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Winning streak continues for ŠKODA: Jan Kopecký triumphs at start of #czechrallychampionship 27.3.2017 | category: Motorsport › Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler win #rally Janča Valašská › Kopecký/Dresler win with ŠKODA #fabiar5 to record eleventh straight win over two combined seasons in the Czech championship › Michal Hrabánek: “Respect to Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler for this commanding performance” Valasska #rally 2017 Valasska #rally 2017 Kopřivnice, 26th March 2017 – The ŠKODA works duo of Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) has won the season-opener in the #czechrallychampionship (MČR). The defending champions claimed victory at the #rally Janča Valašská and remained undefeated in their ŠKODA #fabiar5 for the eleventh race over three combined seasons in the national championship. The experienced drivers put on a commanding performance on both days of the #rally and topped the overall standings from the first stage to the last. Jan Černý/Petr Černohorský (CZ/CZ) claimed an impressive third place, also in a ŠKODA #fabiar5, and were just one second behind the second-placed duo of Václav Pech/Petr Uhel (CZ/CZ) at the finish. “Respect to Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler for this commanding opening performance. They dominated the #rally from the first special stage to the last. Of course, this eleventh straight win for the ŠKODA #fabiar5 confirms just how well we have been working. When I look into the eyes of the team members, all I can say is: they are hungry for success and want more. I would also like to congratulate Jan Černý and Petr Černohorský in third place. They showed just how competitive the ŠKODA #fabiar5 is,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. The #rally Janča Valašská, a new addition to the MČR calendar this year, consisted of twelve special stages over a total of 150.56 kilometres, and Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler were victorious on eleven of them. Kopecký dominated the #rally from the first special stage and crossed the finish line 01:11.1 minutes ahead of his arch rival Václav Pech in second place. The battle for second place was more exciting and Pech/Uhel were only able to emerge triumphant on the final stage, pushing the ŠKODA #fabiar5 drivers Černý/Černohorský into third place. “A great weekend for the whole team,” said Jan Kopecký. “The #fabiar5 was perfectly prepared and ran well from the first stage to the last, so it’s a big thankyou to all involved. The win confirms that we are on our way. It is also a yardstick for the next challenges. We want to confirm this good impression at the upcoming domestic and international rallies.”
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