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Azores ERC: Jan Kopecky takes victory for Skoda

Kopecky takes Azores victory for SkodaJan Kopecky won the Rally Azores, the fourth round of the European Rally Championship, to score his first ever victory on a gravel event.

The factory Skoda driver suppressed the challenge of Peugeot's Craig Breen on the final day of the rally, having taken a 13s lead into the day.

He set the fastest time on the final stage of the day, to lay to rest the ghost of him throwing away the 2010 event victory with just 5kms remaining, to win by 32.2s.

Breen was content with his runner-up finish, bearing in mind it was his first event in the Azores, complicated by the fact that the rally was marred by foggy and wet weather conditions throughout.

It is his third consecutive podium in the series, in his first gravel event in the Peugeot 207.

Local hero Ricardo Moura finished third, almost a minute in arrears, on his first drive in a Skoda S2000 car. Portugal's Bruno Magalhaes finished fourth in a Peugeot, ahead of Breen's team-mate Jeremi Ansian.

Robert Kubica finished sixth in his second-ever gravel event for Citroen, recovering well from his double barrel roll on Friday.

His next event in the series is Corsica next month.

Pos Driver                 Team/Car              Time/Gap
 1. Jan Kopecky            Skoda                 2h6m32.2s
 2. Craig Breen            Sainteloc Peugeot     + 32.2s   
 3. Ricardo Moura          Skoda                 + 58.8s   
 4. Bruno Magalhaes        Delta Peugeot         + 2m37.6s
 5. Jeremi Ancian          Sainteloc Peugeot     + 3m27.4s
 6. Robert Kubica          Citroen               + 9m19.1s
 7. Alessandro Bruschetta  Subaru                + 14m57.4s
 8. Luis Rego              Mitsubishi            + 16m36.0s
 9. Antonin Tlustak        Skoda                 + 17m42.1s
10. Marco Tempestini       Subaru                + 18m10.6s

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