Straight out of the blocks on Saturday morning, Kopecký / Dresler were fully awake and scored another fastest time. The battle between the reigning Czech champions and their rivals from Russia continued throughout the Saturday leg, which was the longest of the rally.
After stage three Lukyanuk took the lead by 0.3 seconds only. But one special stage later Czech Champion Kopecký fought back and conquered the top position again. While the ŠKODA FABIA R5 of Kopecký / Dresler was running reliably like a clockwork, Alexey Lukyanuk got a problem with the power steering of his Ford and lost valuable time. With a fast and faultless drive, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler built up a more or less comfortable lead of 16.6 seconds at the end of the day.
On the final day of Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler achieved fastest times on five of the remaining six stages with their ŠKODA FABIA R5 and reached the finish with a margin of 55.5 seconds over Lukyanuk.
|2017 Barum Czech Rally Zlín – Final Results:|
|1.||Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE)||ŠKODA FABIA R5||1:56:15.2 hrs|
|2.||Lukyanuk / Arnautov (RUS/RUS)||Ford Fiesta R5||+55.5 sec|
|3.||Kresta / Starý (CZE/CZE)||ŠKODA FABIA R5||+1:22.8 min|
Number of the day: 16
Since 2015, when they debuted the brand new ŠKODA FABIA R5 on Rally Šumava Klatovy, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler have won every Czech Championship Rally they were participating in.