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Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler won every single tarmac stage of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 the reigning Czech Champions achieved 14 stage wins in a row, making up a time loss from the gravel stages and finally storming to second in WRC2 category. On his debut for the factory team, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the very first time on tarmac stages, Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen defended fourth position in WRC2.

Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2017

The final leg of the RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España was held over six special stages totalling 74 kilometres. The first test had to be done in the dark, and ŠKODA Motorsport’s Jan Kopecký drove the fastest time in WRC2 category, followed by his young Teammate Juuso Nordgren. The 2015 Finnish Junior champion drove the ŠKODA FABIA R5 on tarmac for the very first time adapting himself more and more to the fast roads in Spain. When the sun finally shone from the beautiful Catalan sky Kopecký continued to collect fastest times. In the end, he had won every single tarmac stage of the rally, achieving 14 stage wins in a row – including a spectacular second fastest time on the Salou show stage ahead of a dozen more powerful WRC cars.

Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2017

Without the time loss suffered on Friday, when he caught the car in front of him and had to complete the last part of the stage in his competitor’s dust losing over one minute, the Czech Champion would have fought for victory. In total, he won 14 out of 19 special stages.

 

Jan Kopecký

Their young teammates Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen defended fourth place during the final leg. Driving the factory team’s ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the first time the two Finns showed an impressive performance especially on the tarmac stages.

Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2017
Juuso Nordgren

Competing in RC2 class Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn were not registered to score points in WRC2. Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 entered by the private Printsport Team they nevertheless delivered a stunning performance, finishing third behind the factory car of Jan Kopecký.

Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen, ŠKODA FABIA R5, Printsport Oy. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2017
Ole Christian Veiby

Veiby, who is still in the title fight in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with MRF ŠKODA Team, will join the factory team of ŠKODA Motorsport alongside newly crowned WRC 2 Champion Pontus Tidemand and young Finn Juuso Nordgren for the upcoming Wales Rally GB (26 – 29 October).

Michal Hrabánek
2017 RallyRACC Catalunya 2017 – WRC2 Final Results:
1. Suninen / Markkula (FIN/FIN) Ford Fiesta R5 3:09:43.8 hrs
2. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +31.8 sec
3. Guerra / Cué (MEX/ESP) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +4:38.9 min
4. Nordgren / Suominen (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +5:15.7 min
5. Tempestini / Bernacchini (ITA/ITA) Citroën DS3 R5 +5:17.8 min

Number of the day: 14

On Saturday and Sunday ŠKODA Motorsport’s Jan Kopecký was the fastest competitor in WRC2 on 14 stages in a row. Nobody in WRC2 could beat the reigning Czech Champion on the tarmac roads of Catalunya.