Skoda's Jan Kopecky is in the lead midway through the first full day of his and his team's home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Rally Zlin
Andreas Mikkelsen had briefly led for Skoda UK early on Saturday morning before Kopecky moved in front. After five stages, the Czech driver holds a 5.8-second lead over Mikkelsen.
Overnight leader and reigning IRC champion Juho Hanninen is back in fifth, having lost time with a tyre deflation early on then been frustrated with his performances - although he is still only 14.4s off the lead.
Guy Wilks dropped a few seconds with a tyre going down, but remains third for Peugeot UK, just ahead of fellow 207 driver Bryan Bouffier.
Last year's Zlin winner Freddy Loix is only sixth at present, while Corsica victor Thierry Neuville has been unhappy with the handling of his Peugeot and is an increasingly distant seventh.
Leading positions after SS5:Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jan Kopecky Skoda 40m51.8s 2. Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda UK + 5.8s 3. Guy Wilks Kronos/Peugeot UK + 11.7s 4. Bryan Bouffier PH/Peugeot France + 12.5s 5. Juho Hanninen Skoda + 14.4s 6. Freddy Loix BFO Skoda + 24.6s 7. Thierry Neuville Kronos/Peugeot Benelux + 47.0s 8. Toni Gardemeister TGS Skoda + 1m25.7s 9. PG Andersson Proton + 1m30.2s 10. Michal Solowow Cersanit Ford + 1m51.6s
The fifth Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the best yet, and it was Skoda UK driver Andreas Mikkelsen who emerged as champion from a tense five-way shootout at the season finale. Matt Beer reviews the season