Taking place in the surroundings of Mladá Boleslav, this year's Bohemia Rally was substantially affected by bad weather. Of the originally planned 12 special stages and 222 kilometres, the competitors only did five and 60 km, respectively. With three special stages won, the overall winners are Škoda Motorsport's Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula. Their team-mates Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý won the two remaining stages and came second, 14.4 seconds behind the winning crew. To make the “rostrum conquest” complete for the Škoda Fabia Super 2000, Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floen with a private Fabia owned by the Italian team MRT finished third.
Commenting on this year's Bohemia Rally, Head of Škoda Motorsport Michal Hrabánek says: “It's a pity that the race had to be cut short due to bad weather, the organisers have indeed prepared an exciting and pretty challenging track. Anyway, we appreciate any opportunity of appearing before local rally fans and Škoda supporters, including our staff. I wish to thank both our crews and the entire team for preparing really well for this event and putting in a really professional performance throughout the race. It is absolutely lovely to see three Škoda crews on the rostrum.“
Juho Hänninen: “Both me and Mikka looked forward to racing on snow, although this event is normally an asphalt one. We did not do much racing in the end, but we understand that the track was not at all in good condition. We are glad that we have won here – I spend a lot of time in the Czech Republic these days, both for work reasons and for fun, and so this triumph is quite special to me.“
Jan Kopecký: “Bohemia is a lovely race, and we looked forward to fighting for every second with Juho and other top racers. What we did in the end was kind of sprint, but it's obvious that it is not possible to drive on a snow-covered track with trees fallen over it. Anyway, the organisers did a cracking job, we all know that it was not at all easy. I wish to congratulate Juho on winning today, he really deserves it.“
Zdroj: Škoda Auto a. s.
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