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Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler achieved a dominant win in WRC2 category at Rally Italia Sardegna. From the second stage onwards, they controlled the competition and faultlessly drove with 13 best times on the 19 stages to their first WRC2 win on Sardinia at their third attempt.

For Kopecký, the victory on the Mediterranean island marked the third WRC2 win in his career, for the first time winning a WRC event on gravel. Young stablemates Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjaermœn, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 from private Team Printsport, drove three fastest times and came home second in WRC2.

Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen, ŠKODA FABIA R5, Printsport Oy. Rally Italia Sardegna 2017

With four more stages in the north of Alghero, covering around 42 Kilometres, the final sunny Sunday of the rally was a tough challenge for the teams.

Ole Christian Veiby

He defended second position up to the finish which made him moving up to the sixth position in the World Rally Championship standings (WRC2) behind Jan Kopecký.

2017 Rally Italia Sardegna - Wrap-up

The reigning Czech rally champion had a prestige fight for R2 class victory with Ford driver Eric Camilli (who was not registered for WRC2 championship points). At the end of leg two, Kopecký was only 0.9 seconds ahead of Camilli. On the final day the ŠKODA driver decided to concentrate on the WRC2 victory.

Jan Kopecký

The second last stage was stopped due to an accident of Hayden Paddon, his car blocking the road. On the remaining short Power Stage, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler achieved special stage win number 13 in the WRC2 category and rewarded themselves with a well deserved victory.

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

ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek was happy with the performance of the Czech pairing.

Michal Hrabánek

On the podium in the harbour of Alghero the ŠKODA Motorsport team celebrated their ongoing winning streak. It was season win number seven and the tenth success in a row in WRC2 for the ŠKODA FABIA R5. Out of the last 18 WRC2 rallies, the Czech manufacturer won 17.

2017 Rally Italia Sardegna – WRC2 Final Results:
1. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 3:36:36.5 hrs
2. Veiby – Skjærmoen (NOR/NOR) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +2:16.4 min
3. Katsuta / Salminen (JPN/FIN) Ford Fiesta R5 +7:01.9 min

Number of the day: 7

The lucky seven marked the seventh victory in a row for ŠKODA in the World Rally Championship 2017 (WRC2).