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Tour de Corse: Skoda preview

ŠKODA MOTORSPORT READY FOR TOUGHEST ASPHALT TEST This weekend’s Tour of Corsica is widely acknowledged as the most famous and challenging pure asphalt rally of the entire World Championship. As such it will be a perfect proving ground for the...

ŠKODA MOTORSPORT READY FOR TOUGHEST ASPHALT TEST

This weekend’s Tour of Corsica is widely acknowledged as the most famous and challenging pure asphalt rally of the entire World Championship. As such it will be a perfect proving ground for the all-new Škoda Fabia WRC and an awesome demonstration of every driver’s skill.

ANOTHER WRC EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG CZECH CREW KOPECKÝ – SCHOVÁNEK

Both members of the team enjoy great support from their fathers, who were active racers themselves and made their mark on the history of Czech motor sport several times. Pavel Schovánek formed part of an extremely successful duo with Václav Blahna, and as his co-driver was five-time national rally champion. In all he collected a total of six titles. Josef Kopecký began his career in go-karts, before going on to circuits and uphill racing. In 1994 he won the European Championship in uphill racing and is still the only man to win the FIA cup in a Group N vehicle. In 1998, 2002 and 2002 he won the Škoda Octavia Cup. He was also double circuit racing and three-time uphill racing champion of the Czech Republic. The duo of Kopecký – Schovánek juniors certainly have something to live up to, though their performances to date have already ranked them among the most talented crews in the Czech Republic.

Jan and Filip will line up for the start of Rally GB (6 – 9 November) 10 days after the final event of the Czech National Championship in Trebíc. In recent weeks they have shone with an excellent third place at the Barum Rally and a masterful victory in Príbram.

Team manager Josef Kopecký said: “Jan is just 21, and Filip just three years older, and they are both still gaining in experience. For them to continue to grow, they must have the chance of squaring up to the world elite. Rally GB is ideal for this in view of both its timing and the difficulty of the course, the majority of which is over gravel which you don’t find in Czech Republic. We hope this will provide the boys with great motivation. The atmosphere of the rally itself is immensely important.”

Jan Kopecký said: “I can hardly wait. As a factory supported team we’ve got the right to a relatively low starting number, so we will be competing practically from the start with the very best in the same car we are using for the Czech championship. For the basic configuration we are using information obtained by the Škoda Motorsport factory team from its previous starts at Rally GB. I’ve only seen Rally GB on television and I know that it’s quite fast.”

Co-driver Filip Schovánek said: “I’ve talked to ex-Škoda Motorsport co-driver Miloš Hulka about the conditions we can expect and he’s given me a lot of valuable advice and useful information. We are working closely with members of the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team on the logistics for the event. It will be a demanding week in unpleasant and cold weather, so I have to ensure I am well prepared for it myself. The physical side of things, along with the rain, mud and cold, demand that we are all in absolutely peak condition. Personally I put the emphasis on stretching and relaxing exercises. The neck muscles and the back are particularly important. And it also takes a good state of mind, lots of vitamins and a good routine…”

The final round of 2003 World Rally Championship is to be held 6 – 9 November in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

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