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Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler were in a class of their own during the Saturday leg of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España, the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 the reigning Czech Champions won all seven special stages of the all tarmac second leg. Deservedly they moved up to second in WRC2 category. Competing in a factory run ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the very first time their young teammates Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen showed a steep learning curve, drove faultlessly and conquered fourth position in WRC2.

While the first leg of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España on Friday was run mainly on gravel, the longest leg on Saturday featured fast and smooth tarmac roads in the northwest of Tarragona. Not only the cars had to be technically adapted to the new road conditions, also the drivers had to change their driving style for the seven stages to come. přizpůsobit svůj jezdecký styl.

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

After his mishap on the first day, when ŠKODA Motorsport’s Jan Kopecký 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 was unbeatable on the Saturday stages. He was still annoyed though.

Jan Kopecký

At the end of the day, he and co-driver Pavel Dresler were clearly the fastest WRC2 competitor on all seven stages of the day and consequently moved up to second place in the category standings. On the day ending show stage the ŠKODA FABIA R5 in the hands of Kopecký even scored an impressive second fastest time overall against competition from roughly 100 hp more powerful cars of the WRC category!

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

Their young teammates Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen chose a smart approach to the fast tarmac stages of Catalunya.

Juuso Nordgren

Like the day before he was increasing his speed after the lunch break finally moving up to fourth place in the WRC2 category standings.

Michal Hrabánek

On Sunday, the final leg of the RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España will feature six special stages totalling additionally 74 kilometres.

2017 RallyRACC Catalunya – WRC2 Standings After Leg 2:
1. Suninen / Markkula (FIN/FIN) Ford Fiesta R5 2:22:39.7 hrs
2. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +44.4 sec
3. Guerra / Cué (MEX/ESP) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +3:38.2 min
4. Nordgren / Suominen (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +4:25.9 min
5. Tempestini / Bernacchini (ITA/ITA) Citroën DS3 R5 +4:27.3 min

Number of the day: 7

Jan Kopecký was fastest competitor in WRC2 on all seven stages of the Saturday leg with his ŠKODA FABIA R5. On the day ending show stage he even managed to score the second fastest time overall!