Kopecký clinched his second national title with ŠKODA last month alongside co-driver Pavel Dresler on the back of five consecutive victories in his domestic series. But he’s giving his rivals a chance of taking a greater share of the limelight on the season-closing Príbram Rally from 6/7 October by driving the event safety car, a road-going ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo, instead of his regular Super 2000-specification rally-ready Fabia.
“First of all, Pavel and I are pleased to have secured the championship title with one event still to go,” said Kopecký, a Czech ambassador for the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign. “We will take on a new role this time, and we believe that we can at least partly contribute to enhancing the safety of our beautiful sport. Generally, it is important to boost the safety enhancement efforts in rallying.”
ŠKODA Motorsport head Michal Hrabánek added: “Permanent enhancement of safety on rally tracks is a must, and we will gladly support the joint efforts of the Czech championship promoter and the event organiser. By winning the championship title, our team has achieved the maximum possible result on the Czech stages this year, and I wish to congratulate Jan and Pavel on this achievement. I am positive that they have a lot of experience that they can contribute to the overall safety enhancement efforts.”