Canaries ERC: Jan Kopecky seals victory after Robert Kubica's crash
|Saturday, March 23rd 2013, 16:55 GMT|
Jan Kopecky wrapped up his second victory of the European Rally Championship season in the Canary Islands after Robert Kubica's Saturday crash.
Kubica had been over a minute clear of the field on his ERC debut before sliding into a crash barrier and damaging his Citroen on stage 10.
That left Kopecky clear to cruise through the final loop of stages and win the event for the third time.
The Skoda driver had been in a close battle with Craig Breen on Friday, but had pulled ahead by the end of the day and was therefore unchallenged once Kubica was out.
Breen ultimately finished 1m52.4s adrift.
Luis Monzon, the event's promoter, repeated his 2012 third place. He had been delayed by a puncture on Friday before benefiting when the same happened to Breen's Sainteloc Peugeot team-mate Jeremi Ancian.
Andreas Aigner and Gorka Antxustegi won the Production and 2WD classes respectively.
Leading finishers after SS14: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jan Kopecky Skoda 2h24m30.9s 2. Craig Breen Sainteloc Peugeot + 1m52.4s 3. Luis Monzon Canarias Mini + 3m18.9s 4. Andreas Aigner Stohl Subaru + 6m50.8s 5. Germain Bonnefis Renault + 8m31.0s 6. Gorka Antxustegi Iberica Suzuki + 9m21.6s 7. Janos Puskadi Eurosol Skoda + 10m13.6s 8. Jean-Mathieu Leandri Sainteloc Peugeot + 11m05.8s 9. Robert Consani Renault + 11m57.7s 10. Antonin Tlustak GPD Skoda + 14m05.2s Leading retirements: Jeremi Ancian Sainteloc Peugeot SS11 Robert Kubica Citroen SS11 Daniel Oliveira Stohl Ford SS6