Spain’s RallyRACC Catalunya was simply the icing on the cake, giving Jan Kopecký a triumphant finish to the season. No matter how many points he scored, it couldn’t change anything about the final result. Still, he and his co-driver gave it their all. An overoptimistic tyre choice meant that the Czech crew lost time and had to heroically fight their way back. This was the first time this season that they failed to make it all the way back to the lead, being defeated by another ŠKODA Motorsport crew, the 18-year-old youngster Kalle Rovanperä and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen.
“The Rally Catalunya started out great for us, but then we were a little too audacious in our choice of tyres for Saturday’s leg. We chose dry-weather slicks, but then it rained cats and dogs. That cost us a lot of time and the chance of overall victory in Spain”, says Kopecký, ruing their mistake.