Barum Czech Rally Zlín 2019 - 16-18/08/2019
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Where: Zlín, Czech Republic
The rally in 100 words: Ever-present in the ERC since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague. It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible. While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage. The rally has a long-term contract with the ERC.
FIA European Rally Championship 2019, round 6 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2019, round 6 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2019, round 6 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup, round 5 of 6
Also counting for…
FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy
What’s new for 2019?
Taking place two weeks earlier than normal, Barum Czech Rally Zlín will host the final ERC Junior rounds of the season as well as the Czech championship decider. Of the major route tweaks, the return of the legendary Pindula after a one-year absence leads changes, which also include the Qualifying Stage running in reverse direction and the revival of the Kostelany stage.
2019: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo)
2018: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
1: Zlín’s rise from small town to big city is credited to Tomáš Bat’a, who founded a shoe factory there in 1894. His old office – located in a moving elevator – is preserved in the Regional Authority Building 21.
2: Now established as a bustling university city, Zlín’s south-eastern Moravia setting is 300 kilometres from the Czech capital Prague and 220 kilometres from the Austrian capital Vienna.
3: Zlín became Gottwaldov from 1949-1990 after the first Czech communist president, Klement Gottwald.
4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín ran for the first time in 1971 and turns 48 this year. Jan Halmažna took the inaugural honours in a ŠKODA 1100 MB.
5: Event sponsor Continental Barum’s giant tyre factory and distribution centre in nearby Otrokovice hosts the rally’s permanent service park.
Starts: 16h00, 16 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín
Finishes: 16h58, 18 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín
Headquarters: Regional Authority – Building 21, třída T. Bati 21, 761 90 Zlín (Building 21, Zlín)
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 15 (2004-2018)
Stage distance: 219.63 kilometres
Liaison distance: 545.68 kilometres
Total distance: 765.31 kilometres
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 08h00-09h30, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 09h35-10h20, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres)
Shakedown (for all drivers): 10h25-13h00, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres)
Start order selection: 15h30, 16 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín
Ceremonial start: 16h00, 16 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín