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Former ERC champion Kopecký a (Czech) champion again

Former ERC champion Kopecký a (Czech) champion again

09/07/2017 12:00

Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler will be national champions for a third season running when the FIA European Rally Championship visits their native Czech Republic next month.

Subject to final confirmation, the ŠKODA Motorsport aces cannot be caught in the battle for the 2017 Czech title following their success on Rally Bohemia recently.

“Jan and Pavel are the absolute benchmark in the Czech Rally Championship and congratulations to the whole ŠKODA team for this great result,” said ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek.

Kopecký won the ERC title in 2013 and has gone on to achieve success in the world and Asia-Pacific championships as well as in his domestic series in factory-backed ŠKODAs.

Meanwhile, Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 25-27 August. Before then, however, the ERC will be in Poland for Rally Rzeszow from 3-5 August.

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.

Russian Performance Motorsport will lead the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams by two points when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Alexey Lukyanuk and Albert von Thurn und Taxis are set for an early Czech adventure when they contest Rallye Šumava Klatovy this weekend (20-21 April).

Laurent Pellier warmed up for his next FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship appearance with a fine second place on Rallye Sierra Morena in Spain yesterday (14 April).

Slovakia’s Martin Koči made a strong start to his national title bid with second place on Rallye Prešov earlier today.

Hubert Ptaszek, the driver known as Birdman based on a rough English translation of his surname, achieved new heights on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut last month.