ERC - Kopecky fastest in Jännerrallye shakedown

Jan Kopecký’s bid to make it two International Jännerrallye wins in succession got off to the perfect start as the Czech driver paced the shakedown in Austria.

Driving a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000, Kopecký was fastest on the 1.99-kilometre Freistadt Trölsberg shakedown stage.

In damp conditions, the reigning Czech champion set a benchmark time of 1m11.3s with French rallying legend François Delecour second quickest, 1.2s adrift of Kopecký’s best effort.

Beppo Harrach was the top Austrian driver with the third fastest time in his ERC Production Car Cup-chasing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX R4.

Last year’s Austrian title-winner, Raimund Baumschlager, was eighth quickest for his self-run BRR Team.

Top 10 shakedown times

1 Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA) 1m11.3s

2 François Delecour/Dominique Savignoni (Peugeot) +1.2s

3 Beppo Harrach/Leopold Welserscheimb (Mitsubishi) +1.7s

4 Pavel Valoušek/Lukáš Kostka (Peugeot) +2.2s

5 Michal Sołowow/Maciej Baran (Peugeot) +2.8s

6 Václav Pech/Petr Uhel (MINI) +3.1s

7 Bryan Bouffier/Olivier Fournier (Peugeot) +3.4s

8 Raimund Baumschlager/Klaus Wicha (ŠKODA) +3.9s

= Jan Černý/Pavel Kohout (ŠKODA) +3.9s

10 Martin Fischerlehner/Tobias Unterweger (Mitsubishi) +4.6s