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Ford announces Tomanek's return

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Ford announces Tomanek's return
Aug 12, 2005, 9:53 AM

BP-Ford welcomes back Tomanek alongside Kresta Jan Tomanek, Roman Kresta's former co-driver, has been reinstated by the Czech driver at the BP-Ford World Rally Team with immediate effect. Tomanek was forced to stand down in February of this year ...

BP-Ford welcomes back Tomanek alongside Kresta

Jan Tomanek, Roman Kresta's former co-driver, has been reinstated by the Czech driver at the BP-Ford World Rally Team with immediate effect. Tomanek was forced to stand down in February of this year on medical grounds, but is now back to full health following a significant rest and recovery period. Jan Mozny, who has been co-driving Kresta in the interim period, is stepping down.

Tomanek had been suffering from neck pain for some time. He took medical advice following the Swedish Rally earlier this year and was advised to take a break to prevent the possibility of more serious injuries in the event of an accident. However, he has now been cleared by Czech doctors and is fit to continue his 12-year co-driving career alongside Kresta.

Thirty-year-old Mozny, from Prague, had been part of Kresta's safety crew since 2003 and worked with the BP-Ford team in that role on this year's Monte Carlo Rally in January before being drafted in to replace Tomanek at short notice before Rally Mexico in March. He will continue to work with Kresta and Tomanek as their safety crew on future events.

"I would like to thank Jan (Mozny) for all his help, support and hard work during the last eight events while Jan (Tomanek) has been recuperating . However, Jan partnered me on 19 of my world championship starts, we worked well as a team together for two years of my career and I'm looking forward to welcoming him back into the car with me. I hope we can pick up where we left off in Sweden," commented Kresta.

Thirty-two-year old Tomanek from Otrokovice, near Zlin said. "It was a huge disappointment to me to have to stand down earlier in the year. All of my world championship starts have been with Roman and I'm very much looking forward to getting back into the Focus RS with him in Germany and working with the BP-Ford team again. We've got two days testing this weekend and I'm sure I'll settle back into the car quickly."

Tomanek will fly to Germany today (Friday) to begin testing with the BP-Ford team alongside Kresta in preparation for Rallye Deutschland in two weeks time.

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Series WRC
Drivers Roman Kresta , Jan Tomanek , Jan Mozny