last stage of the first leg.

    ​Friday afternoon Jan Kopecký scored the fastest time on both of the first two stages before loosing the lead after stage four. A puncture cost him more than 20 seconds. “It happened under braking in a compression. I didn’t hit anything, but unfortunately the tyre got deflated”, Kopecký wondered. Ford driver Václav Pech suffered from the same mishap allowing Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (ŠKODA FABIA R5) to move into the lead. But in the sixth stage, the Swedish pair got a puncture as well. They had to drive more than ten kilometres with a flat tyre and lost nearly one and a half minute. While Tidemand/Andersson consequently dropped down to ninth position, ŠKODA teammates Kopecký/Dresler inherited the number one spot again.

    On the final day of the rally, Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler controlled their lead in a dominant way and drove to a well-deserved victory. The reigning Czech Rally Champions scored five fastest times in total and are now in a strong position to achieve their target of winning the championship for the third consecutive time.

    ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek was delighted: “Soon after their win at the WRC 2 Rally Sardegna Italia, Jan and Pavel proved to be nearly unbeatable on home soil. Pontus and Jonas on the other hand improved their driving on tarmac for the upcoming German round of the World Rally Championship.”

    At the finish line, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler celebrated their victory in style. “It was really a challenging rally, but I have again to thank my team which provided me with such a great car,” emphasized Kopecký. Teammate Pontus Tidemand draw the following conclusion: “I really enjoyed the great special stages and the fantastic atmosphere of the Czech Rally Championship.”

    Rally Hustopeče (MČR) final standings

    1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 1:27.17.5 h.
    2. Pech jun./Uhel (CZE/CZE), Ford Fiesta R5, +41.2 min.
    3. Jakeš/Ehlová (CZE/CZE), Ford Fiesta R5, +51.5 min.
    4. Valoušek/Havelková (CZE/CZE), Ford Fiesta R5, +54.3 min.
    5. Tidemand/Andersson (SWE/SWE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +1:53.0 min.
    6. Dohnal/Michal (CZE/CZE), Ford Focus WRC 06, +1.54.6 min.

    Number of the day: 13
    Since the Rally of Wales 2016 and for more than eight months, ŠKODA Motorsport won in total 13 rallies in a row in both World Rally Championship (WRC 2) and Czech Rally Championship (MČR).

    The 2017 calendar of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)

    Event/ Date
    Valašská Rally; 25/03/–26/03/2017
    Rally Šumava Klatovy; 21/04/–22/04/2017
    Rally Český Krumlov; 19/05/–20/05/2017
    Rally Hustopeče; 16/06/–17/06/2017
    Rally Bohemia; 01/07/–02/07/2017
    Barum Czech Rally Zlín; 25/08/–27/08/2017
    Rally Příbram; 06/10/–08/10/2017
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  • Rally Poland: ŠKODA Motorsport’s Tidemand increases WRC 2 lead, debut win for Youngster Ole Christian Veiby

    › ŠKODA factory team Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson pulling away at the top of the WRC 2 standings with second place at Rally Poland
    › Asia Pacific Rally Championship leaders Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn (ŠKODA FABIA R5) score first win in World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “Now Pontus is in the best position to win the WRC 2 title. Congratulations to Ole Christian Veiby for his first victory.”

    ​Mikolajki/Poland, 2 July 2017 – For the eighth time in a row in 2017 a ŠKODA FABIA R5 team won a round of the World Rally Championship. At Rally Poland, current Asia Pacific Rally Championship leaders Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermœn (NOR/NOR), driving a Printsport entered ŠKODA FABIA R5, achieved their first win on World Rally Championship level. After already winning four WRC 2 events this season ŠKODA Motorsport’s Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE) came second. With a WRC 2 championship lead of 50 points they are now in best position to win this year’s title.

    ​The weather changed on the final day of the rally back to the poor conditions of the opening day.  Heavy rain falls made the gravel tracks of the Masurian Lake District slippery and treacherous again. After Pontus Tidemand’s time consuming puncture on Saturday afternoon, the race for the first place in WRC 2 category was more or less decided. Youngster Ole Christian Veiby secured his very first WRC 2 win with a faultless and very concentrated drive and climbed into the second position in the championship standings.

    “Congratulations to both teams. Bringing home the victory Ole Christian and Stig Rune not only proved that they are really fast, but very clever too. For us this result is another confirmation of our decision to employ both to compete for ŠKODA in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. With a valuable second place Pontus and Jonas are in the best position to win the championship prematurely this year,” commented a delighted ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek at the finish line in Mikolajki.

    Pontus Tidemand was fastest in WRC 2 on three of the remaining four stages of the final leg of Rally Poland securing second place and valuable points for the championship home. “It is a pity that a puncture stopped the nice fight with Ole Christian. Congratulations to him for this great performance. However the points for second place put me in a very good position in the championship race, which was in the end my main goal," concluded the WRC 2 leader from Sweden.

    The eighth round of World Rally Championship proved again, that the ŠKODA FABIA R5 is by far the fastest and most reliable car in WRC 2 category. At the finish line in Mikolajki ŠKODA teams occupied top four positions in the category. In the WRC 2 championship standings, ŠKODA works driver Pontus Tidemand leads after eight rounds with 118 points ahead of stablemate Ole Christian Veiby (68 points).

    Final Result Rally Poland (WRC 2)

    1. Veiby/Skjaermœn (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 2:53.29,3 h
    2. Tidemand/Andersson (SWE/SWE) ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 32.9 sec.
    3. Gilbert/Jamoul (FRA/BEL), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 4:20.3 min.
    4. Guerra/Cué (MEX/ESP), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 7:04.9 min.
    5. Bonato/Boulloud (FRA/FRA), Citroën DS3 R5, +7:22.9 min.
    6. Chuchala/Rozwadowski (POL/POL), Ford Fiesta R5, + 8:16.9 min.

    Current standings WRC 2 after eight rounds

    1. Pontus Tidemand (SWE), ŠKODA, 118 points
    2. Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), 68 points
    3. Teemu Suninen (FIN), Ford, 54 points
    4. Eric Camilli (FRA), Ford, 52 points
    5. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), ŠKODA, 50 points
    6. Jan Kopecký (CZE), ŠKODA, 49 points

    Number of the day: 8
    Since the first round of 2017 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, ŠKODA FABIA R5 teams won each of the eight rounds in WRC 2 category

    The 2017 calendar of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)

    Event/ Date               
    Rally Monte Carlo; 19/01/–22/01/2017
    Rally Sweden; 09/02/–12/02/2017
    Rally Mexico; 09/03/–12/03/2017
    Rally France; 06/04/–09/04/2017
    Rally Argentina; 27/04/–30/04/2017
    Rally Portugal; 18/05/–21/05/2017
    Rally Italy Sardinia; 08/06/–11/06/2017
    Rally Poland; 29/06/–02/07/2017
    Rally Finland; 27/07/–30/07/2017
    Rally Germany; 17/08/–20/08/2017
    Rally Spain; 05/10/–08/10/2017
    Rally Great Britain; 26/10/–29/10/2017
    Rally Australia; 16/11/–19/11/2017
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  • APRC in Malaysia: Second win for Ole Christian Veiby ahead of MRF ŠKODA teammate Gaurav Gill

    ​› At the International Rally of Johor Team MRF ŠKODA scores third double win in a row in the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)
    › Both MRF ŠKODA teams dominating the third round of the APRC season in Malaysia up to frantic Gaurav Gills battle for second place
    › Norwegian youngster Ole Christian Veiby increases his championship lead over reigning APRC champion Gaurav Gill from India
    › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “Congratulations to O.C. and Gaurav. I am happy that ŠKODA increases the lead in the APRC manufacturers standings.”

    Johor Bahru, 13 August 2017 – The third round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), International Rally of Johor in Malaysia (11–13/08/2017), was more or less decided on the second special stage. Reigning APRC champion Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot (IND/BEL) of Team MRF ŠKODA hit a tree stump and bent the steering of their ŠKODA FABIA R5, losing considerable time and the chance to win. Despite sliding off twice in unpredictable road conditions as well, teammates Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn (NOR/NOR) achieved the fastest stage time and took the lead from there up to the finish line. With their second win of the year the Norwegian shooting stars increased the lead in the championship standings. With only two APRC rounds to go, it looks like the next champion will be a ŠKODA driver again. Since 2012 every APRC champion was driving a ŠKODA FABIA. The Czech manufacturer is now on the route to defend the manufacturers title as well.

    Changing weather, a mix of spontaneous rain showers and sunshine, made the 13 special stages (one stage had to be cancelled due to flooded roads) totally unpredictable. ŠKODA youngster Ole Christian Veiby concluded even before the start: “This is definitively one of the most difficult rallies I ever had to face.”
    On the short opening show stage on Friday evening on the race track of Johor, Gaurav Gill brought his MRF ŠKODA FABIA R5 to the finish with the fastest time ahead of teammate O.C. Veiby and stormed into the lead. When the rally started proper on Saturday morning with a 32 kilometres stage on the Tai Tak palm oil plantation, the first split time showed Veiby trailing Gill by 20 seconds. “I touched a tree and later went off again slightly. Luckily we could continue. It is so difficult to judge the grip level. I have never driven under such difficult condition,” commented the Norwegian youngster. Although he lost some time, at the finish line he was fastest and took the overall lead with more than one minute ahead of Mitsubishi driver Jari Ketomaa from Finland.

    What happened to the intermediate leader Gaurav Gill? Fastest halfway through the stage, he left the muddy jungle road as well. “I hit a tree stump I didn’t see. It was a pure driving error,” confessed the APRC champion. He bent a steering arm of his ŠKODA FABIA R5 and finished the stage at reduced speed. But that wasn’t the end of the story. After the stage at the refuelling point, the steering arm finally broke. Now Gill proved that he is not only a fast driver, but also a very skilful mechanic. He changed the broken part, got a road penalty for late arrival at the next time control but afterwards started his race to catch up. At the end, with a total of ten fastest times out of 13 stages, he had moved back into second position overall.

    His teammate O.C. Veiby showed a stunning performance himself. With a clever and smart drive he showed, that he is not only able to drive fast but also to bring home a victory with a faultless drive. “I am absolutely delighted with the clever performance of O.C. Veiby and the comeback of Gaurav Gill”, emphasizes ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek. “With the third double win in a row ŠKODA could increase the lead in the APRC manufacturers standings. Also our drivers are leading comfortably in the driver standings.”

    Final Result APRC International Rally of Johor/Malaysia 3rd round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)
    1. Veiby/Skjarmœn (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 3:02:39.1 h
    2. Gill/Prévot (IND/BEL), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 4:41.7 min
    3. Ketomaa/Mannisenmäki, (FIN/FIN), Mitsubishi Mirage AP4, + 5:00.4 min
    4. Blomberg/Andersson (SWE/SWE), Mitsubishi Mirage AP4, + 2:23:10.1 h


    Current standings APRC after three rounds (one round cancelled)
    1. Veiby (NOR), ŠKODA, 108 points
    2. Gill (IND), ŠKODA, 98 points
    3. Blomberg (SWE), Mitsubishi, 63 points
    4. Ketomaa (FIN), Mitsubishi, 56 points

    Number of the day: 3
    Third double win in a row for Team MRF ŠKODA in the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.
    Calendar of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)
    Event/ Date
    Rally of Whangarei – New Zealand; 28/04–30/04/2017
    Rally Canberra - Australia; 26/05–28/05/2017
    China Rally (cancelled); 07/07–09/07/2017
    Rally of Johor – Malaysia; 11/08–13/08/2017
    Rally Hokkaido - Japan; 15/09–17/09/2017
    Rally of India; 24/11–26/11/2017
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