The Škoda Fabia R5, in a special version referring to the anniversary of the creation of an independent state 100 years ago, will take its national premiere at the Wallachian Rally on March 23rd and 24th. The new Golden Steering Wheel holder, Jan Kopecký, will participate with his traditional navigator Pavel Dresler of the complete Czech Championship 2018. In this he will strive to extend his invincibility and the 4th championship title in a row.
The experienced rally driver Jan Kopecký first introduced himself to the wheel of the competition car in 2001 and his first title of the champion of the Czech Republic won the Škoda Fabia WRC in the 2004 season. The second one was added to the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 with the current navigator Pavel Dresler in 2012, followed by a series of three triumphs in 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the special Škoda Fabia R5. The exceptionally successful last season, in which Kopecký / Dresler won the fourth place in the WRC2 world championship, was also crowned on the motorsport evening, where Jan Kopecký took over the Golden Wheel for the most successful Czech pilot of the rally and Pavel Dresler was motorists awarded as the best co-driver of the past year .
Rally fans will again be able to personally verify the quality of new ŠKODA cars during testing trips directly at the venues of selected championships. Visitors can also try their luck in a year-long game for a long-term loan to a new car and compete for more interesting prizes. Škoda Parks in the service base of selected rally traditionally offer a range of adventure activities for both adults and children.
"The Škoda brand is indelibly written in the history of motor sport. I am delighted that we can use this tradition to introduce Škoda products and services to potential customers also in an attractive environment of top-notch rallysports. Our crew Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler wishes a lot of successes in rivalry and all the spectators unforgettable sporting experiences, " reminds 117-year-old Škoda Auto Motor Co., Lubomir Vlcek, head of Škoda Auto Czech Republic.
Since the start of the year 2015, when it was first deployed, Škoda Fabia R5 was not defeated in the Czech Republic Championship in combination with the crew Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler. In the national championship it won 16 non-stop competitions in a row. This exceptionally successful series confirms the strengths of the Czech competition special, which is also popular among private teams. In addition to the factory crew, which will board a national-colored car reminiscent of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of an independent state, a number of other crews with ŠKODA cars will take part in this series - some of them with the support of authorized dealers. The first measurement of forces is on the agenda in several weeks around Valašské Meziříčí.
Calendar of the Czech Championship in Automotive Competitions 2018:
23-24.3 .; Kowax Wallachian Rally ValMez
20.-21.4 .; Rallye Šumava Klatovy
18.-19.5 .; Rallye Český Krumlov
15-16.6 .; Agrotec Petronas Rally Hustopece
30.6.-1.7 .; Rally Bohemia Mlada Boleslav
24-26.8 .; Barum Czech Rally Zlin
5.-7.10 .; SVK Rally Pribram
Source: tz, edited editorially
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