Jan Kopecky has tipped defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, Nicolas Vouilloz, to win the next round of the series in Brazil.
Czech Republic star Kopecky will skip the 5-7 March Rally de Curitiba because it's not part of his Skoda team's six-event schedule, but he reckons Vouilloz, who failed to score on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally last month, when he broke his Peugeot 207's suspension sliding into a ditch, will bounce back from that disappointment and claim all ten drivers' championship points in South America.
"He will be trying to do his best after Monte Carlo and I believe he will win this rally," the 27-year old said, "This guy is really amazing, very nice - but also very, very fast."
Kopecky competed against Vouilloz on four rounds of the IRC in 2008, and beat him to third place on the Rally of Portugal last May.
"Not only is Nicolas a very good driver," Kopecky continued, "but he doesn't make so many mistakes. Monte Carlo was the first rally where I had seen him go off. He's very professional and will come back."
Vouilloz, who turned 33 earlier this month, will drive one of three Peugeot 207 Super 2000s prepared by the Belgian Kronos Racing squad in Brazil. He will be co-driven by fellow Frenchman Nicolas Klinger.