Kopecký leads, Bouffier slips
News after SS3
Works Škoda Motorsport driver Jan Kopecký has maintained his advantage at the top of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín leaderboard following stage three, the 14.95-kilometre Zádveøice test. But there was frustration for Bryan Bouffier who slipped from third to ninth when he went off the road.
Kopecký, the 2009 event winner, was 1.2s faster through the stage than Intercontinental Rally Challenge leader Juho Hänninen. Kris Meeke was third quickest to reclaim the final podium spot in his Peugeot UK 207.
Bouffier had started the stage in third but lost approximately 15 seconds when he went off the road into a field. Fortunately his Peugeot 207 S2000 didn’t sustain any damage and he was able to finish the stage.
Guy Wilks and Andreas Mikkelsen also spun with Wilks telling Rally Radio that he also struck a deer that wandered into the path of his Fabia.
Overall positions after SS3:
|01||Kopecký Jan / Starý Petr||Škoda Fabia S2000||20m07.3s|
|02||Hänninen Juho / Markkula Mikko||Škoda Fabia S2000||+6.2s|
|03||Meeke Kris / Nagle Paul||Peugeot 207 S2000||+10.3s|
|04||Loix Freddy / Miclotte Fréderic||Škoda Fabia S2000||+11.7s|
|05||Pech Václav / Uhel Petr||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX||+17.1s|
|06||Kresta Roman / Gross Petr||Škoda Fabia S2000||+21.8s|
|07||Neuville Thierry / Klinger Nicolas||Peugeot 207 S2000||+23.2s|
|08||Valoušek Pavel / Hrůza Zdeněk||Škoda Fabia S2000||+23.4s|
|09||Bouffier Bryan / Panseri Xavier||Peugeot 207 S2000||+23.9s|
|10||Mikkelsen Andreas / Floene Ola||Ford Fiesta S2000||+35.0s|
|11||Wilks Guy / Pugh Phil||Škoda Fabia S2000||+36.6s|
|12||Kostka Tomáš / Houšť Vít||Škoda Fabia S2000||+39.5s|
|13||Orsák Jaroslav / Vajík Karel||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX||+49.1s|
|14||Wittmann Franz / Wicha Klaus||Peugeot 207 S2000||+50.6s|
|15||Tarabus Jaromír / Trunkát Daniel||Ford Fiesta S2000||+58.2s|