Friday afternoon Jan Kopecký scored the fastest time on both of the first two stages before loosing the lead after stage four. A puncture cost him more than 20 seconds.

Jan Kopecký

Ford driver Václav Pech suffered from the same mishap allowing Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson to move into the lead. But in the sixth stage, the Swedish pair got a puncture as well. They had to drive more than ten kilometres with a flat tyre and lost nearly one and a half minute. While Tidemand / Andersson consequently dropped down to ninth position, ŠKODA teammates Kopecký / Dresler inherited the number one spot again.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Hustopeče 2017

On the final day of the rally, Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler controlled their lead in a dominant way and drove to a well-deserved victory. The reigning Czech Rally Champions scored five fastest times in total and are now in a strong position to achieve their target of winning the championship for the third consecutive time.

Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Hustopeče 2017

ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek was delighted.

Michal Hrabánek
Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Hustopeče 2017

At the finish line, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler celebrated their victory in style.

Jan Kopecký
Pontus Tidemand
2017 Rally Hustopeče – MČR Final Results:
1. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 1:27:17.5 hrs
2. Pech jun. / Uhel (CZE/CZE) Ford Fiesta R5 +41.2 min
3. Jakeš / Ehlová (CZE/CZE) Ford Fiesta R5 +51.5 min

Number of the day: 13

Since the Rally of Wales 2016 and for more than eight months, ŠKODA Motorsport won in total 13 rallies in a row in both World Rally Championship (WRC2) and Czech Rally Championship (MČR).

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