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The fourth round of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR), held in the region of South Moravia, saw a fierce competition for victory. However, the fourth win in a row for ŠKODA Motorsport factory team Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler was no surprise. The Czech champions only briefly lost the lead at the Rally Hustopeče, after the fourth stage when they suffered a puncture. But two stages after they moved into the lead and controlled the rally up to the finish line in Hustopeče where they were cheered by enthusiastic fans. ŠKODA teammates Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson fought back to fifth position after collecting a puncture on the last stage of the first leg.

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).