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Thu September 5, 2013

Valousek makes history in the ERC IRC Valousek makes history in the ERC Pavel Valoušek made history on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last week when he became the first driver to win a stage in the FIA European Rally Championship at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5. ...

Tue September 3, 2013

3rd place for Bessenyey and Nyirfas IRC 3rd place for Bessenyey and Nyirfas Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Julianna Nyirfas finished 3rd in the 2WD class of the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, the 8th round of the European Rally Championship this weekend. The result means that Bessenyey increases his lead at the top of the 2WD Driver Championship, and is now 53 ...

Sun September 1, 2013

Home ERC glory for Kopecky IRC Home ERC glory for Kopecky Super September in the FIA European Rally Championship is go with Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler kicking off a thrilling month of high-speed action by winning Barum Czech Rally Zlín in their ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 today (Sunday). ...

Skoda's 5th victory on home soil Skoda Skoda's 5th victory on home soil Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) put in a superb performance to secure ŠKODA’s fifth success in a row at the home event Barum Czech Rally Zlín. After a flawless drive, the duo extended their lead in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) standings. Making their first appe...

Stunning pace from Kopecky IRC Stunning pace from Kopecky Jan Kopecký has claimed a lockout of stage wins to lead Barum Czech Rally Zlín by more than half a minute after leg one of the FIA European Rally Championship counter. Driving a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 on MICHELIN’s PILOT Sport R asphalt tyre, the ERC title leader s...

Outstanding home performance Skoda Outstanding home performance After putting in a superb performance, local favourites Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) lead for ŠKODA going into the final day of their home rally. The pairing recorded the fastest time in all nine stages at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Making their debut for the ŠKODA works te...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ end - Kopecky wins @ 01:53 PM - Kopecky wins convincingly. Kresta confirms he ends his career here. Valousek misses 7th by 0.5s. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS15):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h15m23s;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +1m01s6;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m32s7;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m04s3;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m58s7;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +6m35s8;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +7m52s1;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +7m52s6;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +8m27s4;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +9m37s2

IRC CZ SS14 - Still battle for Valousek @ 01:08 PM - Valousek moves up into 8th and he can still take Orsak on the last stage. Other positions should be settled. Stage was now completely dry. Results after SS14:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h10m03s6;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +58s4;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m33s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m06s6;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m59s3;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +6m21s8;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +7m48s;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +7m55s3;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +8m12s1;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +9m20s

IRC CZ SS13 - Mixed conditions @ 12:25 AM - First half of stage is wet, second half completely dry. Kopecky in cruise mode. Kresta wins stage as he still tries to catch Wiegand. Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h58m51s4;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +49s3;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m31s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m59s;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +4m02s6;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m54s7;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m32s2;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +7m44s;
9th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +7m54s;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +8m46s7

IRC CZ SS12 - Valousek & Kresta strong @ 09:59 AM - Kresta stage win, Valousek moves into top10. Sun comes out, afternoon loop could be an interesting mix. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h45m00s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +40s7;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m37s7;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m47s1;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +4m10s8;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m31s2;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m55s1;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +7m13s3;
9th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +7m53s;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +8m01s1

IRC CZ SS11 - Kresta puncture @ 09:12 AM - Valousek wins this stage. Kresta drops near 4min with a tyre change. Tarabus also puncture but finishes stage on it. Orsak on a real flyer, taking over a min out of Bonnefis on SS10&11. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h39m33s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +37s7;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m40s4;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m45s2;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +4m16s6;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m25s5;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m47s8;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +6m59s7;
9th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +7m45s4;
10th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +7m51s

IRC CZ SS10 - Kresta in the rain @ 08:45 AM - It is raining heavily today. Kresta wins stage for a change. Bonnefis loses 2 places in close battle. Valousek in big steps back towards top10. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h27m56s3;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +40s9;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +56s6;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m42s9;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m17s8;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m15s3;
7th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +6m32s9;
8th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m33s4;
9th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +6m45s5;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +7m09s7

Sat August 31, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day2 - Clean sheet for Kopecky @ 07:06 PM - Kopecky wins every stage so far. Tarabus passes Wiegand again for 4th. Stage stayed dry but started to get dark. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h13m56s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +37s5;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +1m05s5;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m51s7;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m56s9;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m24s5;
7th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +5m48s6;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +5m57s7;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m09s5;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +6m46s5

IRC CZ SS8 - Now Lappi out too @ 06:29 PM - Following his SS6 accident Lappi posted a very good time on SS7, but in service it was found the roll cage was damaged. Stage dry but next one could be wet again. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h04m06s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +35s7;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +57s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m33s5;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m46s8;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +4m02s6;
7th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +5m01s9;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +5m11s;
9th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +5m25s;
10th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +5m25s5

IRC CZ SS7 - Now rain too @ 03:16 PM - And now Tlustak in problems, also only RWD. Kostka meanwhile retired. Kopecky keeps his clean sheet of stage wins. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 59m11s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +29s4;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +53s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m30s4;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m42s3;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +3m41s4;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4m37s9;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +4m38s3;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +4m53s2;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +4m54s4

IRC CZ SS6 - Dramatic afternoon @ 02:47 PM - SS6 proves as drama packed as SS5. Valousek loses near 6min with a puncture, Lappi went off for 4min. Kostka continues to have diff problems. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 52m37s9;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +26s8;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +51s4;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m17s5;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m38s6;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +3m21s8;
7th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +3m43s7;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +4m10s2;
9th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +4m27s3;
10th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4m33s7

IRC CZ SS5 - Problems for Kostka @ 01:39 PM - Yet another stage win for Kopecky. Kostka has only RWD with diff problem. He even pulled over to let Tarabus past. Jelinek retired from 9th following a road accident. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 40m35s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +21s4;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +29s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +35s2;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m03s4;
6th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +1m20s;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m34s1;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +2m19s9;
9th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +2m35s;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +3m06s1

IRC CZ SS4 - Valousek, Consani offs @ 10:22 AM - Time penalty 60s early check in for Tarabus. Kopecky won every stage so far. Valousek reports an off with time loss. But to be honest, I would have expected more of this big talent in the Fiesta R5 on the other stages too. Consani crashed and blocks stage, crew OK. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 30m50s3;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +18s8;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +22s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +27s6;
5th= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +41s1;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +46s9;
7th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +59s3;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m24s3;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +1m38s;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +1m42s4

IRC CZ SS3 - Kopecky again, but... @ 09:44 AM - Longest stage of the day and surprisingly Tarabus only 1.4s off Kopecky's pace with Kresta posting a strong time too. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 24m13s9;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +15s1;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +18s8;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +19s6;
5th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +23s7;
6th= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +24s8;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +31s8;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +37s8;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +1m09s4;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +1m13s8

IRC CZ SS2 - Kopecky sets a marker @ 08:58 AM - Kopecky wins stage, quite clear even for such a short stage. Arai's Subaru has engine problems now following last nights fuel starvation. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 12m01s2;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +9s1;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +12s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +15s;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +16s4;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +16s6;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +18s2;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +20s8;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +41s6;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +43s4

Fri August 30, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day1 - What a party! @ 09:52 PM - What a way to start a rally. Not a real SSS but a 9km 3 laps loop through all of Zlin town centre with fireworks and everything. Kopecky fastest, fuel starvation problem on Arai's Subaru. Petak retired, engine. Similar problems for Lappi but still in. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 7m06s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +3s2;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +9s2;
4th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +9s7;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +10s5;
6th= Krosta/Gross, Skoda, +10s6;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +10s9;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +13s3;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +17s8;
10th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +20s6

Wed August 28, 2013

Full Barum Rally Zlin Preview IRC Full Barum Rally Zlin Preview The FIA European Rally Championship is back with a bang and back on asphalt with the 43rd instalment of Barum Czech Rally Zlín next week (30 August-1 September). One of Europe’s most challenging rallies due to the proliferation of high-speed blasts through forests, sections o...

Tue August 27, 2013

Three Skoda teams for home rally Skoda Three Skoda teams for home rally ŠKODA is entering no less than three teams into its home rally in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), in its pursuit of victory. The local heroes Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) intend to defend their overall lead in the highlight of the season, the Barum Czech Rally Zlí...

Mon August 12, 2013

Hänninen: How to win in Zlin IRC Hänninen: How to win in Zlin Juho Hänninen, the winner of last year’s FIA European Rally Championship title, has revealed his secret to success on Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Hänninen scored his maiden victory on the asphalt encounter in 2012 driving a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 for the Czech make’s works team. ...

Zlin organisers do it for the fans IRC Zlin organisers do it for the fans Organisers of round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship are doing it for the fans with a tweaked route designed to make spectating on Barum Czech Rally Zlín even easier. ...

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