“There is still a long, long way to go in the championship”, Kopecký says. “We have to stay focused and have to avoid any mistakes. My competitors improved a lot, scoring fastest times already at Rally Šumava Klatovy. Ford driver Václav Pech and Jan Černý with his privately run ŠKODA FABIA R5 are ready to fight for the victory,” stresses Kopecký.
Last year, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) won the Rally Český Krumlov ahead of their teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE), who are not competing in ŠKODA’s backyard this year. Instead the Swedish pairing on the same weekend is entered into the World Championship Rally de Portugal.
“I am fully confident that Jan and Pavel will be hard to beat at Rally Český Krumlov”, comments ŠKODA Motorsport Boss Michal Hrabánek and adds: “They are as fast and reliable as their ŠKODA FABIA R5.”
Český Krumlov, the host city of the rally, is located in the region of Southern Bohemia and is named a UNESCO world heritage side. České Budějovice is famous for his world class beer. The whole region offers a fantastic landscape and challenging stages, 16 in total.
Rally Český Krumlov starts on Friday (19 May) at 3.27 pm and runs competitive over 171,38 kilometres. The winners are expected at the finish in České Budějovice on Saturday (20 May) at approximately 5:00 pm. Alongside Jan Kopecký’s works ŠKODA FABIA R5, five private ŠKODA R5 plus additional ŠKODA teams in different categories are entered.
The 2017 calendar for the Czech Rally Championship (MČR)
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