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Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky leads by 18s after unbeaten run of stage wins

Jan Kopecky ERC 2013

European Rally Championship leader Jan Kopecky is dominating his home round in the Czech Republic after the first full loop of stages.

An unbeaten run of stage wins so far gives Kopecky a lead of 18.8 seconds over countryman Vaclav Pech's Mini.

Skoda has entered a 'super-team' on its home event, with Kopecky joined by its WRC2 drivers Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand.

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Both initially struggled to match the locals on the fast, narrow and bumpy roads, but two top-three stage times for Lappi have brought the Finn up to fifth and into Roman Kresta and Jaromir Tarabus's battle for third.

Wiegand has found it harder to get up to speed and is currently seventh.

Leading positions after SS4:

Pos  Driver            Team/Car           Time/Gap
 1.  Jan Kopecky       Skoda              30m50.3s
 2.  Vaclav Pech       Invelt Mini          +18.8s
 3.  Roman Kresta      Adell Mogul Skoda    +22.8s
 4.  Jaromir Tarabus   AK Skoda             +24.3s
 5.  Esapekka Lappi    Skoda                +27.6s
 6.  Tomas Kostka      Rufa Ford            +41.1s
 7.  Sepp Wiegand      Skoda                +46.9s
 8.  Pavel Valousek    Delimax Ford         +59.3s
 9.  Antonin Tlustak   GPD Skoda          +1m42.4s
10.  Germain Bonnefis  Renault            +2m28.5s
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