Kopecky holds position after leg 2

Kopecky holds position after leg 2From Skoda Press [ 13/10/2007 ].
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Rally Corsica continued on Saturday with its second leg and the schedule included six special stages. The Czech Rally Team Kopecký, in its traditional makeup Jan Kopecký-Filip Schovánek, entered Saturday's leg as the ninth fastest and it held the position just outside of the eighth scored position even following the twelfth special stage, which closed the first two legs of the tarmac race on the island of Corsica.


The character of the special stages is not optimal for Škoda Fabia WRC car; in spite of that Jan still has a real chance to finish the race in a scored position. Even the final leg will be comprised of special stages full of sharp turns and distinct climbs. This is what makes Rally Corsica distinctly different from other tarmac races.

Jan Kopecký will start into the final four special stages of Sunday's leg from ninth place with a clear strategy to bring the Škoda Fabia WRC in the demanding race all the way to the finish ramp.

"Ninth place belongs to our team even after Saturday's leg and we are satisfied with the running position with regards to the character of the special stages. Before the race I did not expect that Jan with the current car could battle for a point position in Rally Corsica.

Weather exceptionally favored Friday's and Saturday's race legs, because the temperatures were between fifteen and twenty five degrees Celsius. Spectators are really enjoying Rally Corsica, special stages pass though beautiful landscape, weather is excellent and on the track there are battles taking place where world rally points are at stake. Unfortunately the character of special stages is not optimal for our car and that is why our crew cannot be directly involved into battles in scored positions. We would very much like to successfully handle Sunday's stage so that we bring our Škoda Fabia WRC car to the finish ramp. Understandably we will closely watch the battles between eight fastest drivers," said the team manager Josef Kopecký.

"Our Škoda Fabia WRC car works flawlessly and it is only a pity that it is not available in newer homologation. Quite surely we would be able to battle with the top even in Rally Corsica. Local special stages place an emphasis especially on engine torque and its course. This parameter cannot unfortunately be significantly improved without the new homologation.

Of course I am happy with ninth position and understandably we will wait to see how the race will develop dring Suday's stage," added Jan Kopecký.