From racing Sagan to taking on the ERC’s elite, Kostka returns for home rally
Last month Tomáš Kostka was in action against pro-riders Peter Sagan and Zdeněk Štybar in a national championship cycle race in Trnava, Slovakia. Next month he’ll be taking on the ERC’s elite on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
A three-time podium finisher on the FIA European Rally Championship counter, the former circuit racer was unable to secure the funding to compete last season, but returns this year in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 co-driven by Ladislav Kučera and run by Kresta Racing, the team owned by his brother-in-law and Czech rallying legend Roman Kresta.
“I’m glad to be back,” said Kostka, who finished second in Zlín in 2016 and third in 2012 and 2014. “Of course, this was difficult in terms of finances, but everyone has to deal with this. There are two tests ahead of us and everything should be ready to go for the best place again.”
Zlin-born Kostka has been restricted to three competitive starts since his last Barum Czech Rally Zlín appearance in 2017 due to funding issues.
This year’s event takes place from 16-18 August.