Valousek wins Czech BFG drive

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Czech driver Pavel Valousek, aged 29, has been chosen to drive the BFGoodrich-backed Peugeot 207 S2000 on the Barum Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, the sixth round of the IRC from August 22-24.

Valousek was chosen by a jury made up of the Czech media, after 24 applications were
received from Czech crews chasing a drive on their home round of the IRC. These where
whittled down to a shortlist of five drivers, comprising Valousek, Tomas Kostka, Jaroslav
Orsak, Jan Slehofer and Karel Trojan. Of the 14 representatives of the Czech media invited
to vote, nine selected Valosuek. “I am very happy and I would like to thank everyone for
giving me this opportunity,” said the Czech driver, who formerly competed in the Junior World
Rally Championship. “It must have been a tough call to make and that is why I would like to
thank everybody for the confidence that they have placed in me.”

Valousek will get the chance to test the car on August 7 near Namur in Belgium, where
Kronos Racing – which will run his Peugeot – is based. Marc Van Dalen, the team principal
of Kronos, commented: “I am delighted with the media’s choice. Even though Pavel Valousek
is still young he has plenty of experience and he is extremely popular. His local knowledge
will help him make up for his lack of experience in a Super 2000 car – and this knowledge
will undoubtedly be a big asset to us when it comes to choosing tyres for the bumpy and lowgrip
asphalt.”