December is one of the few months in the year with no rally event. Are you going to have a rest or are you already planning to get ready for the upcoming season?
Both December and January are usually quite demanding. The season’s ending, and we have lots of duties for Škoda and our sponsors. In a word, during these months we finish what we didn’t manage during the year. Lots of events: ceremonies, PR meetings and VIP drives. Time runs so quickly. All of a sudden, it’s Christmas, and you find yourself not even having presents.
You don’t get behind the wheel at all?
We do. We had tests the other week. It depends on how the next season looks. If we go to Monte Carlo, we’ll have tests in France. And we have two more testing days in December.
How do you manage the Christmas preparations? Do you organise things in a hurry – at full speed – or do you prefer to relax?
I promised myself I’d have presents bought in advance by November. It worked out! So I’m halfway through. I have the rest figured out, too, but didn’t have time to buy them yet. I hope I won’t wind up sorting it out on the 23rd, though.
Who will get the best present from you this year? What is it going to be?
For us, the best present is to be together. The entire Kopecký family, my dad and his brother, my mum, aunt, cousin, grandma — we all meet at the table on Christmas Day. Of course, the boxes are part of it, but they’re not as important as family peace.