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Wed August 31, 2016

Barum post event press conference IRC Barum post event press conference Present: Jan Kopecký (JK)/Pavel Dresler (PD), ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5, first place Tomáš Kostka (TK)/Ladislav Kučera (LK), Rufa Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5, second place Jan Cerný (JC)/Petr Černohorský (PC), Mogul Czech National Team ŠKODA Fabia R5, third place ...

Mon August 29, 2016

Sven Smeets is new VW Motorsport boss WRC Sven Smeets is new VW Motorsport boss Volkswagen Motorsport has undergone a restructuring at management level: Sven Smeets (44) will take over as Volkswagen Motorsport Director on 01 September 2016. He succeeds Jost Capito (57), who is leaving the company to pursue a new professional challenge. Lukasz Urban (34) also...

Sun August 28, 2016

ERC title fight between Pirelli drivers IRC ERC title fight between Pirelli drivers A thrilling battle between two talented Pirelli drivers for the coveted European Rally Championship title will continue to the next round in Latvia, following a dramatic Barum Czech Rally Zlin. Russia's Alexey Lukyanuk - a fearless and spectacular driver, in the mould of P...

Big Skoda success at the Barum Rally Skoda Big Skoda success at the Barum Rally ŠKODA works duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) won the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, thereby defending the title in the Czech rally championship (MČR) before the end of the season. Kopecký won the national championship for the fourth time after 2004, 2012 and 2015. The experien...

Kopecky wins in last stage dramas IRC Kopecky wins in last stage dramas Jan Kopecký has won his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, for the fifth time after a flat-out duel with Alexey Lukyanuk all the way until a dramatic final stage. The 2013 European champion Kopecký led after all but one of the 15 stages ...

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IRC Championship situation @ 02:28 PM - Lukyanuk's drama means Kajto needs just 2 points in the next round for the title.

IRC CZ SS15 - end and Lukyanuk crash @ 02:16 PM - Unbelievable, Lukyanuk delivers is traditional last stage crash. Kopecky wins. Habaj crash too. 2nd place may still be open for Cerny was held up by Kreim. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h07m34s79;
2nd= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +2m34s;
3rd= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m41s9;
4th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +3m47s7;
5th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +5m16s1;
6th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +5m17s7;
7th= Cherain/Cuvelier, Ford, +5m40s4;
8th= Staif/Rajnoha, Skoda, +5m43s3;
9th= Jakes/Ehlova, Skoda, +6m00s5;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +7m02s

IRC CZ SS14 @ 01:39 PM - With on stage to go there is still drama. Lukyanuk takes time out of Kopecky again. Kreim has a puncture and holds up Cerny for 10km. As a result Cerny loses 3rd place and the final results may go to the stewards. Cherain passes Jakes. Results after SS14:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h00m19s9;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +4s6;
3rd= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +2m32s4;
4th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m38s;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +3m40s6;
6th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +4m58s3;
7th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +5m04s6;
8th= Staif/Rajnoha, Skoda, +5m30s7;
9th= Cherain/Cuvelier, Ford, +5m31s4;
10th= Jakes/Ehlova, Skoda, +5m42s5

IRC CZ SS13 - Drama, nobody wants 3rd! @ 12:52 AM - Nobody wants 3rd! Kostka lost 3rd on the previous stage with diff problems. Now Bouffier lost 3rd when he did not start SS13 with an engine problem. New 3rd Tarabus then crashes (crew OK) in SS13! Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h50m38s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +8s9;
3rd= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m29s8;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +2m33s4;
5th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +2m51s2;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +3m32s5;
7th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +4m39s6;
8th= Staif/Rajnoha, Skoda, +5m07s4;
9th= Jakes/Ehlova, Skoda, +5m09s4;
10th= Cherain/Cuvelier, Ford, +5m13s9

IRC CZ SS12 @ 10:05 AM - Kopecky wins stage 2.7s from Lukyanuk. But bigger news is a broken differential and such RWD for Kostka, who drops from just gained 3rd to 6th. In fight for 3rd Bouffier gains, but has a sick sounding engine. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h39m22s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5s9;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +1m50s3;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m52s3;
5th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m11s6;
6th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +2m14s9;
7th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +2m33s4;
8th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +3m10s8;
9th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +4m14s;
10th= Staif/Rajnoha, Skoda, +4m32s7

IRC CZ SS11 @ 09:45 AM - Kopecky has overshot and Lukyanuk is again just 3.2s from the lead. Bouffier has a spin. Sirmacis has stage halting crash, crew OK. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h32m09s;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +3s2;
3rd= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +1m20s3;
4th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +1m39s;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m40s8;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m59s3;
7th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +2m17s6;
8th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m51s3;
9th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +3m55s4;
10th= Jakes/Ehlova, Skoda, +4m14s7

IRC CZ SS10 @ 08:38 AM - Pech Porsche retires from 7th after stage with gearbox problems. Lukyanuk and Bouffier not woken up properly this morning? Kopecky extends his lead over Lukyanuk from 0.5s to 8.4s. Bouffier loses 3rd to Kostka. Sirmacis drops 2min. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h22m14s5;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +8s4;
3rd= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +1m21s8;
4th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +1m24s3;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m37s7;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m54s8;
7th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +2m04s5;
8th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +2m11s9;
9th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m45s3;
10th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +3m36s1

Sat August 27, 2016

Kopecky & Lukyanuk split by half a sec IRC Kopecky & Lukyanuk split by half a sec Jan Kopecký leads Alexey Lukyanuk by just half a second in a thrilling battle going into the final day of Barum Czech Rally Zlín, whilst FIA European Rally Championship leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz was unable to complete the opening leg. Factory ŠKODA Motorsport driver Kopecký,...

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IRC CZ SS9 - day2 @ 07:15 PM - What a fight! Last stage of the day and Kopecky re-takes lead by just half a sec! Tarabus passes Cerny for 5th. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h10m44s;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +1m00s2;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +1m08s1;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m32s5;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m34s2;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +1m45s9;
8th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1m54s6;
9th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m34s3;
10th= Staif/Rajnoha, Skoda, +3m04s9

IRC CZ SS8 - Lukyanuk takes lead @ 06:41 PM - Just brilliant driving by Lukyanuk, taking lead from Kopecky by 1.2s. Power steering problem for Habaj and big off (but continuing) for Botka. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h04m21s6;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +1s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +49s7;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +55s8;
5th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m20s7;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m21s2;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +1m35s3;
8th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1m41s2;
9th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m23s8;
10th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +2m40s2

IRC CZ SS7 @ 05:12 PM - Second run of the longest stage of the rally. Lukyanuk attacks Kopecky big style. Valousek drops from 5th to 9th with a puncture. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 57m34s7;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +2s1;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +38s3;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +41s2;
5th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m02s;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m02s6;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +1m17s6;
8th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1m23s9;
9th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m13s3;
10th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +2m16s4

IRC CZ SS6 @ 02:50 PM - Bouffier was held up by another car spinning and may get around 10sec deducted from his overall time. Sirmacis meanwhile lost 2min with a puncture after cutting too much. Lukyanuk damaged his suspension in a spin and lost 8sec. (Bouffer got awarded 9sec) Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 46m13s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +9s;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +29s6;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +30s2;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +43s3;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +47s7;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +50s1;
8th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +58s7;
9th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1m09s6;
10th= Vlcek/Zakova, Ford, +1m44s9

IRC CZ SS5 @ 01:14 PM - Kajto indeed has retired but will restart tomorrow. Kopecky won every stage so far but this time stage win goes to Lukyanuk, cutting Kopecky's lead to just 1.4s. Jelinik off road, crew OK. Watch fights for 3rd and 6th Kostka passes Bouffier again and Cerny edges past Tarabus. In ERC-Junior title chase Griebel takes a dent when he damages his steering on a pole. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 38m52s1;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1s4;
3rd= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +24s9;
4th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +25s5;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +37s3;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +41s;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +41s5;
8th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +51s8;
9th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +53s9;
10th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1m02s72

IRC CZ SS4 - Kajto in problems @ 01:06 PM - Kajto is 4th fastest on stage but reports a problem with engine power. If it is terminal this would hand title chances to Lukyanuk. Kajto has a jump start penalty on top, meaning Bouffier climbs from 5th to 3rd in this stage. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 32m22s9;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +6s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +22s6;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +22s7;
5th= Kajetanowicz/´Baran, Ford, +30s6;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +33s8;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +36s;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +36s5;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +42s;
10th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +47s4

IRC CZ SS3 @ 09:51 AM - Herman Kobus into the trees from 8th (crew OK). Kreim drops from 6th to 11th (10th if you ignore Pech in the Porsche) for just not finding right rythm. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 25m38s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +3s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +13s2;
4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +13s6;
5th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +19s2;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +23s;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +24s3;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +25s6;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +27s2;
10th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +34s7

IRC CZ SS2 @ 08:22 AM - Kopecky wins stage despite clipping a hay bale. Tarabus has an alternator problem and Botka has a puncture after clipping a bridge. Kostka, Bouffier and Sirmacis are gaining places. Valousek is now tied 4th rather than tied 3rd. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 13m57s6;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +2s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +7s4;
=4th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +10s2;
=4th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +10s2;
6th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +10s9;
7th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +11s9;
=8th= Kobus/Thierie, Skoda, +13s5;
=8th= Pech/Uhel, Porsche, +13s5;
10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +14s1

Fri August 26, 2016

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IRC CZ SS1 - day1 @ 10:23 PM - Big festival Zlin street stage with some 50.000 spectators. No major incidents but great night action with glowing brake disks, light pods and much more. Kopecky leads after this 9.3km town centre stage. Kajto & Valousek are tied for 3rd and Odlozilik is tied for 11th with Vaclav Pech's RGT Porsche. Ingram leads Juniors 5.4s ahead of tied team mates Griebel & Tannert. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 6m31s6;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s8;
=3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s3;
=3rd= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1s3;
5th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +1s7;
6th= Kostka/Kucera, Skoda, +3s2;
7th= Kobus/Thierie, Skoda, +4s1;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +5s8;
9th= Bouffier/Dini, Citroen, +6s;
10th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +6s3

Thu August 25, 2016

Andreucci and Pirelli chase Italian title General Andreucci and Pirelli chase Italian title Just three rounds of the Italian Rally Championship remain this year, all on asphalt, starting with the Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia this weekend (which will be followed by the Rally di Roma Capitale and the Rally Due Valli). Multiple Italian champions Paolo Andreucci and Anna...

Pirelli on verge of ERC title IRC Pirelli on verge of ERC title This weekend's all-asphalt round of the European Rally Championship, the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, offers the first opportunity for Pirelli's Kajetan Kajetanowicz to clinch this year's title, driving a Ford Fiesta R5 run by the Lotos Rally Team. ...

Skoda on rally classic at home Skoda Skoda on rally classic at home Jan Kopecký (CZ) and co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) have their sights set on winning the traditional rally in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) for the fifth time. After four wins at the first four rounds of the season, the Czech ŠKODA duo is the top favourite to triumph at t...

Tue August 23, 2016

Tempestini also wins on tarmac Citroen Tempestini also wins on tarmac After winning on gravel in Portugal and Poland, Simone Tempestini and Giovanni Bernacchini showed their versatility in taking the honours at Rallye Deutschland. The Italian crew managed to keep out of trouble to take victory, meaning they can wrap up the FIA Junior WRC title at t...

Hyundai confirms Sordo for 2017 WRC Hyundai confirms Sordo for 2017 Hyundai Motorsport has today confirmed a two-year extension to its agreement with Dani Sordo, which will see the Spaniard remain with the team until the end of 2018. Sordo has played an integral part in establishing Hyundai Motorsport in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...

Mon August 22, 2016

Skoda 1-2-3-4 Skoda Skoda 1-2-3-4 ŠKODA celebrated a commanding one-two-three-four result at the Rally Germany and thereby continued their impressive run of success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). Just as they did three weeks ago at the Rally Finland, the ŠKODA works duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FI...

Strong Peugeot show in Germany Peugeot Strong Peugeot show in Germany Although the result of the 2016 ADAC Rallye Deutschland does not do justice to his performance, Spaniard Jose Antonio Suarez produced a strong run on the asphalt event, his favourite type of surface, racking up a high number of top WRC2 times in the course of the weekend in his P...

Pirelli proves wet performance WRC Pirelli proves wet performance Rallye Deutschland is always one of the most arduous rallies on the entire World Rally Championship, making it the perfect place for Pirelli to introduce the new Cinturato RW wet tyre for heavy rain, in 235/40-18 size, alongside the proven P Zero RK asphalt tyre. With Rallye D...

Elfyn Evans is British Champion 2016 Ford Elfyn Evans is British Champion 2016 Elfyn Evans and co-driver Craig Parry won the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally this weekend (19/20 August) and with it claimed the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship title. The DMACK British Rally Team crew continued their impressive success rate, making it four wins from...

Sun August 21, 2016

Ostberg secures 6th in Germany Ford Ostberg secures 6th in Germany M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg kept his Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC clear of trouble to bring home a solid sixth place at this weekend's ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Equalling his second best result at this event - his best result of fourth coming behind ...

Double podium for Hyundai WRC Double podium for Hyundai Hyundai Motorsport has today claimed a fantastic double podium result with Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville finishing in second and third respectively in Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In one of the most thrilling finales of...

Volkswagen wins at home event WRC Volkswagen wins at home event Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are back on the winning track - and it is asphalted: victory at the Rally Germany went to Volkswagen for the second year in a row. As they did last year, Ogier/Ingrassia won round nine of this season's FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) ...

Thu August 18, 2016

VW party on Panzerplatte WRC VW party on Panzerplatte Rally taxi rides alongside rally legend Markku Alén (FIN), fan TV on the big screen, and prominent guests - Volkswagen is well represented at the five special stages that will take place on the "Panzerplatte" at the Baumholder military training ground at the German car maker'...

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