Wales Rally GB: ŠKODA’s Kalle Rovanperä close to victory and WRC 2 Pro title

› Going into the final day of Wales Rally GB as leaders of WRC 2 Pro, Kalle Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen (ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo) also chase premature category title
› Despite a puncture and having rolled their ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo on Saturday, ŠKODA works crew Jan Kopecký/Jan Hloušek is still second in WRC 2 Pro
› Five more stages of 38.42 competitive kilometres to go for the ŠKODA works crews on the final Sunday leg

Llandudno, 5 October 2019 – ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo crew Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (FIN/FIN) is just five stages of 38.42 competitive kilometres away from winning WRC 2 Pro at Wales Rally GB (03/10/–06/10/2019), thus prematurely taking the 2019 drivers’ titles of the category*. Despite a puncture and having rolled their ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo on the third but last stage on Saturday, teammates Jan Kopecký (CZE) and co-driver Jan Hloušek (CZE) hold onto second position in WRC 2 Pro, still having valuable points for ŠKODA Motorsport in the WRC 2 Pro manufacturers’ standings in sight.

During the Friday leg, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Jan Hloušek had moved into the WRC 2 Pro lead, when their teammates Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen suffered a puncture on their ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, which made them drop to second in the category. The most challenging and longest leg of the rally, called “Super Saturday” with a total length of more than 420 kilometres and seven stages covering 152.50 kilometres, even had to be managed without service in between.

Although it had temporarily stopped raining, the surface of the gravel stages was mostly humid and the grip level changed all the time. So, the drivers had to “read” the road to find out, how good traction and grip really are. Kalle Rovanperä managed it well. On the first run of the longest stage of the rally, the 25.86 kilometres of “Dyfi”, he stormed back into the lead of the WRC 2 Pro category. In the meantime, his main rivals for the championship suffered set-backs. Mads Østberg (Citroën) had to retire for the Saturday leg due to technical issues, while Gus Greensmith damaged his Ford and also could not continue. When ŠKODA’s Jan Kopecký had to change a flat tyre on the stage, teammate Kalle Rovanperä’s category lead went from slim to clear. “When there is no competition, I am not going so fast anymore, I am just enjoying the stages,” he said. With only five more stages of 38.42 competitive kilometres to go during the final leg on Sunday, Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen are facing a WRC 2 Pro win, which would prematurely secure the drivers’ titles of the category for the two Finns.*

Despite having rolled their ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo on stage 15, which caused a time loss of around one and a half minute, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Jan Hloušek are occupying the second position in the WRC 2 Pro category. They still have valuable points for ŠKODA Motorsport in the WRC 2 Pro manufacturers’ standings of the FIA World Rally Championship 2019 in sight. After a total of 312.75 kilometres in the race against the clock, the winner will reach the podium in the seaside village of Llandudno on Sunday (6 October) around 13h33.

*results subject to the publication of the official results by the FIA 

Standings Wales Rally GB after Day 3 (R5 cars)

1.     Rovanperä/Halttunen (FIN/FIN), ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, 2:51:32.9 h**

2.     P. Solberg/Mills (NOR/GBR), VW Polo GTI R5, +54.8 sec.*

3.     Gryazin/Fedorov (RUS/RUS), ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, +1:06.8 min.*

4.     Cave/Furniss (GBR/GBR), Hyundai i20 R5, +1:07.1 min.

5.     Loubet/Landais (FRA/FRA), ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, +1:07.3 min.*

6.     Katsuta/Barrit (JPN/GBR), Ford Fiesta R5 MK II, +3:07.7 min.

7.     Fourmaux/Jamoul (FRA/BEL), Ford Fiesta R5, +3:41.9 min.*

8.     Bulacia-Wilkinson/Cretu (BOL/ARG), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +3:51.7 min.*

9.     Andolfi/Inglesi (ITA/ITA), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +4:29.2 min.*

10.   Kopecký/Hloušek (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, +4:38.7 min.**

**Factory nominated crews eligible to score points in the WRC 2 Pro category
*Private teams nominated for the WRC 2 category

Number of the day: 6                                     

Going into the final leg on Sunday, ŠKODA is with six crews the strongest brand inside the top ten of the R5 competitors at Wales Rally GB.

The calendar of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2 Pro)

Event/Date                                      
Monte-Carlo 24/01/–27/01/2019
Sweden 14/02/–17/02/2019
Mexico 07/03/–10/03/2019
France 28/03/–31/03/2019
Argentina 25/04/–28/04/2019
Chile 09/05/–12/05/2019
Portugal 30/05/–02/06/2019
Italy 13/06/–16/06/2019
Finland 01/08/–04/08/2019
Germany 22/08/–25/08/2019
Turkey 12/09/–15/09/2019
Great Britain 03/10/–06/10/2019
Spain 24/10/–27/10/2019
Australia 14/11/–17/11/2019

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