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    Jan Kopecky
    2012/03/18

    IRC: Canary Islands Rally dominated by Škoda cars

    Fantastic battle between winner Kopecký and second-placed Mikkelsen up until the very end of the rally and second consecutive double for Škoda.
    Taking place on asphalt roads in Gran Canaria, the second event of this year´s IRC championship offered a thrilling spectacle. The fans saw a fierce battle for every second between winner Jan Kopecký of Škoda Motorsport and second-placed Andreas Mikkelsen of Škoda UK Motorsport. Although Mikkelsen had a 3.6 second lead after the last-but-one stage, it was Jan Kopecký who celebrated victory in the end. Škoda has thus achieved a second consecutive double to reinforce its lead in the Manufacturers category and Mikkelsen tops the standings in the Drivers category.
     
    Kopecký won eight stages in total, Mikkelsen won seven. Kopecký had a 1.2 second lead after Day 1, but Mikkelsen caught up with him in Saturday´s first stage and remained first up until the last stage, defending a tiny lead over Kopecký. However, Mikkelsen had bad luck in the last stage when a minor technical problem cost him the overall victory.
     
    Making his asphalt debut in a Fabia Super 2000, Sepp Wiegand of ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland repeated his fourth place from the Azores Islands and is third overall after the first two events of this year´s IRC series.

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