Alghero, 10 June 2018 – Time to celebrate in the beautiful harbour of Alghero on the
Mediterranean island of Sardinia: At Rally Italia Sardegna ŠKODA Motorsport achieved a
double victory, in total the sixth WRC 2 win out of seven rounds of the FIA World Rally
Championship 2018. Jan Kopecký (CZE) and co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZE) powered their
ŠKODA FABIA R5 to their third season victory in the WRC 2 category. ŠKODA juniors Ole
Christian “O.C.” Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermoen (NOR/NOR) finished second after an
impressive race to catch up. ŠKODA factory drivers Pontus Tidemand (who as planned was
not competing this weekend), Jan Kopecký and O.C. Veiby are now holding the top three
positions of the WRC 2 championship standings.
Sun and fun, rain and pain, fog and blue sky, dust and mud: The 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna offered
all kind of weather and road conditions for the crews facing 20 stages totalling more than 314
kilometres on the beautiful Mediterranean island. ŠKODA works crew Jan Kopecký (CZE) and
Pavel Dresler (CZE) held a comfortable lead of more than three minutes going into the last day of
the rally. Their young teammates Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermoen had recovered
from their Friday’s mishap, when they were delayed by a suspension issue. During Saturday they
already stormed from eighth to third position with a string of six fastest times. But on the final day of
the rally, they clearly wanted more. On the remaining four stages over 42 kilometres, they tried to
close a 28.2 second gap to second place in the WRC 2 category.
And “O.C.” Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermoen launched their attack proper on the first Sunday stage
being a full 12 seconds quicker than second placed Hyundai driver Ciamin, closing the gap down to
16.2 seconds! While Jan Kopecký admitted “I am nearly driving around every stone on the track
and want to bring my ŠKODA FABIA R5 and the victory home”, Ole Christian Veiby continued his
massive attack. On the 6.96 kilometres long 18th stage he was again 11.6 seconds quicker than his
rival and reduced the gap to 4.6 seconds. One stage later, Veiby finally managed to conquer
second place, eventually bringing it to the finish in Alghero. With this amazing result, he moved into
third position of the interim WRC 2 championship standings.
ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek concluded: “What a fantastic performance from Jan and
O.C. alike, which makes me proud and happy! Now we won six out of seven rounds of the WRC 2
category in 2018 and we are on a good way to defend our titles. Concerning the driver’s
championship, Pontus and Jan will do the same number of events until the end of the season and
will have an equal chance in the title fight – may the best win!”
Final Result Rally Italia Sardegna (WRC 2)
1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZE/CZE), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 3:42:33.3 h
2. Veiby/Skjaermoen (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +3:02.6 min.
3. Ciamin/de la Haye (FRA/FRA), Hyundai i20, +3:18.7 min.
4. Andolfi/Scattolin (ITA/ITA), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +6:32.2 min.
5. Pieniazek/Mazur (POL/POL), ŠKODA FABIA R5, +7:11.3 min.
Current championship standings WRC 2 (after 7 of 13 rounds)
1. Tidemand (SWE), ŠKODA, 93 points
2. Kopecký (CZE) ŠKODA, 75 points
3. Veiby (NOR), ŠKODA, 45 points
4. Greensmith (GBR), Ford, 40 points
Pieniazek (POL), ŠKODA, 40 points
Number of the day: 11
At Rally Italia Sardegna, ŠKODA junior O.C. Veiby won eleven out of 20 stages in the WRC 2
category and finished his impressive race in second place behind winner and ŠKODA teammate
The calendar of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
Great Britain 04/10/–07/10/2018