The Rallye de Portugal is the sixth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). And alongside the ŠKODA Motorsport cars of Pontus Tidemand and Andreas Mikkelsen, there are no fewer than seven FABIA R5s taking part, four of which are entered into the WRC2 Championship.
Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger seem to be unstoppable in WRC 2 category at Rally Portugal driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. On Saturday they extended their lead, going into the final day with an advantage of more than three minutes. Teammates Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson fought the hole of Saturday with M-Sport Ford Team Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula. Both teams suffered from punctures in the last stage of the day. The ŠKODA duo managed a faster tyre change and got second place as a reward.
Double hat-trick for Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler. The defending Czech champions won Rally Český Krumlov after 2015 and 2016 for the third consecutive time, also racking up the third win in a row in the Czech Rally Championship 2017 (MČR). ŠKODA privateers Jan Černý / Petr Černohorský finished fourth, trailing Ford pairings Vacláv Pech jun. / Petr Uhel and Miroslav Jakeš / Marcela Ehlová.
Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger are dominating the WRC 2 category at Rally Portugal driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. After they set the fastest time on the Super Special Stage at the Lousada rallycross track on Thursday evening, they continued to build up a strong lead on the following eight stages of the Friday leg. Teammates Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson fought a tense battle for second with Ford drivers Teemu Suninen and Eric Camilli. On Friday evening, ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek was very happy to see both ŠKODA factory teams on provisional podium positions in WRC 2 with Mikkelsen leading and Tidemand in third.
ŠKODA Motorsport is represented by our works pairing of Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler and the reigning Czech Rally Champions are looking to continue their 100% start to the season. […]
The sixth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) sees the teams heading to the north of Portugal for the ever-popular Rally de Portugal (18th to 21st May), which this year consists of 19 special stages over 349 kilometers of competitive distance.
Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler are dominating the Czech Rally Championship since they achieved a maiden win with the ŠKODA FABIA R5 on its debut at Rally Šumava Klatovy 2015. Since then, they won every event. Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 they collected twelve victories in a row. Upcoming weekend (19/20 May 2017) they are targeting a hattrick win in MČR 2017 and the third victory in a row at the Rally Český Krumlov. For Kopecký / Dresler, being the spearhead of ŠKODA Motorsport in the Czech Rally Championship, the goal for 2017 is crystal clear: winning the MČR title for a third time in a row.
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