Jan Kopecky managed to finish twelfth overall on the Wales Rally GB at the weekend, an event that heralded the end of his two-year programme with the Skoda Fabia WRC.

Kopecky has taken in eleven of the 16 events that made up the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship, and while he couldn't score points on the season finale, it was still a pretty good season for the Czech.

Indeed he managed to notch up points on five events in total, including a fantastic fifth place finish on the Rallye Deutschland back in August. He finishes the year joint tenth in the drivers' championship standings, having scored 10 points.

"Of course I am happy about the fact that we were able to finish the Rally GB in conditions, which were extremely difficult," he reflected. "This start gave us much experience for the future.

"This year's Rally GB has ended our two-year co-operation programme with ?koda Auto a.s., which has helped us start with the Skoda Fabia WRC in selected rallies on the world championship circuit. I am very grateful not only to the company in Mlad? Boleslav, but also to our other partners, who were helping us throughout this unbelievably difficult programme.

"Huge thanks, which cannot even be expressed in words, belongs to my dad. Without him we would never be able to set off on such a tough journey. I am hopeful that we will have an opportunity to really benefit from all the earned experience in the future."

Kopecky's co-driver, Filip Schovanek also thanked everyone for their support and said that the last two years really have been a dream come true.

"I must admit that sadness dropped over me at the start of the final special stage of the Rally GB. I remembered back to everything that me and Jan and the rest of the crew experienced on this wild ride of the world rally circuit," he continued. "Everyone wants to race in the best league and I had this dream come true.

"For two years we were competing with the absolute world's best. Hopefully we can consider our participation a success. Thank you to team members, especially mechanics, our partners and everyone else, who made it possible for my dream to come true."

Czech Rally Team Kopecky manager, Josef Kopecky meanwhile is convinced that the programme has been a success and he was happy to see Jan score this year not only on asphalt but also on the snow in Norway and on gravel in Greece.

"I am very happy with this year's participation in the World Rally Championship. We have been able to turn our participation into a points finish five times. Jan and Filip have earned a fantastic fifth place and scored in winter conditions and on typical gravel rallies. They clearly proved that they belong in the WRC," he added.

"Our two year programme with a car in the highest specification was successful and the earned experiences among the world's best teams and crews are a huge benefit for the future.

"I am of course greatly thankful to all partners and especially ?koda Auto a.s. In closing it must be mentioned that the top performance in extremely demanding conditions was turned in by the entire Czech Rally Team Kopeck?. Behind each kilometre driven there hides an enormous amount of careful work by the mechanics and technicians."

What Jan will do in 2008 remains to be seen - although, a move to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, where he is tipped to drive the all-new Skoda Fabia Super 2000, is one possibility.


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