Already on Saturday evening Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler clearly demonstrated their stunning speed, driving the third special stage more than 22 seconds faster than their closest rival Václav Pech / Petr Uhel (Ford Fiesta R5). Under challenging weather conditions, during the Saturday leg the stages were partially humid, Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler stormed to a convincing lead by 37.3 seconds at the end of leg one and collected maximum 15 championship points for winning the first leg of Rally Bohemia.
On Sunday the reigning champions continued to dominate the event and pulled away from their pursuers. At the end they added another 15 points for winning second leg and 30 for the overall win, scoring in total 60 championship points. In the centre of Mladá Boleslav they celebrated a victory which was never in danger throughout the whole weekend, finalizing their third title win (subject to final confirmation by Czech Automobile Club).
Having won five events so far (only the best five results out of seven rallies count for the championship) and with only two rounds left in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR), no competitor can surpass Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler anymore.
Kopecký’s main rival Václav Pech (Ford Fiesta R5) finished second ahead of Jan Černý, driving a privately entered ŠKODA FABIA R5. Local hero Roman Kresta, a former World Rally Championship driver for ŠKODA, made a welcome return to the Czech Rally Championship with another ŠKODA FABIA R5 and finished fifth.
Since Rally Šumava Klatovy in April 2015 when the new ŠKODA FABIA R5 appeared for the very first time in competition, the combination Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler proofed to be unbeatable in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR). In total they won 15 rallies in a row in the national championship.
|2017 Rally Bohemia – MČR Final Results:|
|1.||Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE)||ŠKODA FABIA R5||1:34:23.3 hrs|
|2.||Pech jun. / Uhel (CZE/CZE)||Ford Fiesta R5||+1:09.5 min|
|3.||Černý / Černohorský jun. (CZE/CZE)||ŠKODA FABIA R5||+1:37.0 min|
Number of the day: 3
Third win in a row at Rally Bohemia means third championship win for Kopecký/Dresler (subject to final confirmation of Czech Automobile Club).