Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky leads by 18s after unbeaten run of stage wins
|By Matt Beer||Saturday, August 31st 2013, 09:23 GMT|
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.
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