september 16, 2018 - Skoda Racing

Rally Turkey: ŠKODA’s Kopecký on his way to WRC 2 title after retirement of teammate Tidemand

› ŠKODA works crew Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler regained lead of WRC 2 category after the third day of #rally #turkey Marmaris, 10th round of the FIA World #rally Championship › Teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson could not re-start due to safety reasons after their ŠKODA FABIA R5 had been damaged on the last stage of Friday › ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “Today Jan and Pavel impressed me with a faultless and fast drive on the tough gravel stages in #turkey.” Marmaris, 15 September 2018 – Recovering from transmission issues ŠKODA works crew Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) on Saturday regained the lead of the WRC 2 category at #rally #turkey Marmaris (13–16/09/2018), 10th round of the FIA World #rally Championship. After they had to retire on Friday’s last stage, teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE) could not re-start due to safety reasons. However, Tidemand’s title hopes are not gone completely. In case Kopecký wins in #turkey, mathematically the next WRC 2 Champion could only be one of these two ŠKODA factory drivers. Saturday morning of #rally #turkey Marmaris started with sad news for the ŠKODA fans. The tense battle for victory in the WRC 2 category between Jan Kopecký and teammate #pontustidemand prematurely came to the end. After collecting a third puncture on the last stage of Friday and on top of that having broken the suspension, reigning WRC 2 Champion Tidemand provisionally had to stop and to retire from third place. When his ŠKODA FABIA R5 was inspected in service later that evening, additional structural damage was discovered. After consulting with the technical stewards of the FIA it was obvious that a sustainable and safe repair could not be carried out on the spot. As a consequence, Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson were not able to re-start under #rally 2 regulations the next day.

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