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