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    Jännerrallye 03-05 Jan 2013 - Austria

    The start of the new ERC (European Rally Championship)



    ERC Rally Radio live from the Jännerrallye

    ERC Rally Radio will be broadcasting throughout the International Jännerrallye, round one of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship.

    With Julian Porter and Chris Rawes (pictured) reporting live from the stage ends and the service park, Greg Strange presenting and Mark Jones producing, ERC Rally Radio will be on air from 08:00hrs CET on Friday 4 January and 07:15hrs on Saturday 5 January.

    To listen to ERC Rally Radio click on the link at www.fiaerc.com.

    or click: rallyradio.com/RallyRadio/RRPOPPLAY2.html

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    ERC excitement builds in Austria


    The excitement is continuing to build in the Austrian town of Freistadt where the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship will start later today with the 30th running of the International Jännerrallye.

    Shakedown for the event is currently underway on the 1.99-kilometre Freistadt Trölsberg practice stage, which is located approximately three kilometres from the event service park.

    Following the completion of shakedown at 15:00hrs local time, all competing crews and their cars will take part in an official presentation in Freistadt’s Stadtplatz at 16:30hrs. The ceremonial start will then take place inside the Freistadt Messehalle at 19:30hrs.

    Ambient temperatures are hovering around the one-degree centigrade mark. Thousands of fans are expected to line the route on Friday’s opening leg, which coincides with a public holiday in Austria.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/42

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    After SS1: Baumschlager in trouble as Kopeckı flies

    Raimund Baumschlager’s bid to win the International Jännerrallye for a fourth time has got off to a troubled start.

    The 10-time Austrian champion was almost one minute slower than opening stage winner and fellow ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driver Jan Kopeckı, who won in Austria last season.

    Baumschlager opted for a narrow studded tyre for the 18.99-kilometre Pierbach stage, which was largely wet with only a scattering of ice. The BRR team boss made the choice in anticipation for the extensive build up of ice on stages two and three of the FIA European Rally Championship counter.

    “We lose too much time, it was definitely the wrong tyre choice,” said Baumschlager, who is 57.2s behind Kopeckı in the overall classification.

    Frenchman Bryan Bouffier was 4.7s down on Kopeckı in a Peugeot 207 with multiple Czech champion Václav Pech (MINI John Cooper Works S2000) currently next up. “I’m happy to be at the end of the stage, it was tricky for sure,” said Bouffier. “It’s not easy to see the ice and the ice doesn’t have good grip.”

    Pech, meanwhile, said his car’s set-up was too soft for the conditions. He was 12.6s slower than Kopeckı.

    French rallying legend François Delecour, driving a Peugeot for Kronos Racing, chose the wide tyre but experienced a loss of studs during the stage and dropped 21.9s to Kopeckı.

    ERC Production Car Cup contender Beppo Harrach also selected the narrow option tyre and admitted it had been a mistake. He was 1m11.4s off the leading pace in his Group N Mitsubishi Lancer. Last year’s ERC runner-up Michal Sołowow reported a number of muddy corners in his Peugeot.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/54

    Stage Times: Janner SS1

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    After SS2: Baumschlager hits back in Austria

    Raimund Baumschlager has hit back from his stage one disappointment by going 27.5s faster than International Jännerrallye leader Jan Kopeckı on stage two of the FIA European Rally Championship round.

    While Baumschlager’s choice of narrow studded tyres for the mainly ice-free opening test proved disastrous when he dropped almost one minute to Kopeckı, it proved ideal for the 10.22-kilometre Libenau run, which featured significant icy sections and some snow on the road. The BRR ŠKODA pilot is now 29.7s adrift of Kopeckı in the overall standings.

    Like Baumschlager, Beppo Harrach was also running on the narrow studded tyre and was a mere 1.7s off the pace in his ERC Production Car Cup-chasing Mitsubishi Lancer following an impressive performance.

    Kopeckı, meanwhile, was running on the wide studded tyre and also suggested running first on the road had contributed to his time loss after he reported having to cut through a coating of snow in his ŠKODA Fabia. He said: “I think we will lose some time but it doesn’t matter, there is still a long way to go.”

    Bryan Bouffier, who was 4.7s behind Kopeckı after stage one, dropped 30s to his Czech rival. “It was very bad,” said the French Peugeot driver, who loses his second place to Václav Pech and drops down to fifth overall. “I tried to drive well but it was tricky.”

    François Delecour reported a couple of off-road moments but was only 7.7s down on Kopeckı, such was his determination behind the wheel of his Kronos Racing Peugeot. “It was very difficult and easy to make a mistake,” said Delecour.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/56

    Stage Times: Janner SS2

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    After SS3: Orsak fastest, Baumschlager closes up

    The battle for victory on the International Jännerrallye has taken a dramatic twist with Raimund Baumschlager slashing Jan Kopeckı’s overall lead to 2.3s heading to the mid-morning service in Freistadt.

    Baumschlager, the reigning Austrian champion, started the third 8.68-kilometre St Oswald test trailing Czech title-holder Kopeckı by 29.7s, but is now within touching distance of his fellow ŠKODA Fabia driver after three stages thanks largely to his decision to use narrow studded tyres on the ice-coated second and third tests.

    At the completion of the fog-hit third run, Baumschlager told ERC Rally Radio’s Julian Porter: “We could be faster but it would take a lot of risk.”

    Although Baumschlager’s performance was impressive, Beppo Harrach and Jaroslav Orsák managed to go even faster with Mitsubishi Lancer driver Orsak winning the stage with an advantage of 2.1s over Harrach. Jan Černı also beat Baumschlager’s time and climbs to fifth overall on his switch to four-wheel-drive competition for 2013.

    Elsewhere, Pavel Valoušek said he “went off on every corner” in his Peugeot 207, which was sporting a damaged windscreen at the stage finish. Václav Pech, who was second at the stage start, lost 10s going off in his MINI. He drops to third overall, albeit a mere 2.7s behind Kopeckı. Harrach, meanwhile, climbs to fourth.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/58

    Stage Times: Janner SS3


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    After SS4: Bouffier makes it four from four

    The FIA European Rally Championship’s new strapline for 2013 is Serious Competition Ahead.

    By winning stage four of the International Jännerrallye – the second run through the 18.99 kilometres of Pierbach – Bryan Bouffier has shown exactly what that means by becoming the fourth different stage winner in succession.

    The French ace, in an SC Ateneo Peugeot 207, was a full 6.1s faster than second-fastest MINI driver Václav Pech with event leader Jan Kopeckı 1.3s further back for ŠKODA Motorsport.

    Pech’s performance puts him back up to second ahead of 10-time Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager, while Bouffier – a winner of Rallye Monte-Carlo in the past – is now in fifth place heading to stage five, Libenau.

    “It was difficult,” said Bouffier, who was one of several leading runners on the wide studded tyre. “It’s really muddy everywhere and it’s funny to drive with spikes in these conditions.”

    François Delecour lost time with a broken gear lever at the stage start, while a puncture four kilometres from the stage finish slowed Antonin Tlusťák in a GPD Mit Metal Racing Team Fabia. Beppo Harrach was the fastest ERC Production Car Cup contender with Hannes Danzinger setting the pace in the ERC 2WD Championship section in a Renault Clio R3 to demote Hermann Neubauer in the process.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/60

    Stage Times: Janner SS4

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    After SS5: Baumschlager snatches Jännerrallye lead

    Raimund Baumschlager proved he’s as good at driving rally cars as he is at running teams by snatching the lead of the International Jännerrallye.

    The Baumschlager Rallye und Racing Team boss and 10-time Austrian champion was 4.4s quicker than erstwhile leader Jan Kopeckı on the repeat of the 10.22-kilometre Liebenau test to snatch top spot on the FIA European Rally Championship counter in his ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 by 3.4s.

    Bryan Bouffier and Beppo Harrach shared the second fastest time but Bouffier remains in fifth overall behind Harrach. Meanwhile, Václav Pech reckoned he hadn’t driven fast enough and slips to third in his MINI.

    Kajetan Kajetanowicz impressed with the fourth quickest time in his Lotos Rally Team Subaru Impreza. The Polish champion is a rival to Harrach for glory in the ERC Production Car Cup.

    Rallying legend François Delecour is using the bar from his car’s jack as a makeshift gear lever after the original broke at the start of stage four. He was 15.9s slower than stage winner Baumschlager.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/61

    Stage Times: Janner SS5

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    After SS6: Kopeckı retakes lead in Austria

    Jan Kopeckı is back in front on the International Jännerrallye. The Czech champion has demoted Raimund Baumschlager on the FIA European Rally Championship qualifier heading to service in Freistadt.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/64

    Stage Times: Janner SS6


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    After SS7: Kopeckı thanks team for stage win

    Jan Kopeckı has paid tribute to his ŠKODA Motorsport team following his fastest time through stage seven of the International Jännerrallye.
    With the 8.76-kilometre Pregarten test free of ice, the bulk of the leading drivers have opted for treaded rather than studded tyres. Kopeckı’s mechanics went one step further by replacing the suspension on all four corners of Kopeckı’s Fabia Super 2000 during the 20-minute service halt in Freistadt to provide the Czech driver with an optimal car set-up.
    “Thanks to the guys, they made a great job,” said Kopeckı, who won the Austrian event in 2012. “It was very hard to change all the suspension but they did and they changed the brakes and everything.”
    Kopeckı’s stage best means he now leads the FIA European Rally Championship round by 13.6s with three stages of day one remaining.
    François Delecour’s Kronos Racing Peugeot 207 has been restored to full working order after the Visit Romania-backed legend was forced to tackle stages four, five and six with a broken gearstick.
    Raimund Baumschlager, meanwhile, bucked the trend by fitting studded tyres to his BRR Fabia in the belief that there will be snow on the 22.93-kilometre Schönau-St Leonard stage.

    click:fiaerc.com/news/69

    Stage Times: Janner SS7

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    After SS8: Rainmaster Bouffier closes on top spot

    Bryan Bouffier is just 9.4s behind Jan Kopeckı in the battle for first place on the International Jännerrallye following a stunning performance on the rain and fog-hit eighth stage.
    The Peugeot 207 ace shot from fifth to second on the FIA European Rally Championship round by winning the 22.93-kilometre Schönau-St Leonhard test, which took place in demanding conditions.
    “It was crazy, really crazy, so slippery in his situation and it was dark so a tough stage for sure,” said Bouffier, who was running a full rain tyre.
    “It was the most difficult stage of the rally,” said ŠKODA driver Kopeckı, who was 15s slower than Bouffier. “It started to rain heavily, there was aquaplaning, fog and ice in some places. I am really happy to be in the finish.”
    Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager was second quickest, 13.9s down on Bouffier, but drops to third overall behind the rapid Frenchman.
    Beppo Harrach suffered a significant time loss when his car’s windscreen misted up and the Austrian struggled to see where he was going. Václav Pech, meanwhile, reported issues with his MINI’s headlights and dropped down the order to fourth. Polish champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz is up to fifth. Jan Černı lost time when he went off the road in his Fabia.
    A 20-minute service halt in Freistadt gets underway at 18:00hrs local time prior to stage nine, Pregarten.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/71

    Stage Times: Janner SS8

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    After SS9: MINI driver Pech on top

    Václav Pech has scored the first win by a MINI driver in the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship by setting the pace through Friday’s penultimate test, the 8.76-kilometre Pregarten run.
    Pech edged fellow Czech driver and event leader Jan Kopeckı by 0.5s to cement fourth place in the overall classification. By going 3.9s quicker than Bryan Bouffier, Kopeckı has extended has advantage over the French driver in the battle for victory on the International Jännerrallye.
    Once again, heavy rain added to the challenge facing the drivers on the spectacular Austrian event, which caught out Bouffier and rallying legend François Delecour who both briefly left the road, albeit without significant time loss.
    “I went off two or three times in a field but I was still flat out,” said Delecour, who is driving a Kronos Racing Peugeot. “I was too fast in a fast corner, I was in a field but I came back out onto the road.”
    Kajetan Kajetanowicz continues to set the pace in the ERC Production Car Cup, the Polish champion going fourth quickest overall in his Subaru Impreza.

    Friday’s action draws to a close with the rerun of the 22.93 Schönau-St Leonhard stage at 19:30hrs local time.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/72

    Stage Times: Janner SS9

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    End of Day 1 -- After SS10: Kopeckı extends lead with stage victory

    Jan Kopeckı has extended his lead of the International Jännerrallye by winning Friday’s rain-hit closing test.
    It was the Czech champion’s third stage win of the FIA European Rally Championship season-opener and hands him an advantage of 20.2s over Bryan Bouffier at the completion of leg one.

    As a result, ŠKODA driver Kopeckı scores seven bonus points as the leg winner. Bonus points are also awarded to the other six drivers filling the top seven places.

    Bouffier, who was 6.9s slower than Kopeckı through the 22.93-kilometre Schönau-St Leonhard test, said: “It was very tricky and Jan was quicker on this stage but it has been good to finish the first leg without any mistake when it has been quite easy to crash.”

    Stage nine winner Václav Pech dropped almost 1m20s when he went straight on and damaged the front of his MINI. “It was my mistake,” said Pech, who was trying to carry out repairs at the completion of the stage to possible damaged suspension.

    François Delecour reported his choice of snow tyres affected his pace, while Raimund Baumschlager admitted to being slightly cautious in the heavy rain in order to preserve his comfortable lead in the Austrian championship classification.

    The 45-minute service halt in Freistadt begains at 20:40hrs local time. Saturday’s action begins with the 8.27-kilometre Gutau stage at 07:38hrs. There are eight stages on Saturday over a competitive distance of 109.18 kilometres.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/73

    Stage Times: Janner SS10



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    Bucket list event for me since it is run not far from my ancestral home, Rohrbach am Berg. Someday . . .
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    Day 2

    After SS11: Big moment for Baumschlager in Austria


    Raimund Baumschlager feared for his third place on the International Jännerrallye following a “big moment” on Saturday’s opening stage.

    Baumschlager, the 10-time Austrian champion, hit trouble approximately one kilometre from the finish of the 8.27-kilometre Gutau test.

    “It was a big moment,” said Baumschlager. “I was late on the brakes, touched some mud and was very lucky not to go off the road.”

    In the battle for first place, Jan Kopeckı has extended his lead of the FIA European Rally Championship round to 24s after going fastest on the stage, which was subjected to heavy rain and took place in ambient temperatures approaching six degrees centigrade.

    “Again it was very difficult because it was raining a lot and I am something like the eighth car on the road and there is a lot of mud,” said the ŠKODA driver, who is actually running in seventh place following Antonín Tlusťák’s decision not to restart on day two. “At least for the second pass I will know the places where the mud is coming into the corners.”

    Peugeot driver Bryan Bouffier, second in the overall classification, was 3.8s slower than Kopeckı. “I was a bit surprised by some slippery parts so I don’t think my time will be so good,” said the French driver.

    Elsewhere, Martin Fischerlehner suffered a spin nearing the stage finish, while Beppo Harrach reported a lack of confidence with the set-up of his Mitsubishi Lancer.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/84

    Stage Times: Janner SS11

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    After SS12: Sleeping Delecour suffers stage spin

    François Delecour has blamed a lack of concentration for a spin early on stage 12 of the International Jännerrallye, which took place in heavy rain.

    Delecour, who hopes to contest up to 10 rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, holds fifth overall on the Austrian event but said he was far from happy following his rotation at the wheel of his Kronos Racing Peugeot 207.

    “I spin at the beginning of the stage, I was sleeping, I am unhappy against me,” said the rallying legend.

    Out front Bryan Bouffier has trimmed Jan Kopeckı’s overall advantage to 16.7s after he beat his Czech rival by 7.3s through the stage.

    Jaromír Tarabus is running out of order after an electrical problem struck his Kresta Racing ŠKODA. He continues to hold ninth overall but might drop down the order when time penalties are applied.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/86

    Stage Times: Janner SS12

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    After SS13: Cautious Kopeckı’s lead is cut

    Fear of skating off the road on patches of ice nearing the stage finish prompted event leader Jan Kopeckı to take a cautious approach on stage 13 of the International Jännerrallye.

    As a result the factory ŠKODA Motorsport driver heads to mid-morning service in Freistadt with his lead on round one of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship trimmed to 14.3s with five stages remaining.

    “I was too careful on the last part,” said the reigning Czech champion. “I didn’t want to risk because there is still a long way to go. Bryan [Bouffier] is pushing like hell but he has nothing to lose. I think I can go much faster but I had in my pacenotes there was ice everywhere but in the end it was just in a few parts.”

    While Raimund Baumschlager was able to strengthen his grip on third place by winning the 7.79-kilometre Arena Königswiesen test, Václav Pech is beginning to come under pressure from François Delecour in the battle for fourth.

    “We push to try to get back to fourth position,” said Delecour. “I try to catch Pech but it’s not easy. I am experienced but they know the roads, I am here for the first time.”

    click: fiaerc.com/news/87

    Stage Times: Janner SS13


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    After SS14: Kopeckı strikes back in Austria

    Jan Kopeckı has responded to Bryan Bouffier’s advances in the best possible fashion by setting the fastest time on the rerun of the 8.27-kilometre Gutau stage.

    Kopeckı’s advantage over his rival had been trimmed to 14.3s after 13 stages but a rapid run on stage 14 means his lead stands at 20s with four tests remaining.

    At the completion of the run, Kopeckı told ERC Rally Radio’s Chris Rawes that he was pushing to fend off Bouffier despite encountering patches of mud that had been dragged onto the rain-coated road by several cars running ahead of him in the starting order.

    “Of course I need to push because Bryan is pushing so much,” said ŠKODA driver Kopeckı, who was 5.7s quicker than Bouffier. “But it is not easy because there is so much mud on the corners in some places and in other places there is no mud. I’ve had some not nice moments.”

    With the handling of his Mitsubishi Lancer improved following a differential change at service in Freistadt, ERC Production Car Cup contender Beppo Harrach went second quickest. Raimund Baumschlager was fourth fastest behind Peugeot driver Bouffier with Kajetan Kajetanowicz a strong fifth in his Subaru Impreza.

    Rallying legend François Delecour’s bid to catch Václav Pech for fourth in the overall classification suffered a setback when the Frenchman reported that he did not have sufficient tyres for the wet conditions. “I have none left, only slick tyres with a cut,” said the Peugeot veteran.

    Jaromír Tarabus has incurred 1m40s of time penalties due to the earlier electrical problems he encountered. The Czech is currently in 10th overall.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/93

    Stage Times: Janner SS14

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    After SS15: Drama as Bouffier survives spin to move in front

    Bryan Bouffier has shot into the lead of the International Jännerrallye as the battle for victory on the FIA European Rally Championship season-opener took a dramatic twist on stage 15.

    Jan Kopeckı, in a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000, had been leading by 20s but a front-left puncture approximately seven kilometres from the stage finish means the Czech champion slips to third behind Bouffier and Raimund Baumschlager. Bouffier feared his hopes of winning would be over when he spun his Peugeot 207 but Kopeckı’s delay means the Frenchman moves into top spot in Austria for the first time.

    With three stages remaining Bouffier’s lead over 10-time Austrian champion Baumschlager is 27.4s. Kopeckı, who had led for all but one stage, is 2.3s further back having lost almost one minute as he limped to the end of the run.

    “I have to say the drivers [in front] are crazy and cutting like hell everywhere,” said a dejected Kopeckı, the winner in Austria 12 months ago. “In the line there was a stone and I hit the stone.”

    Bouffier also lost time when he spun three kilometres from the finish of the 13.53 kilometres of Unterweisenbach but his time loss was far less significant than he originally feared thanks to Kopeckı’s misfortune.

    François Delecour’s bid to wrestle fourth place from Václav Pech suffered another blow after he picked up a front-left puncture. Driving a Kronos Racing Peugeot 207, the Visit Romania-backed star was attempting to take time out of his Czech rival, in a MINI John Cooper Works, when the tyre failed eight kilometres from the stage finish.

    As a result, Delecour drops to seventh behind Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Beppo Harrach, who scored his first stage win to cut Kajetanowicz’s advantage in the Production Car Cup to 17.1s.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/95

    Stage Times: Janner SS15

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    After SS16: Kopeckı not giving up on Jännerrallye glory

    Jan Kopeckı insists he’s not giving up on winning the International Jännerrallye following his puncture on stage 15.

    Kopeckı has moved ahead of Raimund Baumschlager into second place but trails Bryan Bouffier by 25s with two 25-kilometre stages of the FIA European Rally Championship qualifier left to run.

    “I have to say everything is possible,” said the ŠKODA Motorsport driver. “I took quite a big risk but I have no spare wheel left. I will go to the team to decide if we try. Of course everybody wants to win but I need to think a bit about the championship. The next stage is very long and if you are enough crazy you can make a lot of time.”

    Despite his determination to catch Bouffier, Kopeckı actually failed to win the stage with Polish ERC Production Car Cup contender Kajetan Kajetanowicz grabbing the accolade in his Subaru Impreza.

    Peugeot 207 driver Bouffier, meanwhile, has vowed to maintain his focus at the head of the leaderboard. “I keep my concentration and I hope to stay in the same position,” said Bouffier. “It’s very easy to get a puncture with a lot of cuts and stones. It can happen to all the drivers. Maybe Jan can push like hell and do a very good time.”

    click: fiaerc.com/news/96

    Stage Times: Janner SS16

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    After SS17: Charging Kopeckı closes on Austria ERC lead

    Jan Kopeckı has underlined his determination to begin the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship with victory by setting a stunning time through the penultimate stage of the International Jännerrallye.

    In heavy rain, Kopeckı was a sensational 14.4s quicker than rival Bryan Bouffier to cut the Frenchman’s overall advantage to 10.6s with one 25-kilometre stage left to run.

    “The time could have been better but it started to rain a bit heavily and we had more water on the road,” said ŠKODA Motorsport ace Kopeckı, who had depleted his spare tyre supply with his puncture on stage 15 where he lost top spot to Bouffier.

    Peugeot driver Bouffier said: “It was raining like hell on this one and we were aquaplaning. I had to push because Jan is not so far behind. Jan knows how to disconnect and go crazy. He was so quick, too quick.”

    In the ERC Production Car Cup, local hero Beppo Harrach now tops the category from Kajetan Kajetanowicz in fifth overall. In the battle for ERC 2WD Championship glory, Hannes Danzinger was delayed completing the stage when he had to stop to change a punctured right-rear tyre on his Renault Clio. But with a comfortable margin in the category his loss of four minutes is not expected to have hit his chances of class victory.

    Crews now have a 20-minute service halt in Freistadt before the final stage.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/97

    Stage Times: Janner SS17


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    BREAKING NEWS: Drama as Kopeckı wins by half a second

    Jan Kopeckı has won the International Jännerrallye by half a second following a dramatic finish to the FIA European Rally Championship round in Austria.

    ŠKODA’s Kopeckı started the closing 25-kilometre stage 10.6s adrift of rival Bryan Bouffier but moved ahead when he outpaced the French driver in wet and foggy conditions.

    Peugeot driver Bouffier settled for second with 10-time Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager taking third.

    For Czech champion Kopeckı his victory was his second on the Freistadt event in as many years. It was also a fitting reward after a puncture dropped him out of the lead earlier in the day.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/98

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    After SS18: ERC glory for ace Kopeckı… by half a second!

    Czech Republic's Jan Kopeckı has won the International Jännerrallye by half a second following a dramatic finish to the FIA European Rally Championship round in Austria.

    Kopeckı, in a factory ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000, started the closing 25-kilometre stage 10.6s adrift of rival Bryan Bouffier but moved ahead when he outpaced the Peugeot driver by 11.1s as heavy rain and fog made for difficult driving conditions.

    Peugeot driver Bouffier settled for second with 10-time Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager taking third.

    For Czech champion Kopeckı his victory was his second on the Freistadt event in as many years. It was also a fitting reward after a puncture dropped him out of the lead earlier in the day.

    “I never stopped believing I could win because if you stop believing you cannot achieve anything,” said Kopeckı who initially thought he hadn’t done enough to beat Bouffier. “I was still believing and still hoping.”

    Bouffier added: “I tried to drive very well but it was very complicated because the stage was so dirty and so quick. There was a lot of mud and you needed a big heart.”

    Václav Pech took fourth overall with Austrian Beppo Harrach winning the ERC Production Car Cup in fifth position following a close battle with Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Harrach feared he’d picked up a right-rear puncture after nudging a concrete block but emerged unscathed to head the Polish champion.

    There was disappointment for Czech rising star Jan Černı who dropped out of ninth place when he crashed into a ditch and was unable to regain the road. Meanwhile, Hannes Danzinger took the ERC 2WD Championship honours in his Renault Clio R3.

    click: fiaerc.com/news/99

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