june 16, 2019 - Skoda Racing

Rally Italia Sardegna:ŠKODA’s Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopeckýwith double lead in WRC 2 Pro

On their first #rally Italia #sardegna, Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (FIN/FIN) impressed with a fast and clever drive, leading the #wrc 2 Pro category after the second day of the eighth round of the FIA World #rally Championship. Last year’s class winners Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) secure a double lead for ŠKODA Motorsport on the Mediterranean island just 0.6 seconds behind their teammates. After Friday morning’s re-start, #kallerovanpera had problems to judge his speed. “It is really difficult. I don’t have any experience with these conditions. So it’s hard for me to know, if I am going fast or slow,” confessed the young Finn. He got the answer some minutes later when he realized, that he had set the fastest time among the R5 competitors. On the next three stages, Rovanperä had to fight with heavy oversteering behaviour of his ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo. Nevertheless, he managed to reach the midday halt at the harbour of Alghero without any mistake. The ŠKODA engineers and mechanics modified the setup of his car for the afternoon stages. At this point, his teammates and last year’s class winners Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler were in the category lead. The Czech Champion confessed: “It’s like driving in a sauna. In the morning, we had outside temperatures exceeding 39 degrees – in the car it was even hotter!” ŠKODA Motorsport was in a solid double lead in the #wrc 2 Pro category while the main rivals, Citroën driver Mads Østberg (technical issues) and’ Ford’s Gus Greensmith (accident), dropped down the leader board.

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