Rally Croatia - Six wins from eight for dominant Kopecky

Jan Kopecky marked his first FIA European Rally Championship title triumph by making it six wins from eight starts in the 2013 ERC with a dominant victory in the Croatia Rally on Saturday.

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Jan Kopecky triumphed in Croatia (Reuters)

Kopecky, whose SKODA Motorsport team celebrated his and co-driver Pavel Dresler’s standout title success at the completion of Friday’s opening leg, started day two with a commanding lead of 52.9 seconds. Following a near-faultless drive in his Michelin-shod Fabia Super 2000 on Saturday’s seven stages, Kopecký came out on top by a margin 1m55.6s.

“It was a difficult rally for us because we expected dry weather on the first morning but it was raining and we had the hard compound tyre so this was a big challenge,” said Kopecky.

“The challenge was then to stay on the road, we did this and finally things started to come better for us. But I must say this result is not just for me but also for Pavel and the whole team.”

Andreas Aigner got the better of Hermann Gassner Jr in a thrilling battle for second place with the result putting him back on top of the title standings with two rounds remaining.

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