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Tue September 15, 2015

Kumho tyres help Kobus into Barum top10 IRC Kumho tyres help Kobus into Barum top10 Considering the Dutch pairing of Hermen Kobus and Erik de Wild were experiencing the first major event in their new Skoda Fabia R5, a result of 8th overall in the Barum Czech Rally Zlín (August 29/30) was a mighty impressive result. But for a harmless spin on the second day it wo...

Sun August 30, 2015

Skoda's dream ERC victory on home soil IRC Skoda's dream ERC victory on home soil Jan Kopecký has won round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, for the fourth time, after a masterful performance in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5. Co-driven by Pavel Dresler, Kopecký's blistering pace over the 15 fast and bumpy Tarmac...

Kopecky wins Czech Championship title Skoda Kopecky wins Czech Championship title ŠKODA driver Jan Kopecký (CZ) was crowned Czech national champion, thereby giving the works team its first title with the new Fabia R5. Together with his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ), Kopecký was victorious on home soil at the 45th Barum Czech Rally Zlín, beating the gathered Eur...

Kopecky leads on Skoda home round IRC Kopecky leads on Skoda home round Jan Kopecký leads round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, after a fast, furious and very hot opening leg in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5. Co-driven by Pavel Dresler, Kopecký is on course to win the event for the fourth time and clinch ...

Kopecky dominates Europe's best Skoda Kopecky dominates Europe's best A week after his triumph in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2), Jan Kopecký (CZ) in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 is also dominating Europe’s top drivers. After a commanding performance on home soil, the works driver and his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) are the frontrunners for the fi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS15 - end @ 01:57 PM - Kopecky takes it steady and wins. Breen makes up another place. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h12m17s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +27s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +39s9;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m10s8;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m30s;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +4m07s;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m25s;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +4m31s1;
9th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +5m46s2;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +6m41s

IRC CZ SS14 @ 01:01 PM - Lukyanuk wins 2nd stage in a row. Breen only 0.1s behind Kobus before the last stage. Tlustak has a puncture and drops outside the top10. Results after SS14:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h07m01s4;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s7;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +45s4;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m17s1;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m32s2;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m59s;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +4m26s9;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m27s;
9th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +5m45s7;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +6m35s9

IRC CZ SS13 @ 12:20 AM - Lukyanuk and Pech share stage win. Jakes moved past Jelinek into the top10. Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h53m46s9;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +47s1;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m24s5;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m17s9;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m38s1;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m54s4;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m16s4;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m22s8;
10th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +5m44s3

IRC CZ SS12 @ 09:38 AM - Top drivers seem to slow down not to take risks. That said, Kajetanowicz is catching Pech big time, so this could open up fight for 2nd. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h46m59s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +41s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +54s7;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m34s;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m19s1;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m31s2;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m52s4;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m20s4;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m12s1;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +5m40s3

IRC CZ SS11 @ 08:52 AM - Jakes delayed with a punture, Martin retired for unknown reasons (just that it is after a jump). Kopecky back to stage winning ways. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h41m41s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +35s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1h00s4;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m36s9;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m22s;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m30s5;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m46s2;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m22s1;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m02s3;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +5m36s8

IRC CZ SS10 @ 08:05 AM - The stage that scared everybody. Medium speed but lots of lose gravel. Even Kopecky spun, claiming "I turned it into donuts for the spectators". In the end Breen won the stage! Breen and Kobus gained places. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h28m25s;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +55s8;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m25s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m03s;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m51s6;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m09s2;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m17s3;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m25s4;
10th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m10s6

Sat August 29, 2015

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS9 - day2 @ 06:31 PM - Kopecky wins every stage. No major dramas. Martin passes Kobus. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h21m30s2;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +35s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +58s2;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m30s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m06s3;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m56s4;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m04s8;
8th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m20s8;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m22s2;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +4m15s

IRC CZ SS8 @ 05:54 PM - Comparatively calm stage, top places seem to be settled, but Jakes takes 6th from Cerny. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h11m45s;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +58s;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m28s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m53s8;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m40s3;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m43s7;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m04s;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m07s6;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m46s6

IRC CZ SS7 @ 03:31 PM - Kostka retires from 4th. Jakes has two overshots and drops behind Cerny. Breen reports "a small problem" but gives no further info. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h04m04s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +24s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +52s7;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m21s9;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m38s8;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m25s3;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m25s5;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m54s5;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m53s9;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m24s7

IRC CZ SS6 @ 02:55 PM - 5th stage win in a row for Kopecky. Pech seems to concede with 2nd place. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 54m19s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +23s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +42s9;
4th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +1m08s2;
5th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m13s7;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m23s2;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m41s8;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m05s3;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m14s2;
10th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m33s5

IRC CZ SS5 - Puncture for Breen @ 01:31 PM - Breen drops 2 min with a puncture and swears he has hit nothing. Neubauer retires with brake problems. Kopecky extends lead. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 44m24s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +16s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +36s6;
4th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +55s1;
5th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m07s;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m08s5;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m27s5;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m47s4;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m57s4;
10th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m13s8

IRC CZ SS4 @ 11:08 AM - Jeets clipped a gas pipe at a house and there is a gas leak now! Lukyanuk passed Valousek. Ingram had a puncture, not good for the fight for 2nd Junior. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 34m42s6;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +8s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +31s8;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +37s8;
5th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +41s1;
6th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +51s6;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +51s9;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m05s4;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m20s2;
10th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m20s3

IRC CZ SS3 @ 10:12 AM - More stars falling by the side. Odlozilik retires from 9th with a broken wheel, Tarabus retires from 6th with oil pump failure. Jeets and Jakes have overshots. Breen has a slow puncture. Kopecky confirms lead with another stage win. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 26m57s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +4s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s3;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +30s7;
5th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +32s6;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +37s7;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +43s3;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +56s;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m01s4;
10th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m04s5

IRC CZ SS2 @ 10:06 AM - Kopecky wins stage and takes rally lead. Consani goes off and retires, Charles Martin has a puncture. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 17m09s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +1s4;
3rd= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +13s8;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +14s;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s1;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +20s8;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +22s;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +23s5;
9th= Odlocilik/Turecek, Ford, +25s8;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +28s1

Fri August 28, 2015

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day1 - Dramatic Zlin street stage @ 11:14 PM - Stage needed to be interrupted 3 times, so some of the drivers outside top20 will get notional times. But even in the top20, many people started with cold engines, tyres and brakes, Tarabus had some issues, Wiegand had a massive engine problem and broke the suspension trying to let another driver pass. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, 7m08s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +3s6;
3rd= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +5s5;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +5s7;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +7s7;
6th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +9s3;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +10s;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +11s7;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +13s1;
10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +14s2

Thu August 27, 2015

Q&A Diogo Gago Peugeot Q&A Diogo Gago Diogo Gago is one of five drivers in with a chance of becoming ERC Junior vice-champion on next week's Barum Czech Rally Zlín. By his own admission, it has been a bit of an up and down first season in ERC Juniors - with blistering speed and a few unfortunate crashes. Fiaerc.c...

ERC Junior runner up a team work deal? IRC ERC Junior runner up a team work deal? Five drivers will be fighting to become ERC Junior vice-champion at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín as the 2015 series draws to an exciting climax. Ralfs Sirmacis is currently second in the Michelin-supported series, although the Sport Racing Technologies Peugeot 208 R2 driver is only...

Stunning ERC entry for Barum IRC Stunning ERC entry for Barum Next week's Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August), round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, has received a massive 143-car entry, with drivers from 26 countries participating in the challenging Tarmac event. There are 22 R5 and Super 2000 cars in the top ERC1 ...

Tue August 25, 2015

Ingram aims to be ERC Junior vice champ Peugeot Ingram aims to be ERC Junior vice champ It is exactly 12 months since PEUGEOT UK unveiled its new rising young rally star. The new team has come a long way in such a short time, and now its driver, Chris Ingram, has a chance to be crowned vice champion in one of the sport’s most competitive championships, as the 2015 E...

Kopecky to wrap up first Fabia R5 title? Skoda Kopecky to wrap up first Fabia R5 title? The new ŠKODA Fabia R5 possesses genuine power: ŠKODA duo Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) have won all four rounds of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) so far in ŠKODA’s new rally car. Kopecký/Dresler also got the third win in a row for the ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the FIA W...

Mon August 17, 2015

New Barum Rally book focuses on ERC IRC New Barum Rally book focuses on ERC A brand new limited edition 160-page book on the rich history of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín has just been published, with a focus on its vibrant association with the FIA European Rally Championship. "As this year will be 45th edition of the Barum Rally, we decided to make a publi...

Magnificient entry for Barum Rally IRC Magnificient entry for Barum Rally This month's Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August) has received a magnificent FIA European Rally Championship entry - but you'll have to wait until next Monday (17 August) for the publication of the list!...

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