In 2019, the World Championship was split into two groups. The FIA launched the WRC 2 Pro for car
manufacturers, while the WRC 3 was intended for private teams. 2019 became the most successful
year in ŠKODA’s motorsport history. Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen of Finland won the WRC 2
Pro category of the World Championship. Jan Kopecký with Pavel Dresler & Jan Hloušek as navigators
helped ŠKODA win the Manufacturers’ Cup. Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais (FRA), a ŠKODA
customer team, triumphed in the WRC 2. Other FIA championships were won by FABIA R5 drivers
appearing in the European Rally Championship (ERC), the Junior European Rally Championship
(FIA ERC1), the African Rally Championship (ARC) and the North America and Central America
Championship (NACAM). Other ŠKODA customer teams won a total of 23 national championships.
No matter who is behind the wheel, ŠKODA
scores points – and most often for first place like
at the 2019 Rally Portugal won by Kalle
Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen.
Jan Kopecký (1982)
Became the CZ International Karting
Champion at the age of sixteen. He started
his ŠKODA racing career in pick-up races. As
a ŠKODA Motorsport member, Jan gradually became our most successful rally driver
in modern history, as documented in this
publication. He has made appearances on
all rallying continents, always as one of the
best; he and Pavel Dresler, his long-standing
navigators, were the first WRC 2 World
Champions (in a ŠKODA FABIA R5).
Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler won the local
championship again. Five appearances, five wins.
Plus, a total of 23 consecutive wins at local events
from 2014 to 2018. A bitter pill for their rivals.
The thrill fans experience by watching
these “seven-mechanic concerts” is
the same as when their favourite duo
is passing. They are as great as those
behind the wheel. Rally Zlín 2019.
2018: Five wins for Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler,
three for Pontus Tidemand. It is worth mentioning
that before this series started, Kopecký was not
expected to take part. He was offered to go to
Monte Carlo, which he won, and the team said
they would consider fielding him again. Then
he was called up to Corsica … and won once more!
Who will beat ŠKODA?
So far, only COVID-19 has beaten the brand
as well as hitting the whole world. Many
rallies planned in the Czech Republic and
around the globe had to be cancelled in the
2020 season. Ten events were cancelled
in the WRC / WRC 2 / WRC 3 schedules;
seven took place, six were counted. The final
standings of the 2020 WRC 2 season: with
108 points, Pontus Tidemand / Patrik Barth
finished second, four points behind Mads
Østberg / Torstein Eriksen.
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