Kopecky pleased with 6th after leg one

Kopecky pleased with 6th after leg oneFrom Skoda Press [ 18/08/2007 ].
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ADAC Rallye Deutschland had its first six special stages in the schedule of the first leg, which were very well managed by the Jan Kopecký-Filip Schovánek crew with their Škoda Fabia WRC from the Czech Rally Team Kopecký. Jan turned in and excellent performance, where five times in six special stages he ran a time in the top ten.

The Škoda Fabia WRC worked flawlessly and not even a tire defect at the end of today's section impacted the Jan Kopecký-Filip Schovánek crew's great sixth position in the running order of the Rallye Deutschland following the first leg.

On the schedule of Saturday's leg are eight special stages in the Baumholder military zone, including two runs through the legendary thirty kilometer stage Panzerplatte.

"I am utmost satisfied with today's performance and position in the running order. We were able to enter the Rallye Deutschland fantastic and the sixth place, which we are at following Friday's leg, is excellent.

I am fully aware that we had lots of luck on our side today. Our car was able to avoid any technical problems and this only showed the top of the line preparation by the Czech Rally Team Kopecký before the race. The handling of the Škoda Fabia WRC was excellent and we used as much as we could from the information we collected during the two day test before the race and from yesterday's shakedown.

Of course I wish that luck remained in our favor in the throughout the Rallye Deutschland, where nothing is yet even close to being decided. Well, there still are thirteen special stages on the race schedule, which will definitely be run in high pace," assessed the initial leg of ADAC Rallye Deutschland the driver Jan Kopecký.

"The sixth place following the Friday's leg is excellent. Jan and Filip turned in an excellent performance and perfectly handled the start of the race, but mainly they masterfully tackled those spots in the special stages, which had a very slippery surface. It is understandable that it is in Germany where we want to succeed and even this partial pressure was well managed by our crew. The finish of the race is still quite a way off and that is why we are not being overwhelmed by euphoria, although the starting position is really quite optimistic," added extra information team manager Josef Kopecký.