Driver / co-driver: Jan Kopecky and Pavel Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5).

Press conference

Q:
Jan, what an incredible event you have had. We talked at the pre-event press conference about your performances on tarmac and your history here in Germany, but did you expect that you would win by such a margin here?

Jan Kopecky:
I would say no, because I expected that we would have a close battle, especially with my team-mate, but unfortunately, he drove out on the second stage, and then Armin Kremer had some technical issues, so then we were just driving safely and not so quickly. The gap got bigger and bigger and finally it was four minutes in the end.

Q:
Yes, with four minutes you could have stopped for a coffee on the stage and carried on! Let's talk about the first day, because you said you were in a battle on the first day. How much on your maximum were you then?

Jan Kopecky:
I have to say that the first stage I was driving really on the maximum. Maybe I could find two or three corners where I could have gone a bit faster, and on the second stage, when we were on the start line, we got the message that EP, my team-mate, was out, so from that time we slowed down a bit, but not so much.

Q:
And then the gap gets bigger and bigger. Was that distracting, because so many drivers tell us that when you slow down, you start to make mistakes. Did you try and keep on a good pace?

Jan Kopecky:
Yes, I think it is the same for every driver. If you slow down too much, you start losing the concentration. I said to the team that I tried to do my best, but without any risk. I was careful in some places with loose gravel, because we are not allowed to use the gravel crew, so this was quite difficult in some places. We managed to do this rally without any mistakes and finally, it was amazing.

Q:
From what we saw, you didn't seem to put a wheel wrong all weekend. Did you have any moments at all?

Jan Kopecky:
For sure, I had small moments, it belongs to a rally. When you don't have any moments, you are driving very slowly. So I had some, but the car was working very well and it helped us a lot to survive.

Q:
You talked about this event being good preparation for the Barum Rally, which is next week, so you must be very confident going there?

Jan Kopecky:
I will try to start and go flat out from the very beginning.

Q:
With this nice result in WRC 2, hopefully, we will see you again.

Jan Kopecky:
Yes, hopefully. It depends also on my result in the Barum Rally. If we get to the finish, we can win the Czech Championship title, and then maybe we can go to Corsica. We will see.

Q:
Congratulations on your win Pavel. How were you feeling on the end of it?

Pavel Dresler:
My feeling is very good. For me, this was my second time in the WRC. I love tarmac, there is a lot of adrenalin, especially in the vineyards. It is not so easy to read the notes there, but I have to thank Jan for his very good driving. I enjoyed it, first place in WRC 2 is the best result for me.

Q:
Was it a special feeling to cross the finish line and to know you guys had done it?

Pavel Dresler:
Yes, that was a special feeling. There were a lot of people waiting there, a lot of Czech flags. There were many Czech fans as this is the closest WRC round from the Czech Republic, so I think that they had fun on the stages, just like we had fun in the rally car and enjoyed it very much.

Q:
Talk to me about what the most challenging aspect for a co-driver is. Is it the vineyards, the military ranges?

Pavel Dresler:
For me, probably the fast sections in the vineyards, to read. Some correction in this place is very hard to manage.

 

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