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150830 Jan Kopecky wins Czech championship title in the SKODA Fabia R5

150830 Jan Kopecky wins Czech championship title in the SKODA Fabia R5

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Jan Kopecký wins Czech championship title
in the ŠKODA Fabia R5

› Fifth win in fifth race gives Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler victory in the Czech
Rally Championship (MČR) before the end of the season
› Victory over Europe’s elite at the 45th Barum Czech Rally Zlín and first title for
the works team with the ŠKODA Fabia R5
› Special title hat-trick for Kopecký/Dresler: First European champions (2013),
then Asia-Pacific champions (2014), now national champions (2015)
› Michal Hrabánek: “Reward for the work of the entire team”

Zlín, 30 August 2015 – ŠKODA driver Jan Kopecký (CZ) was crowned Czech
national champion, thereby giving the works team its first title with the new
Fabia R5. Together with his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ), Kopecký was
victorious on home soil at the 45th Barum Czech Rally Zlín, beating the
gathered European elite and delighting thousands of fans. After the fifth win in
five races this season, Kopecký/Dresler have clinched the title in the Czech
Rally Championship (MČR) before the end of the season. After victory in the
European Championship (2013) and in the Asia-Pacific Championship (2014),
this completed a very special hat-trick of titles.

“Congratulations to our Czech national champions Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler! The
first title with the new ŠKODA Fabia R5 for our works team is the reward for the work of
the entire team of ŠKODA Motorsport. And also confirmation that we got something right
when developing our new rally rocket,” praised ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal
Hrabánek.

The ŠKODA Fabia R5, which was first presented to the international public in April,
proved to be a reliable and pacy winning car in the Czech national championship. Veteran
driver Kopecký was unbeatable in the turbo four-wheel drive once again in the fifth race
of the season and didn’t let the European elite get a look in. The penultimate race of the
MČR season was also part of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC).

“We are delighted to have won the championship title! Václav Pech really didn’t make
things easy for us in the course of the season. But our ŠKODA Fabia R5 really is very
very strong. I would also like to thank the team at ŠKODA Motorsport, who made it easy
for us to win. First our victory at the Rally Germany in the WRC 2, then a week later
victory in the ERC here at home – we really have had a brilliant time. Now it’s time to
celebrate,” said Kopecký. The 33-year-old Czech won the coveted Czech national
championship title for the third time, after victory in 2004 (in the ŠKODA Fabia WRC) and
2012 (in the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000).

It was made possible by a convincing performance on the demanding asphalt tracks in
Moravia with numerous changes of direction. With wins on all eight of Saturday’s special

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stages, Kopecký/Dresler built up a lead over arch-rival Václav Pech (CZ), which they
managed to defend well on the six tricky special stages on Sunday, despite turning their
car. This saw them continue their streak of winning every two years: After 2009, 2011
and 2013, they celebrated their fourth victory at the highlight of the season on the Czech
rally scene.

And after the historic first title win with the Fabia R5, the ŠKODA works team is on the
hunt for further titles this year. In the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), the
works team of Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S) is on track to win the title. Works
duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) are also in with a good chance in the FIA
World Rally Championship (WRC 2). “The first title win is our motivation to work even
harder to get further success,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek.

The number for the Barum Czech Rally Zlín: 9

The ŠKODA Fabia R5 was once again the outstanding car in the ERC rally in Moravia. Jan
Kopecký/Pavel Dresler won nine of the 15 special stages. In doing so, the new Czech
national champions achieved the feat of winning all eight of Saturday’s stages.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín – final result overall standings

1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZ/CZ), ŠKODA Fabia R5 2:12:17.7 hrs.
2. Pech/Uhel (CZ/CZ), Mini John Cooper Works S2000 + 0:27.3 min.
3. Kajetanowicz/Baran (PL/PL), Ford Fiesta R5 + 0:39.9 min.
4. Lukyanuk/Arnautov (BY/RUS), Ford Fiesta R5 + 1:10.8 min.
5. Valoušek/Havelková (CZ/CZ), ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 + 2:30.0 min.

Czech Rally Championship (MČR)

Event Date
Rally Šumava Klatovy 24.04.–25.04.2015
Rally Český Krumlov 22.05.–23.05.2015
Rally Hustopeče 19.06.–20.06.2015
Rally Bohemia 10.07.–12.07.2015
Barum Czech Rally Zlín 28.08.–30.08.2015
Rally Příbram 02.10.–04.10.2015

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For more information:
Karel Pokorný, Communications Motorsport
Tel. +420 604 292 191
Karel.Pokorny1@skoda-auto.cz
http://www.skoda-auto.com/en/motorsport

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ŠKODA at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín:
With victory in the ERC Rally, ŠKODA works duo Jan
Kopecký (CZ) and Pavel Dresler (CZ) clinched the
title win in the Czech national championship before
the end of the season.

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ŠKODA at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín:
It is the first title with the new Fabia R5 for the
ŠKODA Motorsport works team.

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ŠKODA Motorsport Overview
ŠKODA has been involved in the world of motorsport since 1901. The brand has taken
home many trophies from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), FIA European Rally
Championship (ERC), FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and several famous
races, such as the oldest rally in the world – the Monte Carlo, which has taken place
annually since 1911.

The Fabia Super 2000 rally car is the most successful model in ŠKODA’s 114-year history
in motorsport. In 2014, ŠKODA won a hat-trick of titles in the Manufacturers’ and
Drivers’ competitions in the APRC. The new reigning champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel

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Dresler (CZ/CZ) achieved the momentous feat of becoming the first duo in history to win
the Drivers’ title in the ERC and then the APRC in consecutive years.

In the ERC, ŠKODA Motorsport took the title for the third time in a row in 2014, thanks
to Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. Before
Lappi, the Finn Juho Hänninen (2012) and Jan Kopecký (2013) had won the European
title with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.

Between 2009 and 2014, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 drivers won nearly 50 national and
international titles.

The International Automobile Federation FIA approved ŠKODA’s new rally car – the Fabia
R5 on 1 April, 2015. The new rally car was presented to the International Press in the
Czech Republic on 15 April. The ŠKODA Fabia R5 celebrated its competitive début at the
Šumava Rally, Czech Republic in 2015.

ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time in a single year.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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