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At ADAC Rallye Deutschland ŠKODA Motorsport crew Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson took the first match point to prematurely win the World Rally Championship (WRC2). Teammates Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, delayed by a puncture on the second day of the rally, finished a strong second. With this result ŠKODA Motorsport also secured the WRC2 Team Championship three rallies before the end of the season.

After twisty vineyard stages on rainy Friday followed by sun-baked concrete tracks on the infamous military area of Baumholder, the last day of Rallye Deutschland offered mixed conditions on four very fast stages in the Saarland area close to Lake Bostal.

Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rallye Deutschland 2017

With a fast and controlled drive Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler secured their overnight second place in WRC2 category. A possible win slipped through their fingers on Saturday when they suffered a puncture on the 42 kilometres long “Panzerplatte” stage on Baumholder. 

Jan Kopecký

For the Swedish pairing Pontus Tidemand and co-dodriver Jonas Andersson the challenge was different.

Pontus Tidemand

After four wins (Sweden, Mexico, Argentina and Portugal) and a second place at Rally Poland, a third place at Rallye Deutschland was enough for Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson to secure the World Rally Championship (WRC2) already three rallies before the end of the season.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rallye Deutschland 2017
Michal Hrabánek
2017 Rallye Deutschland – WRC2 Final Results:
1. Camilli / Veillas (FRA/FRA) Ford Fiesta R5 3:08:16.0 hrs
2. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +48.1 sec
3. Tidemand / Andersson (SWE/SWE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +1:50.7 min

Number of the day: 3

Already three rallies before the end of the season Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson secured the drivers’ titles and ŠKODA won the Team Championship in WRC2.